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…


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."


How Is Social Media Changing Journalism?

How new platforms are transforming radio, TV, print, and digital


The Place Where Silent Movies Sing

How an antique, wind-powered pipe organ brings films to life


The Future of Iced Coffee

Are artisan businesses like Blue Bottle doomed to fail when they go mainstream?



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