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[Oct 15] From China, party vows to improve market economy. From Thailand, why representative democracy is not good enough. From Nepal, how gender has been constructed in various historical periods. From Germany, on the phenomenon of women in the media. A series of articles on the occasion of the first anniversary of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina. Why advice giving is the oldest racket in the civilized world. A report on Christianity losing adherents in Europe, drawing followers in the developing world. A letter writing campaign is on from Iraq (and an editorial). And guess which is one of the most powerful feelings anyone can ever have

[Oct 14] From Israel, talks produce unofficial peace settlement. From Azerbaijan, on the upcoming election in one of the most corrupt countries (and why you should care). From Algeria, on a volatile political situation. Was the Nobel committee trying to make a point with its selection of Shirin Ebadi? Heeb magazine (aka "The New Jew Review')' wants out of the underground. On why hell hath no fury like a dog-owner scorned. It's flattering to be asked to run for Congress, but what happens if you win? They say Gates Mills, Ohio is a small laboratory for world domination. Kevin Warwick has little in common with Shelley’s quintessential mad scientist. And can Disney help people in assisted living facilities?

[Oct 13] From Nepal, an interview with an activist. From Great Britain, is there room for leftwing alternatives to Labour? Did the Nobel Prize committee commit "a shameful wrong that must be righted"? A look back to John Paul II's career. On Poland's Christian mission in Europe. From The Final Call, on the politics of Adam Clayton Powell. Does the internet counter media consolidation? The Public Library of Science Biology journal will be available today. A new site empowers citizens to track government officials' every move. Siberian scientists say Yeti lives. Purple patches from Francis Bacon, Fernand Braudel, Machiavelli, Thomas Paine, and Alexander Solzhenitsyn. And do you know the difference between advertising and marketing?

[Weekend Special] From Angola, a TV show helps families separated by decades of war. Shirin Ebadi, an Iranian human rights lawyer, wins the Nobel Peace Prize. John Paul II on why faith and reason go together, and Georgetown's James Schall on essayist Hilaire Belloc. On the matter of female MPs in Great Britain. Harvard Magazine delivers Ernesto Zedillo on America's stake in the multilateral world. Who wouldn't want to be a superhero of some sort? Patti Thorn has been diagnosed with book ADD: "So many books, so few reviews in print." And how the internet has not escaped our obsession with beauty

[Oct 10] From Switzerland, how Swiss federalism sets an example for the new Europe. From Germany, the SPD is adopting a new utopia. The Vatican says condoms don't stop Aids. The 21st century is 1,000 days old.  So what's it like? Elaine Showalter on key moments and ideas in the history of how we think and talk about gender. How Starbucks coffee, BMW cars, and Godiva chocolates have become luxuries for the masses even if, unfortunately, the whole notion of poverty is extremely subjective. "You got yo whole neighborhood addicted to crack. Collect $50". From The Economist, here's a list of the world's biggest companies. How getting dumped is just like stubbing your toe. And the Political Theory Daily Review gets snubbed!

[Oct 9] From South Korea, arrested philosophy professor Song Du-yul is a Habermas protege. From Pakistan, on a general theory of foreign affairs. From Slovakia, has premier Mikulas Dzurinda become a 'little Meciar?' From Egypt, Ashraf Ibrahim is just is trying to see that society is just. Asian countries to form a EU-like trade zone, since borders are sooo 20th century. Charles Krauthammer explains his past liberal transgressions. Marvin Cohen has a record of turning fantasy into fact. A radio series on the philosophy of Soren Kierkegaard (and part 2, part 3 and part 4). An interview with a smart, formerly liberal Hollywood celebrity. Now you have the chance to liberate your bookshelves. And do you know which country is least corrupt?

