January 1996

Benjamin and Christina Schwarz, “Mississippi Monte Carlo”; Anatol Lieven, “A New Iron Curtain”; Todd Oppenheimer, “The Rancher Subsidy”; Castle Freeman Jr., “Stuck With Strangers”; and much more.

  • A New Iron Curtain

    NATO is incautiously expanding eastward, which has thoughtful Russians worried about being fenced out of Europe—and worse

  • Monte Carlo, Mississippi

    Tunica County, in the Mississippi Delta, has long been among the poorest places in America. But casino gambling is changing Tunica's prospects. The rich Delta soil is sprouting golf courses, and if all goes according to plan, white retirees will soon be moving in. Meanwhile, blacks, Tunica's majority, are not sharing in the boom and are under financial pressure to leave the land that their labor transformed from a vast swamp

  • The Rancher Subsidy

    The West's fabled ranchers are in trouble. The damage done to the land by cattle has become a contentious environmental issue. The ranchers' greatest enemy, though, is the free market

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  • Stuck With Strangers

    Help in a hard season--a ceremony of assertion and doubt

  • Otherworldly Madagascar

    From the lemurs to the landscape, everything about the world's fourth-largest island is surprising.

  • Barking Up the Right Tree

    A night on the heels of America's premier female coon hunter

  • Bud's Bubble

    The pianist Bud Powell was mad even by bebop's standards

  • How to Raise a Good Liberal

    A book of virtues for the right-thinking left

  • Life's Choreographer

    A review of A Dance to the Music of Time

  • 745 Boylston Street

    -- AS soon as a letter to the editor arrives at our offices, it is labeled with a gummed yellow rectangle that bears the words "The Mail." During…

  • Letters

    -- LETTERS Female Circumcision Slavery and Jews. Lincoln and Abortion. Advice & Consent. Female Circumcision Linda Burstyn…

  • The Almanac

    Almanac -- The January Almanac Health & Safety January 1, standards requiring abortion training in …

  • Word Court

    -- Word Court. to say is on its way out. The word like, as in "I was like, 'Huh?'" is one source of the erosion. Another source is to go,…

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Things Not to Say to a Pregnant Woman

You don't have to tell her how big she is. You don't need to touch her belly.

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Maine's Underground Street Art

"Graffiti is the farthest thing from anarchy."

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The Joy of Running in a Beautiful Place

A love letter to California's Marin Headlands

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'I Didn't Even Know What I Was Going Through'

A 17-year-old describes his struggles with depression.

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Google Street View, Transformed Into a Tiny Planet

A 360-degree tour of our world, made entirely from Google's panoramas

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The Farmer Who Won't Quit

A filmmaker returns to his hometown to profile the patriarch of a family farm

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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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