December 1995

Paul Gagnon, “What Should Children Learn?”; Kathleen McAuliffe, “The Undiscovered World of Thomas Edison”; Matthew Dallek, “The Conservative 1960s”; David Bornstein, “The Barefoot Bank With Cheek”; and much more.

  • The Barefoot Bank With Cheek

    The Grameen Bank, in Bangladesh, which makes small loans to some of the poorest people on earth, has become a model for economic developers all over the world

  • The Accident

    Hear Erica Funkhouser read this poem (in RealAudio). She heard the nasty scraping of sole and heel. against the clipped turf of the doormat; then…

  • The Undiscovered World of Thomas Edison

    Historians, sorting through a treasure trove of Edison's papers, are discovering revealing details that enrich our portrait of one of America's most accomplished inventors

  • What Should Children Learn?

    National standards have been thwarted, but state-mandated academic standards and local action can yet save the schools

  • A French Mirror

    American politicians have begun to bemoan its merely vestigial presence in America, but in France a sense of civic solidarity -- the 'sens civique' -- though weakened by market pressures, flourishes still. It is among the legacies that France is counting on as it prepares for the twenty-first century

  • Surviving Deer Season

    A lesson in ambiguity

  • An Element of Doubt

    Disinterested research casts doubt on claims that lead poisoning from paint is widespread among American children. Ironically, lead-paint removal can be a cause of poisoning

  • The Transatlantic Look

    Meetings with Joseph Abboud, the Boston-born clothing designer, and sightings of Troy and Rib on the runway

  • The Happy Memories Club

    Her writing group would meet each week, and each member was encouraged to share some writing with the others -- provided the subject matter was pleasant and meaningful

  • Night Terrors

    Whose voice is it in mine when the child cries, terrified in sleep, and half asleep myself I'm there. beside him saying, shh, now easy,…

  • Progress Report

    One day my dog. went down a road. I couldn't take. He's still famous. I had a ball, it rolled out of sight. I ran after it. into…

  • Hallowed Ground

    A first experience of the Holy Land

  • Realized Ambitions

    Shouldn't critics be asking "where the American Buñuel, Bergman, or Fellini is," says Walter Hill, whose career challenges cliched notions of the "action film"

  • Don't Call It Cognac

    But some of the finest comes from a small maker in California

  • The Conservative 1960s

    From the perspective of the 1990s, it's the big political story of the era

  • 745 Boylston Street

    -- A LITTLE more than a hundred years ago an article appeared in these pages titled "The Present Requirements for Admission to Harvard …

  • Letters

    -- LETTERS Lincoln and Abortion George McKenna's article "On Abortion: A Lincolnian Position" (September Atlantic) accomplishes…

  • The Almanac

    Almanac -- The December Almanac Environment December 31, as of today U.S. and Canadian companies must stop producing…

  • Word Watch

    The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Third Edition. glass-tower people, the professional and managerial members of the U…

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Riding Unicycles in a Cave

"If you fall down and break your leg, there's no way out."

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Carrot: A Pitch-Perfect Satire of Tech

"It's not just a vegetable. It's what a vegetable should be."

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An Ingenious 360-Degree Time-Lapse

Watch the world become a cartoonishly small playground

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The Benefits of Living Alone on a Mountain

"You really have to love solitary time by yourself."

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The Rise of the Cat Tattoo

How a Brooklyn tattoo artist popularized the "cattoo"

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