[Oct 8] From Turkey, how Kurds have become a thorn in the side of the Americans. From Georgia, ten years since Abkhazian conflict. From Australia, why accounting should be a “clean” discipline, undistorted by ideology. From Bangladesh, consensus or confrontation -- which way we go? Russia and Germany: A reunion of bookworms. Happiness isn't a subject for philosophers and psychologists anymore, though you shouldn't rage against the dying of the light. U-oh, here we go again... An interview with Gregory Mankiw, and is the deficit too big? In 2003, do parents still just hand their kids a book to teach them about sex? And the Anglican church plans to ordain a former Satanist

[Oct 7] From Barbados, feel free to choose your stereotype about Bajans. On the theory and practice of philosophy. A tragic story arising out of irreconcilable cultural differences between traditional Kurdish values and the values of Western society. A new report, Hardwired to Connect: The New Scientific Case for Authoritative Communities, has been published (and a comment). Foreign Policy rethinks free trade. On Oliver Letwin as the British left's favorite Tory. It is possible that an intelligent person may also be socially skilled, but that wasn't the case with Jack Chapin, a Straussian. And single but not alone, urbanites are redefining the `adultescent' years

[Oct 6] From Ireland, Prime Minister Bertie Ahern is set to retire. From Grenada, a look back at the execution of a leader and the US invasion that followed. From India, an interview with Mamata Banerjee. Why the current UN General Assembly session is facing up to real issues. On a subject a lot of people meditate on once you start asking. A report on Africa's new class of power players. Ann Coulter on stopping creeping theocracy in Saratoga Springs. Ethics 101: Wear a sheet and, oh yeah, don't steal. From the New Yorker, the talk of the town? Cheney reads Bush the day's news, and just a little French kissing. Software engineers helped create the spam problem. Can they solve it? Can castration be a form of entertainment? And from Discover, try these experiments to release your own secret proclivities

[Weekend Special] From Brazil, government says they have proof Colombian rebels are recruiting Indians. From Germany, Schroeder asserts German Macht. From Nigeria, on the death of Chuba Okadigbo, marred in controversy. From Bangladesh, there will always be those who will refuse to accept crumbs from the Pharaoh's tables. Is there any evidence that people are more dishonest now than in the past? But, teacher, my homework got run over at the Taco Bell protest! America's most notorious Puritan is back in the public eye. We've come a long way from the Regulator to the Terminator. A new movement, "The People Speak", emerges. New Hampshire free - staters prepare for newcomers.  How the music industry is pushing song swappers into cyberspace speakeasies. And U K Shyman, political philosophy student: "'Marcus Schenkenberg is a Greek God. I'm just a skinny fellow"

[Oct 3] From the United Nations, why states might want to build nuclear weapons. From the Ukraine, President Kuchma attempts to stave off opponents. From Saudi Arabia, liberalism as a Western solution for an internal problem. From France, a growing sense of its decline as a force has developed. From Canada, seems like some days we don't know our left from our right. South African J M Coetzee wins Nobel Prize for Literature, a surprise that he celebrates in private (and a look back). On how China joined the global economy (and part 2), and how population issues are creating new pressures. How views on sex have become reliable predictors of political allegiances. And it seems revolutionary tourist Lori Berenson has a thing for guerrillas

[Oct 2] From Taiwan, a proposal to draft a new constitution, and why education is not the only ticket to success. From Latvia, an interview with President Vaira Vike - Freiberga. From South Africa, longing for Mbeki the human being, not the intellectual. State Dept Press Release: UN Peacekeeping Mission in Liberia beings. On Vladimir Putin's thoughts on democracy. Lenora Fulani, an electoral revolutionary in New York. Documents shine light on how the CIA used El Mercurio to foment a coup in Chile. A look at Benjamin Franklin as a scientist. Thank you, Jesus, but no thanks... Why the male brain needs to zone out all that touchy - feely chatter in order to relax. You wouldn't believe what unemployment can do for you. A profile of NCR Chair Richard Meserve. And do you check e-mail 100 times a day, only to answer two messages?

[Oct 1] From China, charting an economic course and weighing the constitution. From Pakistan, on Arabs and democracy. From Nigeria, on local government and federalism. From Tanzania, on politicians as people who have made lying a profession. From South Korea, more on the man with two names. From Canada, in a world with no borders, the best - connected nation is king. From Mauritius, prime minister faces ethnic juggling act. From Europe, culture clash over Islam comes 'to a head', though it might not be a problem.  From Vatican City, why Aquinas is still relevant. From South Africa, on language and national discourse. From Australia, on animal rights and trade, and on building lasting friendships in Asia. And the 'Free State Project' picks New Hampshire

[Oct 15] An inquiry into the nature of political morality (and part 2, part 3 and part 4). From Al-Ahram, on modern forms of communication, on the elimination of graft, and on privatization vs. democracy. With Joseph Stiglitz, rarely does the dismal science become so Prozac - inducing. Perhaps the Nobel committee should begin awarding the "Nobel Freedom Prize." Another review of Nature via Nurture. On Nixon's greatest cover-up. Two anarchist views on Chavez's Venezuela. 'Primary sources' on recent events, and when should you call a marriage off? What is it about spending one's life with the same being which appeals to us? And a letter to a Republican friend: "Is this the kind of country that you want?"

