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…


The Death of Film

You'll never hear the whirring sound of a projector again.


How to Hunt With Poison Darts

A Borneo hunter explains one of his tribe's oldest customs: the art of the blowpipe


A Delightful, Pixar-Inspired Cartoon

An action figure and his reluctant sidekick trek across a kitchen in search of treasure.


I Am an Undocumented Immigrant

"I look like a typical young American."


Why Did I Study Physics?

Using hand-drawn cartoons to explain an academic passion



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