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Books, Books, and TO Too

This special 48-page edition of the Observer is devoted to books—and libraries. First the libraries. Not long ago Charlotte McCann discovered that her branch library did not subscribe to the Observer. That’s bad enough, but what we found particularly distressing … Read More

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Western Civilizations

Thirty years ago, in the Macedonian province of Yugoslavia, I knew one of the last pashas who were stranded there after the Turkish Empire had been driven out of the Balkans.” Now that’s the way to start a book. Say … Read More

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Lies and the Liars That Tell Them

We wish we had thought of it ourselves, but political satirist Al Franken beat us to the punch: he’s calling his next book Lies and the Lying Liars that Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right. What … Read More

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Junk Science Rules

Now that the 78th Legislature is finally over—sort of, maybe, for a while at least—we couldn’t resist compiling a small collection of some of the more memorable quotes from the past several months. There certainly was a lot to choose … Read More

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On the Road to Baghdad

She was writing on a day when much of the U.S. press had hunkered down for the last-minute stretch to Baghdad—30 miles out, 20 miles out, 10 miles out. Brigadier General Vincent Brooks of U.S. Central Command, had set the … Read More

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When the King Can Do No Wrong

I feel like I’m sitting on a keg of dynamite—and I have no idea what to do about it.” So said Bill Roach days before he was killed in the nation’s worst industrial accident. The disaster began on the morning … Read More

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Next Stop: Tulia

Legend has it that Nate Blakeslee was on his way to a Ph.D. in American Studies when he decided to leave theory by the wayside and come write for the Observer. At this point in the story a little revisionism … Read More

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Slouching Towards Baghdad

“I’m the commander—see, I don’t need to explain—I do not need to explain why I say things. That’s the interesting thing about being president. Maybe somebody needs to explain to me why they say something, but I don’t feel like … Read More

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The Gift of Time

By Marcey Jacobson, et al. “I was making photographs of the world long before I was a photographer,” writes Marcey Jacob-son in The Burden of Time: Photographs from the Highlands of Chiapas. “Years ago, when I used to ride the … Read More

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