March 1996

  • A Bazaari's World

    To understand Iran—and perhaps even the future of other parts of the Islamic world—one must understand a man like Mohsen Rafiqdoost

  • Second Thoughts on the Second Amendment

    CALMLY, patiently, with considerable bravery, the instructor at the shooting range shows me how to fire the submachine gun, a MAC-11--the first…

  • Cover Art

  • No Phone, No Pool, No Pets

    Living in a van

  • In Full Bloom

    Strolling through an array of England's private gardens

  • The Java Theory

    The Internet might someday replace the personal computer -- but for now only conventional software can get you where you need to go

  • Wages Matter Most

    The political book of the year predicts a Progressive revival--and is too easy on Bill Clinton

  • 745 Boylston Street

    -- David Schiff, whose music essays have appeared in The Atlantic Monthly for several years, writes with a composer's ear: when he isn't…

  • Letters

    -- LETTERS What Should Children Learn? Lead Poisoning. What Should Children Learn? Paul Gagnon's "What Should Children…

  • The Almanac

    Almanac -- The March Almanac Q&A Stutterers have a genetic predisposition to focus tension in their vocal cords, which…

  • Word Court

    I have always understood the verb include to refer to a number of items that make up a portion of a larger whole, as in "The alphabet contains …


Hunting With Poison Darts

A Borneo hunter explains one of his tribe's oldest customs: the art of the blowpipe


A Delightful, Pixar-Inspired Cartoon

The story of an action figure and his reluctant sidekick, who trek across a kitchen in search of treasure.


I Am an Undocumented Immigrant

"I look like a typical young American."


Juice Cleanses: The Worst Diet

A doctor tries the ever-popular Master Cleanse. Sort of.


Why Did I Study Physics?

Using hand-drawn cartoons to explain an academic passion


What If Emoji Lived Among Us?

A whimsical ad imagines what life would be like if emoji were real.


Living Alone on a Sailboat

"If you think I'm a dirtbag, then you don't understand the lifestyle."



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