• Issue Archive for
  • Sep 20-26, 2001
  • Vol. 8, No. 49

News & Comment

  • Chinatown by the falls

    Imagine for a moment that you have a time machine. Now, say you park it on the corner of Howard and Spokane Falls, set the temporal controls for the late 1890s and flip the switch. What would you see? You'd probably be surprised by the hi
  • We must not repeat Vietnam

    President Bush tells us that the nation is at war. It isn't. Congress didn't declare war, but it came close. With reference to the War Powers Act, Congress authorized the President to "use all necessary and appropriate force against those
  • Glasses half empty

    People who live in glass houses... oh, never mind. Truth is, the worn-out proverb doesn't have anything to do with the goings-on in this thriller. Yes, it has a few problems, but this film also has an abundant supply of high tension and plot tw
  • Letters to the Editor

    I have just returned from a vigil where Palestinians, and others, were praying and lighting candles in front of the American consulate in East Jerusalem. They then put yellow and white flowers at the entrance. Signs read "Palestinians, Americans, terroris
  • Citizen critique-Songcatcher

    Denied tenure, music professor Lily Penleric (Janet McTeer) sets off to visit her sister, a teacher in the Appalachians circa 1910. She hears a girl singing an English ballad and her interest is sparked to collect and preserve this historic
  • Pretty, witty and gay

    Having scheduled the opening of Noel Coward's frothy comedyPrivate Lives for just a few days after the terrorists' outrage, Interplayers may seem unlucky. After watching mass murder looping endlessly on TV screens, who wants to bother wit
  • On the road

    It's been years -- a lot of years -- since my last book tour, and for all I know they don't even use authors anymore. Well, I'd find out this time, going on the road with my new book, a trade paperback called Beyond Popcorn: A Critic's Gui
  • Hilarity for charity

    It's perhaps no small accident that when you go to Julia Sweeney's web site, you find a picture of Sweeney in her first communion get-up, complete with a miniature bride-of-God veil and Virgin Mary figure in hand. Typical of Sweeney's abili
  • We were warned

    They went to great pains not to sound as though they were telling the president "We told you so." But the day after the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, two former senators, the bipartisan co-chairs of a Defens
  • CD review-ryan adams-gold

    A little over a year ago, Ryan Adams released his first solo album, Heartbreaker -- and it blew my mind. I must have driven my neighbors crazy, listening to that damn thing day in and day out. I couldn't help myself; it was just so good.
  • Rock Creek nearing approval

    For now, bull trout still swim in Rock Creek and a handful of grizzly bears still roam the narrow spine of the Cabinet Mountains in northwest Montana. Both species are blissfully unaware of the legal and political battle surrounding their fede
  • Local briefs

    SPOKANE -- Last election's wild card presidential candidate and longtime consumer advocate Ralph Nader will be in the Inland Northwest toward the end of next week. Nader is one of the participants in Gonzaga University's second annual Ex
  • Afghanistan-A look back

    This article first appeared in the February 15, 1999, issue of The Nation. Dilip Hiro is the author of Sharing the Promised Land: A Tale of Israelis and Palestinians. Ten years ago, on February 15, 1989, as the last of the 115,000 Sovie
  • A step to safety?

    Americans are preparing for the long, arduous and necessary task of bringing the perpetrators of last week's unspeakable horror to justice. But as we do so, we must also ask ourselves why this happened -- and why it might happen again. Strik
  • A river falls through it

    There's something calming and soothing about being close to water, but there's also something grand. As long as people have gathered to construct towns, they've sought somehow to incorporate water by building great fountains or splashing
  • The power of pop

    MATCHBOX TWENTY's 1996 debut album, Yourself or Someone Like You, may have sold 10 million copies, but along the way the group endured its share of critical sniping, as writers branded the band's type of guitar pop as bland, and the group

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