[Oct 14]
Robert Schiller on the real risk of deficits. Francis Adams of Old Dominion University on how to reform foreign assistance. Why won't the Dalai Lama pick a fight? Easily bamboozled simpleminded good people are acting as Gramsci knew they would. Joseph Stiglitz has turned his ire on an unlikely new target. Here's a guide to climbing the paper mountain of EU enlargement. How signs of both feudalism and fascism are reappearing in our society. E. J. Dionne on why Democrats should again listen to John Lennon. From Brainwash, on the fight between paleos and neos in the conservative movement, and a review of The End of Democracy? And on three people who had it coming

[Oct 13] Conservative Commentary: Should more conservative officeholders defy outrageous edicts of federal courts? A debate: yes and no. Why does one country draw more investment than another? Gary Becker says it's tax cuts. Appreciating Bill Buckley, an American original. Dinesh D'Souza on why atheists 'kant' claim to be rational. An article on Voegelin, Kierkegaard, and Nietzsche as America's Gnostic Superman. Taking a new look at the connection between OPEC and energy insecurity. More on defaming Herbert Spencer. Workers of the World, Unite for Global Capitalism! National Review helps you write a diversity essay. And Katha Pollitt asks "What's the matter with conservatives?"

[Weekend Special] Two reviews of Stephen Schlesinger's The Founding of the United Nations. Arnold Kling on the UN Party vs. the US Party. How accurately does the world perceive the power of a US president? A review of the Iraq weapons report, from Open Democracy. Where's the Democrats' eight-word bumper sticker? How the perception of variety influences consumption (reg. req.). Why is consumer power a myth? Here are three reasons. The verdict of The American Enterprise is that things generally go better with God. A review of Forces of Labor. And on the pros and cons of conspiracy theories, and why taxes really are a bad thing

[Oct 10]
Joseph Nye on why America must rejoin the world. John Zerzan on globalization and its apologists. On George Bush's medieval presidency. On manufacturing Dissent, and Alan Dershowitz on the case against Jordan. Alternet on the challenges to creating a new democratic majority. A review of Herbert Gans' Democracy and the News. Do citizens not care about politics because the media doesn't cover it, or because we cover it to excess? An interview with The Guardian's Emily Bell, and a look at Boris Johnson, editor of The Spectator. Paul Kurtz on the secular humanist prospect in historical perspective. Michael Kinsley on hypothetical questions. And 'Tristan Taormino' rises in defense of sluts

[Oct 9] An interview with Madeline Albright: "Europe is not a counterweight". From Green Anarchy, on nihilism as strategy. Who could ever forget everyday life in the old Soviet Union? Think press freedom is secure? Think again. On the desirability of the One-State Solution in Israel / Palestine. On an open borders freedom ride to nowhere. Why Lenin's account of imperialism remains relevant. On the relationship between the Democrats and the U.S. Communist Party. An exchange of letters regarding the unity of the Left. On Columbus Day, celebrate Western civilization, and not the cruel hoax of multiculturalism. The John Birch Society continues to "project the lines" regarding Insider plans. And here's a Foxworthian account of politics

[Oct 8] On the EU as a social contract. War is cold today; it may yet become hot -- it is in any case Manichean. On cognitive science and political ads, and on media bias: "It's you". The answer to the California crisis is a socialist political movement to fight for power. Alina Stefanescu is a brainiac and used to wear an Ollie North T-shirt to class. But now... "I'm sick to death of these certain blacks having a corner on the market for being hurt". How Reaganism led to the death of representative democracy. Why Blair is only doing what politicians of all stripes have always done. Grover Norquist on the morality of taxing the rich. And could a male contraceptive revolutionize birth control?

