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January/February 2014

Mohammad Fadel leads a forum on the failure of Egyptian democracy, with replies from Ellis Goldberg, Micheline Ishay, Andrew F. March, Akbar Ganji, and others. Mark Johnston asks, is humanity a ponzi scheme? Katie Cella’s investigation of the Stateless in Dubai, B.K. Fischer on Mary Ruefle, Elizabeth Hand questions the new biography of Norman Rockwell, Robin West reviews Diane Ravtich’s book against corporate school reform, and more.

 

Forum 

What Killed Egyptian Democracy? 

Mohammad Fadel — with responses from:

ELLIS GOLDBERG, MICHELINE ISHAY, NATHAN J. BROWN, ANDREW F. MARCH, AKBAR GANJI, AND ANNE NORTON.


Editors’ Note
Deborah Chasman and Joshua Cohen

Foundations

State of the Nation: Who’s Hot?
John Sides and Michael Tesler
Made in America: Libertarianism Is Very Strange
Claude S. Fischer
Seascape
Holly Pekowsky

Books & Ideas

An America That Never Was: Norman Rockwell’s Vision
Elizabeth Hand
Is Life a Ponzi Scheme? Samuel Scheffler’s Death and the Afterlife
Mark Johnston
Schools and Citizens: Diane Ravitch’s Reign of Error
Robin West
Who Wants to Be Human? Gregory Berns’s How Dogs Love Us
Colin Dayan
Lost Radicals: Michael C. Dawson’s Blacks In and Out of the Left
Eric Mann

On Poetry

Poet’s Sampler
Maud Poole, introduced by Cate Marvin
Sieves of Consciousness: Mary Ruefle’s Trances of the Blast
B.K. Fischer
Microreviews
New books by Matthew Rohrer, Martha Ronk, Amy King, Adam Fitzgerald, and Brenda Shaughnessy.

On Film

Forgetting the Holocaust: Brian Percival’s The Book Thief
Alan A. Stone

Poems

From the First Book of Far Away
Eileen G’Sell
Letter from the Ice Field, December
Sara Eliza Johnson
Explanation
Josh Kalscheur
Vaulted Forms
Adam Fagin
The Mother’s Song
Henry Israeli
Wolf Cento
Simone Muench
Palisades Kepler
Mary Margaret Alvarado
Sonnet for My Son
Henk Rossouw

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