June 1996

  • 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

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  • Turn-of-the-Century Treasures

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

  • 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…


CrossFit Versus Yoga: Choose a Side

How a workout becomes a social identity


Is Technology Making Us Better Storytellers?

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


A Short Film That Skewers Hollywood

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


In Online Dating, Everyone's a Little Bit Racist

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


What Is a Sandwich?

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


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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