October 1996

  • A Conversation with Donald Hall

    Donald Hall, author of the short story "From Willow Temple," in the October, 1996, issue of The Atlantic Monthly, is staggeringly prolific: he has…

  • A Talk With Bill Clinton

    The President shows himself to be at once confident about what we should do to better life for the next generation and guarded about how much we can achieve toward that end

  • India Cotton Shirt

    Hear Erica Funkhouser read this poem (in RealAudio). She saw it in a secondhand shop, another woman's shirt given away. in a fury of…

  • The Sub-Seabed Solution

    Far from being embraced, a promising solution to the radioactive-waste problem faces stiff opposition from the federal government, the nuclear industry, and environmental interests

  • Cover Art

  • Say Something

    They're only children

  • 77 North Washington Street

    -- THE masthead in this issue of The Atlantic Monthly is the first one in seventeen years that does not bear -- "boast" would be a better word…

  • Letters

    -- Breast Cancer Is Spirituality Irrational? Singapore Slings Savages and Men Breast Cancer Although I am not qualified to judge…

  • The Almanac

    Almanac -- The October Almanac. Environment This month New York City and State officials will reveal details of a plan to close…

  • Word Court

    M me and I incorrectly. For example, "Will you go to lunch with Mary and I?" or "Why did you not contact Jerry or I ?" I know that in both…


CrossFit Versus Yoga: Choose a Side

How a workout becomes a social identity


Is Technology Making Us Better Storytellers?

The minds behind House of Cards and The Moth weigh in.


A Short Film That Skewers Hollywood

A studio executive concocts an animated blockbuster. Who cares about the story?


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.


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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