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Walter Kirn

October 11, 1999 | The Book Review
Bad Aptitude

Is the S.A.T., instituted to create a fairer society, having the opposite effect? That's Nicholas Lemann's conclusion in his excellent new book.

October 4, 1999 | The Book Review
Manhandled

In her new book, Susan Faludi takes her reporter's microscope in search of American men. Predictably, she misses the forest for the trees.

September 27, 1999 | The Book Review
Goodfella

Frank McCourt's latest is another virtuoso display of charm and sheer likeability. But the suspicion arises: Is he really a misanthrope?

September 6, 1999 | The Book Review
Hitler in Bed

Ron Hansen is a very good writer, but did we really need someone to imagine the (predictably nauseating) sex life of the personification of evil?

August 30, 1999 | The Book Review
Townmouse

Disney's controlled experiment in small-town life is both a little Utopia and a breed of fascism. But mostly, there's not enough there there.

August 23, 1999 | The Book Review
Speed Read

We can't escape the accelerating pace of modern life, argues James Gleick, so we might as well enjoy it. But that doesn't leave time for much else -- say, reading.

August 9, 1999 | The Book Review
Lost Generation X

Geoff Dyer's "Paris Trance" follows Fitzgerald back to France -- with ecstasy in place of vin rouge. But here, the City of Light is dimmer.

July 12, 1999 | The Book Review
The Unredeemed

In a world obsessed with self-help, personal growth, and happy endings, David Gates's stories are realistically, refreshingly bleak.

June 28, 1999 | The Book Review
Leap of Faith

The cobbled-together "Juneteenth" makes one wonder -- did Ralph Ellison ever intend to let the evangelical Reverend Hickman loose?

June 7, 1999 | The Book Review
The Sweetest Science

In his new book, Francis Fukuyama offers evidence that things are bound to improve. It's a beautiful theory -- but has he read the papers lately?

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