January 1996

  • 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

  • Barking Up the Right Tree

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

  • How to Raise a Good Liberal

    A book of virtues for the right-thinking left

  • 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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CrossFit Versus Yoga: Choose a Side

How a workout becomes a social identity

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Is Technology Making Us Better Storytellers?

The minds behind House of Cards and The Moth weigh in.

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A Short Film That Skewers Hollywood

A studio executive concocts an animated blockbuster. Who cares about the story?

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In Online Dating, Everyone's a Little Bit Racist

The co-founder of OKCupid shares findings from his analysis of millions of users' data.

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What Is a Sandwich?

We're overthinking sandwiches, so you don't have to.

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Let's Talk About Not Smoking

Why does smoking maintain its allure? James Hamblin seeks the wisdom of a cool person.

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