July 1996

Thomas I. Palley and Robert A. Levine, “Recipe for a Depression”; Francis Davis, “Like Young”; Steven Stark, “Gap Politics”; Wendy Kaminer, “The Latest Fashion in Irrationality”; and much more.

  • Gap Politics

    The famous gender gap is often described simply as good news for one party--women are moving to the Democrats. But it's a two-way gap--even more men have moved to the Republicans. Each party and its candidates now appear to represent, at least in part, the interests of one sex against the other

  • Recipe for a Depression

    D URING the past decade the one thing Americans have known for sure about the federal budget deficit is that it is bad. Government spending soaked up…

  • The Forces Making for an Economic Collapse

    Why a depression could happen

  • The Economic Consequences of Mr. Clinton

    The belief that balancing the budget must takeprecedence over every other economic considerationhas captured the minds of President Bill Clinton andhis advisers. In this essay a former economic policymakertakes a critical look at the economic logic and portentoushistory behind a new orthodoxy he regards as dangerous

  • Express Yourself: It's Later Than You Think

    If you're confused about Postmodernism,that may mean you understand it.

  • Like Young

    Jazz has been attracting its first young audiences in decades -- but are they hearing a music without a future?

  • Welcome to Our Tomb

    Visitors to Ulysses S. Grant's final resting placehave an opportunity to preserve their reactions for posterity. They don't need any prodding

  • High Resolution, Unresolved

    Private companies will soon launch satellites powerful enough to spot environmental hazards--or a car in your driveway. Should we worry about snooping from space?

  • Germania Irredenta

    Renouncing a provision of the 1945 Potsdam Declaration, Germans are looking more than wistfully at lands they lost in the war -- and suing to get them back. Do some things never change?

  • Buffed and Polished

    Health spas are more numerous and diverse than ever before. Our correspondent learns how to choose wisely.

  • Living-Room Galleries 96.07

    As the New York art world rebounds, dealers are responding to an increasingneed for community--and to high rents--byreviving the artistic salon.

  • Robert Penn McInerney

    A review of Last of the Savages by Jay McInerney

  • 745 Boylston Street

    -- Hans Koning's article in this issue, "Germania Irredenta," about a lingering German desire for lost properties and territories, offers a…

  • Letters

    -- LETTERS Mideast Oil Forever? Advice & Consent Mideast Oil Forever I am surprised that The Atlantic Monthly would print an…

  • The Almanac

    Almanac -- The July Almanac Arts & Letters July 4, "Rings: Five Passions in World Art"--an exhibit that forms the …

  • Word Court

    -- Word Court. thanks to thanks to thanks to due to. J. Nina Lieberman. Where blame is more to the point than gratitude,…


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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