February 1996

James Fallows, “Why Americans Hate the Media”; Jonathan Silvers, “Child Labor in Pakistan”; Sven Birkerts, “The Alchemist's Retort”; Andrew Todhunter, “The Precipitous World of Dan Osman”; and much more.

  • The Precipitous World of Dan Osman

    On rock with a climber who deliberately plunges from greater and greater heights

  • Child Labor in Pakistan

    Pakistan has recently passed laws greatly limiting child labor and indentured servitude—but those laws are universally ignored, and some 11 milion children, aged four to fourteen, keep that country's factories operating, often working in brutal and squalid conditions

  • Why Americans Hate the Media

    Why has the media establishment become so unpopular? Perhaps the public has good reason to think that the media's self-aggrandizement gets in the way of solving the country's real problems

  • Right-Wing Populist

    Pat Buchanan's presidential campaign is testing a political potentiality that could have a future in downsizing America

  • Fair Trade

    By one estimate, some 20 percent of the world's economic transactions are now in the form of barter deals, up from only about five percent thirty years ago.

  • Cover Art

  • An Encore for Chaos?

    The embattled despot Daniel arap Moi, of Kenya, has sought to preserve his regime by exploiting ethnic divisions. So why is Kenya still intact?

  • Albert and the Animals

    Highland, Wisconsin. Sunday, April 30, 1893 To the Sisters of Charity at the Foundling Hospital. 175 East 68th Street. New York City. Dear…

  • The Body Mutinies

    When the doctor runs out of words and still. I won't leave, he latches my shoulder and. steers me out doors. Where I see his blurred hand…

  • A Movable Feast

    A barge makes a splendid base from which to visit some of the most scenic parts of France

  • The Alchemist's Retort

    A multi-layered postmodern saga of damnation and salvation

  • 745 Boylston Street

    -- IN the course of reporting for this magazine a number of writers have put their lives on the line. The circumstances have sometimes…

  • Letters

    -- LETTERS Strawberry Fields Bow Ties. Strawberry Fields Thank you for Eric Schlosser's wonderful and poignant article "In the…

  • The Almanac

    Almanac -- The February Almanac Government Republican legislators may be enviously looking north this month, as Canada issues a…

  • Word Improvisation

    The quadrennial national political season officially gets under way with the New Hampshire primary this month, and it will surely bring reminders of…

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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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