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40 Ambitious failure
Zadie Smith’s third novel, On Beauty, has its moments. But its satire of the academy is laboured and its imitation of EM Forster unsubtle.
68 King Google
50 Can Hillary win in 2008?
CARL M CANNON
Google’s clever advertising model will kill the newspapers. But it isn’t always the best search engine.
Conventional wisdom says Hillary Clinton is too polarising a ﬁgure to take the White House in 2008. Conventional wisdom is wrong.
70 Africa’s moderate extremist
TOM DE CASTELLA
For a moderate, Thabo Mbeki has taken some very odd policy positions.
8 These islands
Welcome to the fun-box.
The best kiddie ﬂicks.
20 Letter from Kashmir
62 Private view
India and Pakistan are still squabbling.
What should be called ephemeralism.
56 True short story 44 Washington watch
TUMBLER ALI SMITH
72 Cultural tourist
The battle for “Paki.” Plus Under the radar.
The Republican elite’s weird scribbles.
Without the cancer drug Herceptin, this is how short the story of a life might be.
53 Out of Africa
Africa has big political storms ahead.
Broccoli television. FORTHCOMING Dennis Ross on the prospects for peace in the middle east Catherine Fieschi on symbolic legislation Denis MacShane objects to Christopher Meyer’s memoirs
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64 Watching them die 54 Brussels diary
MANNEKEN PIS IAN BLACK
A former Manneken Pis triumphs.
80 Notes from underground
Robert Fisk is a great war reporter and a partisan chronicler of western abuses in the middle east. But do not expect political insight.
How I became the bigots’ best mate.
65 Auster’s scrapbook
4 Letters 6 News & Curiosities plus Enigmas & puzzles IAN STEWART 13 Numbers game THE CRUNCHER 73 Classiﬁeds 78 The generalist DIDYMUS 79 The list
Paul Auster makes little distinction between ﬁctional and real life stories. His literary world is a scrapbook.
66 Abbado on ﬁlm
The move from CD to DVD in classical recordings can mean seeing more of the orchestra than we want.
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