Vol. 22 • December 1989 • No. 12

The Continuing Crisis 8
Correspondence 9
Editorials/Life Is Imitation/Kinsley Does It Again 10
Tyrrell, R. Emmett Jr.
Capitol Ideas/Report From Britain 11
Bethell, Tom
Put Us in Mental Institutions, Please! 16
O'Rourke, P. J.
Kiddie Litter 19
Dunlap, John R.
The People Next Door 22
Mallon, Thomas
Books for Christmas 27
The Nation's Pulse/Point Doom 34
Stein, Benjamin J.
Eminentoes/Air America's Flyboys 37
Brock, David
Among the Intellectualoids/Homer and His Publishers 39
Queenan, Joe
Presswatch/Printheads vs. Pictureheads 40
Eastland, Terry
Spectator's Journal/Letter from Bodrum 42
Greer, Herb
The Talkies/Bette Davis, RIP 44
Bawer, Bruce
The Great Siamese Saloon Series/The Authors' Lounge 46
Brookhiser, Richard
The Closed Circle 47
Pryce-Jones, David
The Politics of Literary Reputation 49
Rodden, John
Great Plains 50
Frazier, Ian
Irwin Shaw 52
Shnayerson, Michael
Weak Link 54
Mitchell, Brian
The Denver Spectator/First Impressions 55
Shiflett, Dave
Current Wisdom 58
Jackasses, Assorted

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