[Oct 7] American Politics: From The Guardian, all about Michael Moore, a capped crusader with a message; he has questions for Bush and a message for Blair; takes on corporate America; and tells you how to talk to conservatives (and part 2). A review of Dude, Where's My Country? Are the news media soft on Bush? AJR finds out. Michael Kinsley on why Bush angers liberals, and Rich Lowry offers up a Democratic party primer. How Democrats can frame the debate and win back the White House. On the Democratic Party's ideology as indistinguishable from Marxism, and on government as the no. 1 business in the US. And is the war on terror compromising people's liberty? Four books sound the alarm

[Oct 6] Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. reviews books on Bush's foreign policy. Jean - Francois Revel on the anti - American obsession. David Rieff on why hope is not enough for the UN. On the differences between American and European understandings of constitutional democracy. The State of the Union: No one's laughing anymore. On the dismantling of the Office of Technology Assessment. An interview with Mario Cuomo. Australian egalitarianism is breaking out in unpredictable and exciting ways. The Observer profiles Germaine Greer, and how femininity is out of fashion (unless you're a man). Chait and Ponnuru on Bush Hatred. How 60's anti - war activists let today's chicken hawks off the hook. Peter Hitchens defends Zionism in the pages of The American Conservative. And Wallerstein on the failed WTO talks in Cancun

[Weekend Special] Ronald Dworkin: "Is any gain to our own safety a good justification for doing anything to foreigners?" From Foreign Policy in Focus, why Saddam didn't come clean. On doctors who performed abortions before Roe v. Wade. A review of Towards a New Cold War by Noam Chomsky. Why the U.S. must re-engage in Latin America. The CIA did not know that every large dictatorship in the past 100 years prepared for world domination. Like all world - transformers, Karol Wojtyla is a mass of contradictions. How Bill O'Reilly is out to out-do Limbaugh again. A review of Iraq's Burden: Oil, Sanctions, and Underdevelopment. "In these last days, religion has become the consuming passion of Christians". A critique of What Could He Be Thinking? How A Man's Mind Really Works. And on modern day hipsters, young and old

[Oct 3] From Open Democracy, on how Europe is finding its democratic voice through referenda, Julian Baggini on environmental alarmism, George Monbiot responds to Grahame Thompson, and remembrances of Franco Modigliani and Edward Said. What fair generalizations can we make about conservatives and liberals? David Cole is a liberal lawyer. He is a very liberal lawyer. How liberal is David Cole? And is profit something dirty? Going Forward in understanding terrorism. What's so great about Gandhi, anyway? Is pleasure the greatest good? An interview with Philip Nitschke, Australia's "Dr Death". Howard Kurtz on media bias. And Loompanics' Mike Hoy gives authors from the lunatic fringe an outlet

[Oct 2] A Commentary Symposium: Has the Supreme Court gone too far? Wesley Clark on what went wrong in Iraq. What went wrong in Latin America? Why you shouldn't care about the GDP. Why we are living in a time like the 17th century. Jonathan Chait hates Bush. How much? Let him count the ways. Why do historians always leave out the funny bits? Three issues of Humanism Today are online, on education, globalization, and reason. Is "Rational Inquiry" a cult or just a business venture? Why evolution is more than a scientific issue. If Palestinians demand equal one-man one-vote, what is the argument against? On why a homosexual school is more about social policy than socialization. How will Generation Y affect electoral politics, and is the Catholic church helping or hindering the Republicans?  And Chuck Palahniuk is a testicle - squeezing novelist

[Oct 1] On the move from the culture wars to the presidency wars. On third party candidates and 'Duverger’s Law'. On the two party system as an awfully long pennant race. On the need to build an Anarchist People of Color movement. Why are suicide attacks increasing? Because, in a word, they work. On 9/11/01, where was George? A warning from history: When democracy failed. Low prices are great, but is Wal-Mart too powerful? On Gandhi and civil disobedience in hipsterland. A review of Consciousness: A User's Guide. Local supporters of evolution unable to match attendance at intelligent design forum. Stephen Jay Gould: from popularizer to pop icon. On the nominations for the European of the Year award. And finally, witness the true power of the Internet: Take the Gender Test

