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…


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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