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2000 Stories by Alisa Solomon

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  • The Making of Americans

    published December 5, 2000

    Fill in the blank: If it hadn't been for __________, I wouldn't be here now. It sounds like one of those cute devices for jump-starting... More >>

  • Taking Back the Vote

    published November 21, 2000

    "Every vote counts!" the demonstrators chant, over and over, at rallies from New York to Fresno, from Anchorage to Tallahassee, as they protest... More >>

  • The Next-Best Man

    published November 14, 2000

    Political power games, backroom deals, twisted data, manipulations of the press: When it's all happening in Florida, how can the theater compete?... More >>

  • The Poet Of Brutality

    published November 7, 2000

    "A mother beats her child savagely," notes one of the characters in Sarah Kane's Crave, "because it runs out in front of a car."... More >>

  • The Silence of the Left

    published October 17, 2000

    At the midtown rally in support of Israel last Thursday, an Orthodox woman confronted a small group of counterdemonstrators penned into a corner... More >>

  • Bad Counsel

    published October 10, 2000

    After nearly eight months in the custody of the Immigration and Naturalization Service, two teenage brothers, Jiang Jian Wei and Jiang Jian Zhen,... More >>

  • Anatomy of a Murder

    published October 3, 2000

    October 6 will mark two years since Aaron McKinney and Russell Henderson beat Matthew Shepard unconscious, tied him to a fence, and left him to... More >>

  • I'm Your Puppet

    published September 12, 2000

    Puppetry tends by nature toward the meta- physical, or at least toward the surreal. Liberated from the realist implications of human actors, sized... More >>

  • Give Me Liberty or Give Me Vets

    published August 29, 2000

    In one instant in early July, when the Liberty were scraping along with a 7-9 record, forward Sue Wicks became utterly certain that New York... More >>

  • Sue Wicks's Forward Behavior

    published August 8, 2000

    "That was intense," says Sue Wicks, stepping off the court and dragging a forearm across her sweaty brow. "That girl was just hanging on my... More >>

  • Don't Mourn—Reorganize!

    published July 18, 2000

    The contract deadline was nearing at the end of June when General Electric workers from Lynn, Massachusetts, decided to travel down to GE... More >>

  • Widows on the World

    published July 4, 2000

    "I am determined to get married again," says Magnolia, in the expository solo lines that open Samm-Art Williams's slight and retro new comedy.... More >>

  • The Liberty's New Look

    published June 20, 2000

    The air-conditioning at Basketball City could hardly keep up with the Liberty on Thursday as coach Richie Adubato ran the squad through four and a... More >>

  • Schiller's Power Chords

    published May 23, 2000

    The women waiting on the Queen of Spain yearn desperately to return to the city from the dull countryside in the first act of Schiller's Don... More >>

  • Arrested for Answering Back

    published May 2, 2000

    "Words aren't criminal, ma'am." That's what the cop said in response to my feeble attempt to bring a little levity into the situation as I sat in... More >>

  • Rage Against the Caffeine

    published April 18, 2000

    Nobody smashed any windows in an overcaffeinated rage at Starbucks in Washington, D.C., over the... More >>

  • Our Bodies, Ourselves

    published April 18, 2000

    The veins bulge on her left forearm, sturdy and sinewy as steel cables. Her hard-torquing torso centrifugally sucks her shirt tight against her... More >>

  • Putting Some English on It

    published March 28, 2000

    The first pleasure of Waste is simply listening to it. Nowadays, when the dialogue of popular drama is driven by the unloading of emotional... More >>

  • Free at Last

    published March 21, 2000

    The moment he walked out of the gates of York County prison in Pennsylvania on Friday, Abraham Zuma literally kissed the ground. The gesture... More >>

  • Never Can Say Good Buy

    published March 14, 2000

    When actor Bill Talen was slapped with $10,000 in fines last week for sticking up leaflets advertising his show, you almost had to wonder whether... More >>

  • The Poetry of the DMZ

    published February 29, 2000

    Pojagi—rectangular pieces of cloth used to wrap and carry things—are first mentioned in Ping Chong's lyrical meditation on Korea in a... More >>

  • Lesbian, Gay, and Binational

    published February 22, 2000

    It took Katherine Narkunas months of saving up from her job in electronics repair to make it to Italy for New Year's to visit her girlfriend,... More >>

  • America’s blue notes

    published February 15, 2000

    The white attorney rages against the burgeoning prison-industrial complex, decries the moral hypocrisy of capital punishment, and argues an... More >>

  • Immigrant Minors

    published January 25, 2000

    Kenia Cruz didn't get any trips to Disney World when, at 14, she arrived in the United States after a long trek from Honduras. No politicians gave... More >>

  • A Yiddishe Mama Courage

    published January 18, 2000

    Glückel of Hameln is quite emphatic about her purpose when she takes to writing a memoir in 1690 ("the year of Creation 5451," as she calls... More >>

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