January 1997

Anthony King, “Running Scared”; Akhil Sharma, “Cosmopolitan”; Corby Kummer, “The World as Your Oyster”; Alexander von Hoffman, “Urban Affairs: Good News!”; and much more.

  • Forgotten Benefactor of Humanity

    Norman Borlaug, the agronomist whose discoveries sparked the Green Revolution, has saved literally millions of lives, yet he is hardly a household name

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  • Running Scared

    Painfully often the legislation our politicians pass is designed less to solve problems than to protect the politicians from defeat in our neverending election campaigns. They are, in short, too frightened of us to govern.

  • The Spirit of Cotonou

    Finally, some helpful advice to the French on how to enhance the role of their language in the world

  • The Many Faces of Ives

    This year's Charles Ives is another illustration of how protean our most American composer remains.

  • The World as Your Oyster

    How to eat well anywhere you go

  • Cuba's Entrepreneurial Socialism

    Cuba has become a good place to do business -- for all but U.S. firms. Our economic embargo hurts not only Cuba but, increasingly, us as well.

  • Good News!

    From Boston to San Francisco the community-based housing movement is transforming bad neighborhoods

  • Cosmopolitan

    The magazine article mentioned that when leaving after making love for the first time, one should always arrange the next meeting. Gopal phoned Mrs. Shaw.

  • The Most Eminent Victorian

    Adored as "the People's William" and execrated by "the upper ten thousand," Gladstone was the great statesman of his age.

  • 77 North Washington Street

    -- WE warmly recommend two new books that grew out of Atlantic Monthly articles: , by George L. Kelling and Catherine M. Coles, published by The…

  • Letters

    -- The Jefferson Image Home From Nowhere. Advice & Consent. The Jefferson Image. Conor Cruise O'Brien ( "Thomas Jefferson:…

  • The Almanac

    Almanac -- The January Almanac. Health & Safety. January 1, by today most commercial broadcast television and radio stations…

  • Word Court

    Ddone instead of finished to indicate the completion of a task. For example, at dinnertime my children would announce. "I'm done" and ask…

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Riding Unicycles in a Cave

"If you fall down and break your leg, there's no way out."

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Carrot: A Pitch-Perfect Satire of Tech

"It's not just a vegetable. It's what a vegetable should be."

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An Ingenious 360-Degree Time-Lapse

Watch the world become a cartoonishly small playground

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The Benefits of Living Alone on a Mountain

"You really have to love solitary time by yourself."

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The Rise of the Cat Tattoo

How a Brooklyn tattoo artist popularized the "cattoo"

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