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The Pterodactyls of Lima

As we left for Ayacucho, Lucho Monasi Cockburn took out his machete from under his car seat and put it between the two of us. "It's a bad road," he said and looked at me. His eyes were blue, almost lost between the wrinkles of his smile. "One...

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    The War of Mexican Aggression

    Much in the news recently, especially in the Southwest, is the problem of illegal immigration from south of the border. Another frequent subject of media attention is the snowballing Mexican debt and the threat that this nation will not be able...

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    Between Two Worlds

    Reflecting on his upbringing in Trinidad, V.S. Naipaul denies cultural identity to his part of the Caribbean: "Nothing bound us together except this common residence." Indeed, the area called Caribbean is constantly redefining itself.

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    Sense and Sensibility

    It is a rare American poem, this late in the 20th century, that dares to be understood. Jane Greer's slim volume, Bathsheba on the Third Day, is full of such poems, which give this first book a mature heft and solidity.

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    Stargazers

    The political left's deconstruction of "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star" into an ICBM closing on a child's bedroom window is only the most memorable of the assaults on the Strategic Defense Initiative since it was announced by President Ronald...

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