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In Conversation

Hanif Kureishi with Hirsh Sawhney

The world was introduced to Hanif Kureishi in 1985 when the film My Beautiful Laundrette debuted. The screenplay he wrote for it shed fresh light on class, race and sexuality in Thatcher’s London and was nominated for an Oscar.

You Are What You Eat

Two new books about food production in America have recently been released, and those hoping to learn about why and how our food choices matter will find both excellent reading.

Cynthia Carr’s Our Town

On the night of August 8, 1930, three young black men incarcerated for robbing and killing a white man and raping a white woman were dragged from jail in the small town of Marion, Indiana.

Art: A Critical Life

When Clement Greenberg was five years old, he beat a goose to death with a shovel handle. Near the end of his life, Greenberg explained that he had killed the bird not out of cruelty but out of fear.

Empty Barracks of the Mind

The soldier’s life is one that many never be turned away from, and Ed Salven’s book (his first) demonstrates the enigmas and contradictions an ex-soldier finds while attempting to convey past experience.

In Conversation

Is Compassion the New Black?

Zoe Weil is the author of several books on humane education, including Above All, Be Kind, a book for parents, and Claude and Medea: The Hellburn Dogs, a book for children age 9 and up, which will be available this month online at


The Brooklyn Rail

JUL-AUG 2006

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