LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Who's Left?/Pure fluff/Tutor drama, and more
The birth of silent reading/ A year to remember/The Great White Northrop, and more
International Man of Mystery
In the West, Mikhail Bakhtin is celebrated for his pathbreaking notions of "carnival" and "dialogism." But key questions about the revered literary theorist remain unanswered. Did he secretly author the definitive Marxist study of language? A transatlantic dispute over authorshipand ideology.
BY MATT STEINGLASS
The Public Defender
In an age of widespread cynicism about the media, an ardent communitarian is trying to rekindle faith in journalism. NYU's Jay Rosen is the chief architect of the "public journalism" movementan effort to use the press to improve civic life. The media is apoplectic. But can Citizen Jay succeed?
BY SCOTT SHERMAN
The Archive Eaters
What did Mao really think of Stalin? Why did the Cubans advise Alexander Haig to read Hume? Since the end of the Cold War, an avalanche of once
top-secret files has landed on the heads of scholars. The Cold War International History Project has brought researchers from East and West together to debate what the documents really mean.
BY EYAL PRESS
Liberté, Egalité, Parité!
The French republic is under siege. A group of feminists and intellectuals want half the country's elected offices to go to womenand they're willing to change the constitution to make it happen.
BY EMILY EAKIN
Jim Holt on the funny side of life.