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New York chronicle

On the ACO’s Dennis Russell Davies, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s “Point-Counterpoint: Bach’s Art of the Fugue;” the opera “love couple” Angela Gheorghiu (soprano) and Roberto Alagna (tenor), and Mstislav Rostropovich’s “Slava and Friends” at the New York Philharmonic.

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The media

Superior to the truth

Examining the case of Eason Jordan, the chief news executive of CNN who boasted to The New York Times of withholding news information in order to appease the former Iraqi regime.

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Fiction chronicle

A safe preserve for sport

A review of The Interpreter, by Suki Kim; Cosmopolis, by Don DeLillo; The Time of Our Singing, by Richard Powers; The Commissariat of Enlightenment, by Ken Kalfus & The Hazards of Good Breeding, by Jessica Shattuck.


Dark comedy

A review of Euripides. Vol. 5: Helen, Phoenician Women, Orestes. Vol. 6: The Bacchae, Iphigenia at Aulis, Rhesus, edited by David Kovacs.