August 1996

  • Throwing Like a Girl

    Throwing style is not determined by biology—anyone can learn to throw like an athlete

  • The Only People for Him

    In Lionel Trilling's distinction, Jack Kerouac is more than a writer; he has become a "figure" in our culture

  • Cover Art

  • The Next Church

    Seamless multimedia worship, round-the-clock niches of work and service, spiritual guidance, and a place to belong: in communities around the country the old order gives way to the new

  • 745 Boylston Street

    -- ASK a man who owns one: André Emmerich, the author of "Abloom With Art" in this issue, about America's sculpture parks, is himself the…

  • Letters

    -- LETTERS The Nitrous Oxide Philosopher Mideast Oil Forever? Backlogs of History. The Nitrous Oxide Philosopher Dmitri…

  • The Almanac

    Almanac -- The August Almanac. Environment Peak hurricane season begins this month; areas in the paths of storms may be better prepared…

  • Word Watch

    The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Third Edition. Beau Geste fort, one of a chain of irregularly star-shaped base camps…


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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