[Oct 15] The Atlantic Monthly explores the American college - admissions system with a series of articles. Stanley Kurtz on reforming college education. Why you should look before you leap on an academic path. And on the politics of art: Fidel Castro reviews Gabriel Garcia Marquez's memoirs Vivir para contarla (and three extracts from the book); on Senegalese film - maker Ousmane Sembene; on the 'moral luck' of Paul Gauguin; good and bad totalitarian art; a review of the Whitney's The American Effect exhibition; for NYC's Lincoln Center art is anything that loses money; and purple patches from Edward Bond, William Faulkner, T. S. Eliot, El Gabo, Pablo Neruda, Harold Pinter, and on Nazi culture

[Oct 14] Ronald Dworkin (NYU): (1) Rights and Terror; (2) What are Human Rights? pdf Why the plain truth doesn't stand a chance against romantic myth. A review of Richard Epstein's Skepticism and Freedom: A Modern Case for Classical Liberalism. From The Futurist, on war crimes against nature, testing the limits of tolerance, and a look back at the WFS WorldView 2002 Conference. How Harvard's case method of teaching should evolve, and a short profile of mathematician al-Hasan ibn al-Haytham (aka Alhacen). More on Eagleton's After Theory. And John Withers realized something unusual was going on: This class was actually requiring him to think

[Oct 13] A debate on faculty politics and ideology, including comments by Judith Baer and Sidney Verba. Ayn Randian, liberal, Marxist, conservative: In most fields, there aren't jobs for anyone. On the liberal - conservative divide among students. A review of Evil: An Investigation and The Just War. Slavoj Zizek: "Do not be afraid--I am a Leninist". Ophelia Benson of Butterflies & Wheels on epistemological egalitarianism as a Trojan horse. A review of Susan Haack's Defending Science -- Within Reason. On Karl Barth and postmodernity, and C. S. Lewis and apologetics. And it's clear what the economics Nobel committee has been trying to say, even as economists don't know much and never reach a conclusion

[Weekend Special] Larry Alexander (San Diego): The Jurisdiction of Justice: Two Conceptions of Political Morality. Philip Selznick (Berkeley): Law In Context, Fidelity to Context. Roderick Long (Auburn): One Nation, Two Systems: The Doughnut Model. Donald Kelley (Rutgers): The Rise of Prehistory. The introduction to Edward Stein's The Mismeasure of Desire: The Science, Theory, and Ethics of Sexual Orientation (and a review). The job of the philosopher is to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable. And from Princeton, why it is that to be unethical, you actually have to get up and get dressed

[Oct 10] An interview with Zygmunt Bauman. A review of Benjamin Barber's Fear's Empire: War Terrorism and Democracy. From the OYCF, Reflecting on Our Goal at the Age of Development, and an article on Evolutionary Economics: How the Theory of Evolution Has Influenced Economic Thinking since Charles Darwin pdf. African - American studies center at UCLA to be renamed after Ralph Bunche. A review of Heidegger’s Atheism: The Refusal of a Theological Voice. An interview with Penn's Alan Charles Kors, conservative on campus, and Ben Stein says faculties are like black holes in space. And why Lee Harris employed Marx's Das Kapital as Capitalism for Dummies

[Oct 9] Robert F. Engle (NYU) and Clive W. J. Granger (UCSD) win Nobel Prize in Economics. More from the Financial Times, NYT, WaPo, BBC, and The Age. The Nobel Committee issues a press release, some more information, and a link to a seminal paper pdf. A review of The Atrocity Paradigm: A Theory of Evil. From American Diplomacy, an essay on terrorism. A review of The First Liberty: America's Foundation in Religious Freedom. Obituary: Neil Postman. More on faculty political opinion in the classroom. A review of Lou Marinoff's The Big Questions: How Philosophy Can Change Your Life. And a profile of Jose Angel Gutierrez, political science professor at UT - Arlington

[Oct 8] Charles Taylor: No Community, No Democracy (Part I) pdf. A review of The Cambridge Companion to Rawls. Machiavelli was the Renaissance embodiment of the policy wonk. Why Classic Social Theory: Investigation and Application is unlike most social theory books. Loyola president resigns amid sexual allegations. On Cyprus as Atlantis, and on the debate between "great person theory" and "great events theory" in history. A review of The Doctors' Plague: Germs, Childbed Fever and the Strange Story of Ignac Semmelweis. And if you can be homeless, penniless, not speak the language and still find a beer, you know that you can cope with anything

