August 1996

Charles Trueheart, “Welcome to the Next Church”; Jonathan Schell, “The Uncertain Leviathan”; Robert D. Kaplan, “Proportionalism”; Jack Beatty, “A Race Too Far”; Ralph Lombreglia, “The Only People for Him”; and much more.

  • 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

  • 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

  • The Uncertain Leviathan

    Spectators, pulse-takers, anger, and frustration--a look into the void of American politics

  • Eminent Domains

    A horticulturist and the landscape at Monticellothat he has brought back to life

  • Proportionalism

    What should the United States do in the Third World, where there's too much to do and too much that can't be done?

  • A Race Too Far?

    "A pillow fight at the Somerset Club," one local wag calls the Senate contest betweensons of prominent Brahmin families in Massachusetts. Meanwhile, the son of its most famous Irish family watches and smiles.

  • The Dummy

    A five-year-old child had been lost; the menof the town had gotten together a search; they'dfound the boy and he was fine. Why not celebrate?

  • Abloom with Art

    Works by renowned modern sculptors can be viewedoutdoors in the New York area--and across America

  • The Last Roundup

    Merle Haggard's sandblasted truthhas been eclipsed by the twinkly perfectionof today's country music.

  • 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…


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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