February 1997

George Soros, “The Capitalist Threat”; Suzanne Gordon, “What Nurses Stand For”; Ian Frazier, “Laws Concerning Food and Drink; Household Principles; Lamentations of the Father”; and much more.

  • Laws Concerning Food and Drink; Household Principles; Lamentations of the Father

    Of the beasts of the field, and of the fishes of the sea, and of all foods that are acceptable in my sight you may eat, but not in the living room…

  • Scaling Alaska's Heights

    Within Juneau's city limits are handsome mountains that novices can climb

  • The Other Side of War

    Paul Fussell—historian, literary critic, and veteran—wants to change the way Americans remember World War II

  • The Capitalist Threat

    What kind of society do we want? "Let the free market decide!" is the often-heard response. That response, a prominent capitalist argues, undermines the very values on which open and democratic societies depend. 

  • Time to End the Korean War

    For more than forty years what little we have known about North Korea has come largely from reporters and policy experts whose views of that country's intentions and capabilities may well be misleading or false. The time has come, one student of Korean affairs argues, to let North and South settle their differences directly, and bring U.S. soldiers home

  • What Nurses Stand For

    Sitcoms satirize them, the media ignore them, doctors won't listen to them, and now hospitals are laying them off, sacrificing them to corporate medicine -- yet their contribution to patients and families is beyond price.

  • Citizen 501(c)(3)

    An increasingly powerful agent in American life is also one of the least noticed.

  • In the Monster's Maw

    Fishing holds a different thrill when you yourself are the bait.

  • History Moving North

    As Mexican society fragments, the impact will hit the United States with force—and U.S. society is likely to fragment in some of the same ways.

  • Blood and Motherly Advice

    The American Forces Network offers homilies, sports events, and surprisingly graphic depictions of war.

  • There Was a Time

    "Bulls are unpredictable," my father said. "They can be as nice as can be one day, and for no reason take you out the next. They can go crazy in the spring".

  • De Sade's Daughters

    In the new erotic writing by women, sex is a cruel, even murderous business, and men, for the most part, are brutes.

  • 77 North Washington Street

    -- THE Atlantic Monthly has always sought to draw on the perspectives not only of journalists, scholars, critics, and men and women of letters…

  • Letters

    -- A Nation of Immigrants Radioactive Waste. A Nation of Immigrants. Thanks for the thoughtful articles on immigration by David M.…

  • The Almanac

    Almanac -- The February Almanac. Arts & Letters February 28: today is the last day that libraries can place orders for …

  • Word Improvisation

    Investigations of slang by the editor of theRandom House Historical Dictionaryof American Slang.


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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