Arguably the finest work by the great Italian innovator Luigi Pirandello is his absurdist satire Six Characters in Search of an Author (1921). It is v(...)

Opponents of the New York Police Department’s stop-and-frisk policy join members of the New York City Council at a news conference on the steps of City Hall. Photograph: Ozier Muhammad/The New York Times

Judge Shira Scheindlin’s ruling this week that New York City’s stop-and-frisk policy is tantamount to racial profiling has whipped up much debate. But(...)