July 1996

  • 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

  • Cover Art

  • The Forces Making for an Economic Collapse

    Why a depression could happen

  • 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,…


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.


How Will Climate Change Affect Cities?

Urban planners and environmentalists predict the future of city life.


The Inner Life of a Drag Queen

A short documentary about cross-dressing, masculinity, identity, and performance


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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