The New York Review of Books

The Passion of Pasolini

On the life and works of the Italian poet and filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini

They Know Much More Than You Think

We don’t know how much data the National Security Agency is gathering about us, let alone what they’re using all that data for.

Double-Cross in the Congo

African history looms large in John le Carré’s espionage novel The Mission Song.

The Liberator

Even at the beginning of his presidency, Nelson Mandela had already accomplished so much.

The Election Mandela Lost

The 1994 South African elections reveal a startling reinvention of F. W. de Klerk’s National Party.

“The Leak Was Me”

Could UK whistleblower Katharine Gun get jail time for exposing the government’s habit of diplomatic eavesdropping?

The Mask behind the Voice

Wry, neurotic, and finally tragic—tracing Spalding Gray’s masterful monologues.

America’s Private Armies

Civilian military contractors introduce a new level of ambiguity to conflict zones.

Cat-and-Mouse Games

Investigating military code names in post-9/11 America.

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Quartermasters of Terror

Why the Bush administration’s efforts to comprehend and combat terrorist financing have been a failure.

“Things You Never Thought Possible”

Tom Wolfe takes on Miami in Back to Blood.

The Deceptive Director

A close-up on Otto Preminger.

So Deep in the Dark

The nihilist crime novels of David Goodis.

The Passionate Storyteller

Why John Sayles is a connoisseur of American shame.

Screwball Noir

The wild heart of Barry Gifford.

The Gambler

Actors may have loved director Robert Altman, but Hollywood wasn’t always so enamored of him.

The Insane Boys Blew It

The Monkees, Easy Rider, and the history of BBS films.

Justice for Warriors

The volatile relationship between free government and its military defenders.

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How Google Dominates Us

The “Not Evil” search engine’s swift and plain-sight rise to control of the information industry.

Crossing the Red Line

The Bush administration thwarts the efforts of environmental activists, even as reports on global warming become increasingly dire.

The Food Movement, Rising

Where many social movements tend to splinter as time goes on, the food movement starts out splintered. Among the many threads of advocacy under that rubric we can include school lunch reform; animal rights; the campaign against genetically modified crops; organic and locally produced food; efforts to combat obesity; food safety; farm bill reform; and nutrition labeling. But there are indications that these various voices may be coming together. Viewed from a middle distance, the food movement coalesces around the recognition that today’s food and farming economy is “unsustainable”—that it can’t go on much longer without courting a breakdown.

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Victory in Guatemala