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Right up until his death in February 2005 at age 89, Arthur Miller was writing some of the sharper essays and short stories to appear in Harper’s Magazine and The New Yorker. Ironically, the prolific author wrote his most relevant works to our current political climate about a half-century ago. You want hysterical, right-wing witch hunts? See The Crucible. The shame of war profiteering? Right there in All My Sons. Freedom of speech stifled by an irrational majority? Check out his adaptation of Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People. The Library of America has included all three, along with the requisite Death of a Salesman, in Arthur Miller: Collected Plays 1944–1961, which it’s billing as the first installment in a definitive Miller anthology. And if that volume alone doesn’t convince you of the pertinence of America’s most celebrated dead lefty playwright, you can let editor Tony Kushner, America’s most celebrated living lefty playwright, explain the whole thing to you when he appears in conversation with Jeffrey Brown at 8:15 p.m. at the Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. $13. (202) 364-1919. (Dave Jamieson)