[Oct 7] From UCL's Colloquium in Legal and Social Philosophy, Frank Michelman: The Constitution as a Legitimation Contract pdf; Anne Phillips: Defending Equality of Outcome; Steven Lukes: How to Think About Power; Bernard Williams: Free Speech and Truth; and Ronald Dworkin: Interpretation, Morality and Truth doc. From Philosophy Now, is post - modernism finally on its deathbed? On research regarding citizen cynicism. Colleges' war against cheats goes high-tech. Two reviews of Terry Eagleton's After Theory. From the Proceedings of the Friesian School, an essay on Politics and the Ideals of Culture. And a purple patch from Naguib Mahfouz

[Oct 6] Eric Gans (UCLA): The Sacred and the Social: Defining Durkheim's Anthropological Legacy. Richard Rorty on Donald Davidson and The Matrix. A review of books on genes and gender. Steven Schroeder on a note about "American" philosophy. A review of New World in Our Hearts: Eight Years of Writing from the Love and Rage Revolutionary Anarchist Federation. On the rise of fundamentalism in Pakistani universities. A review of The Life of the Mind: An Essay on Phenomenological Externalism. Shouldn’t we have more stories about what is going on in economics now? A review of Chosen People: The Big Idea that Shapes England and America. A purple patch on rethinking history. And some excerpts from Joel Mowbray's Dangerous Diplomacy (and part 2, part 3, and part 4)

[Weekend Special] Fionnuala Ni Aolain (Ulster): The Paradox of Transition in Conflicted Democracies doc. From The Institute for Economic Democracy, a page with several online books. From Non Serviam, an essay on The Straitjacket of Humanity: A discussion of the philosophical argument between Max Stirner and Ludwig Feuerbach, in the wake of Max Stirner's Der Einzige und sein Eigentum. Obituary: John Dunlop. On a book of photographs and interviews, Harvard Works Because We Do. From IU, don't we all agree about what diversity is? Surprisingly, no. On Rashid Khalidi, the new Edward Said Professor of Middle East Studies at Columbia, and on the explosion over affirmative action bake sales. Rockford College begins a series, “Dialogues on Democracy”. A review of Postmodern Pooh. And on Wesley Clark's faith - based initiative

[Oct 3] Steven Douglas Smith (San Diego): Recovering (From) Enlightenment? From The Occidental Quarterly, a review of Paul Gottfried's Multiculturalism and the Politics of Guilt. A report says college may be cheaper thank you think. On the Liar Paradox and fuzzy logic. 'To pass on your genes' is not a sufficient response to the question, 'Why am I here?' ASU professor Jeffrie Murphy says there's something to be said for resentment and anger. Students might be the targets of cults (who might have to be reformed, like gays and lesbians?) A review of The Challenge of Post - Zionism and The Other Israel: Voices of Refusal and Dissent. And on roasting George Mason's Walter Williams

[Oct 2] Alan Wolfe has a new book out, The Transformation of American Religion: How We Actually Live Our Faith. Purdue political theory professor Michael Weinstein is a punk, but don't hold that against him. A review of Bad Therapy: Master Therapists Share Their Worst Failures, and a review of Psychology, Psychotherapy, Psychoanalysis, and the Politics of Human Relationships. From CHE, Slavoj Zizek short circuits his relationship with Verso, and more on Said. On a speech by the 'unnerving' Cornel West. Do you understand Catholic intellectual life? And a review of Robert Figueroa and Sandra Harding's Science and Other Cultures: Issues in Philosophy of Science and Technology, a review of The Ethics of Information Technology and Business, and a review of OUP's John Locke: Writings on Religion

[Oct 1] Jarle Simensen (Trondheim): Democracy and Globalization: Nineteen Eighty-nine and the "Third Wave". Professors Ian Lustick and Brendan O'Leary named to endowed chairs at Penn. John Gardner asks, "What is Tort Law For?" Harry Jaffa on the moral foundations of government. Boston College tries to balance technology and tradition. An editorial on disclosure at the medical journals. On ending student political apathy at UNC. Gary Aldrich on the fight for a college education. More on Said: From Open Democracy, remembrances by Marina Warner and Faleh Jabar, and an interview. TAP on his courage and mistakes. Was he a hero or an intellectual giant, or a liar and a demagogue? And from the Village Voice, a student remembers him