June 1996

David Plotkin, M.D., “Good News and Bad News About Breast Cancer”; Witold Rybczynski, “Sounds as Good as It Looks”; Edward J. Delaney, “Conspiracy Buffs”; Benjamin Schwarz, “Why America Thinks It Has to Run the World”; and much more.

  • A Visionary Poet at Ninety

    What's all this about poets in their youth beginning in "gladness" but ending in "despondency and madness"? William Wordsworth, meet Stanley Kunitz

  • Good News and Bad News About Breast Cancer

    Women are more alarmed than they need to be about the chances that they will develop breast cancer. But they are also more confident than they should be that the advances medicine has made in treating the disease and prolonging life mean that it can be cured

  • Why America Thinks It Has to Run the World

    The Cold War is over, and America is staggering under a colossal debt and an accumulation of frightening social problems. Yet it continues to spend billions to protect Germany and Japan--two rich nations whose freedom is in no apparent danger. Why? Here is the answer that the foreign-policy elite would give if it dared to speak frankly about the delicate matter of American efforts to assert international economic and political control

  • The Year of Talking Radically

    "People who should have been indicted got honorary degrees" - Kevin Phillips on the political climate of the 1980s.

  • The Paradoxical Case of Tony Blair

    "You have to remember," says someone who knows him, "that the great passion in his life is his hatred of the Labour Party"

  • Conspiracy Buffs

    LYLE and Deborah haven't been to New York before. The convention of the East Coast Assassination Investigation Workshops has finally brought them…

  • Turn-of-the-Century Treasures

    Like Vienna and Budapest, Stockholm is rich in Art Nouveau architecture

  • Sounds as Good as It Looks

    Seiji Ozawa Hall, at Tanglewood, is modeled on the world's few great concert halls.

  • All Politics is Cosmic

    The politics of meaning

  • 745 Boylston Street

    745 Boylston Street -- WHEN Oliver Wendell Holmes proposed that this magazine be called The Atlantic Monthly, the conceit was that the…

  • Letters

    -- LETTERS A New Public Philosophy Second Amendment. Irving Berlin. Child Labor. A New Public Philosophy In "America's…

  • The Almanac

    Almanac -- The June Almanac. Food The price of imported pasta is likely to rise this month, as the U.S. Commerce Department…

  • Perpetual Motion

    Earthquake Activity: 1974-1993

  • Word Improvisation

    A lot of nonsense


The Horrors of Rat Hole Mining

"The river was our source of water. Now, the people won't touch it."


What's Your Favorite Slang Word?

From "swag" to "on fleek," tweens choose.


Cryotherapy's Dubious Appeal

James Hamblin tries a questionable medical treatment.


Confessions of Moms Around the World

In Europe, mothers get maternity leave, discounted daycare, and flexible working hours.


How Do Trees Know When It's Spring?

The science behind beautiful seasonal blooming

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