Dissecting the Day's News

An email conversation about the news of the day.
June 23 1999 1:06 AM

Dissecting the Day's News

Russ Smith is the editor in chief and owner of NYPress, the Manhattan weekly he founded in 1988. He writes the column "MUGGER" for the paper.

Ellen Willis directs the cultural reporting and criticism program in the Department of Journalism at New York University. Her latest book, Don't Think--Smile! Notes on a Decade of Denial will be published this fall.

Nora Ephron is a screenwriter and director. Her films include Sleepless in Seattle, Michael,and You've Got Mail.

Kurt Andersen, the author of Turn of the Century, is now at work on his second novel. He's also the host of the public radio program Studio 360.

Tamar Jacoby is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute and author of Someone Else's House: America's Unfinished Struggle for Integration.

Brent Staples is on the editorial board of the New York Times and is a member of Slate's book-reviewing team.

Ester R. Fuchs is an associate professor of political science, director of the Barnard-Columbia Center for Urban Policy, and author of Mayors and Money: Fiscal Policy in New York and Chicago.

Mim Udovitch has written about pop culture and other pre-millennial topics for Esquire, Rolling Stone, and the New York Times Book Review.

Mick Farren is a writer, musician, and author of the forthcoming novel Jim Morrison's Adventures in the Afterlife.

TODAY IN SLATE

Medical Examiner

The Most Terrifying Thing About Ebola 

The disease threatens humanity by preying on humanity.

I Bought the Huge iPhone. I’m Already Thinking of Returning It.

Scotland Is Just the Beginning. Expect More Political Earthquakes in Europe.

Students Aren’t Going to College Football Games as Much Anymore

And schools are getting worried.

Two Damn Good, Very Different Movies About Soldiers Returning From War

The XX Factor

Lifetime Didn’t Think the Steubenville Rape Case Was Dramatic Enough

So they added a little self-immolation.

Politics

Blacks Don’t Have a Corporal Punishment Problem

Americans do. But when blacks exhibit the same behaviors as others, it becomes part of a greater black pathology. 

Why a Sketch of Chelsea Manning Is Stirring Up Controversy

How Worried Should Poland, the Baltic States, and Georgia Be About a Russian Invasion?

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