Costa Rica Diarist: Democracia
December 04, 1989
Hertzberg: Where were you when the Wall fell?
Why Are We in Afghanistan?
September 04, 1989
We want them to beat the Soviets, but what if the mujahedin take over?
How Buildings Remember
August 28, 1989
“Did you see the gas vans?” Claude Lanzmann asks Mrs. Michelsohn, an old German woman, in his film Shoah. Mrs. Michelsohn lived in Chelmno, 50 yards from the spot where Jews were loaded onto the vans at the Nazi extermination center. “No,” she answers at first, with a look of annoyance. Then her face registers the recognition that Lanzmann and his movie cameras will not be deflected. “Yes,” she acknowledges, she saw the vans, “from the outside. They shuttled back and forth. I never looked inside; I didn’t see the Jews in them.
The Gorbachev Tease
July 10, 1989
The necessity of the Berlin Wall.
March 27, 1989
How Paul Auster finally broke out of his own head.
The Afghan Ayatollah
November 21, 1988
Meet America's new fundamentalist allies.
Lives Of The Saints
October 31, 1988
Understanding the Beatles and Beatlemania.
May 11, 1987
Michael Jackson turns "Revolution" into a commercial jingle.
Confessions of a 'Contra'
August 05, 1985
How the CIA masterminded the Nicaraguan insurgency.
TRB: Holy Mackerel, Safire
January 30, 1984
That lumbering beast, the Washington scandal, is awake again and growling to be fed. Dinner--trembling and cowering and looking very tasty--is to be Charles Z. Wick, head of the United States Information Agency. Flogging the beast vigorously to keep it enraged and hungry is William Safire, conservative columnist for The New York Times. Someone leaked Safire evidence that Wick had been tape-recording his phone calls. Confronted, Wick stupidly insisted that he had never recorded a conversation without telling the other pairty, then later admitted he sometimes had.