June 1997

Chandler Burr, “The AIDS Exception: Privacy vs. Public Health”; Mark Sagoff, “Do We Consume Too Much?”; Larry Heinemann, “The Fragging”; Francis Davis, “The Man From Heaven”; and much more.

  • The AIDS Exception: Privacy vs. Public Health

    It's time to stop granting "civil rights" to HIV—and to confront AIDS with more of the traditional tools of public health

  • Homosexuality and Biology

    An introduction to a muddled and sometimes contentious world of scientific research—one whose findings, now as tentative as they are suggestive, may someday shed light on the sexual orientation of everyone

  • Transylvania Today

    This part of the world isn't just for Dracula buffs

  • Do We Consume Too Much?

    Discussions of the future of the planet are dominated by those who believe that an expanding world economy will use up natural resources and those who see no reasons, environmental or otherwise, to limit economic growth. Neither side has it right.

  • Word Improvisation

    As noted in these pages and elsewhere, a debate is under way in Washington over the Consumer Price Index and whether it has been accurately…

  • The Man From Heaven

    The songs of Burt Bacharach are enjoying a revival that seems unlikely only at first hearing.

  • The Positive Negative

    Saying no with a smile

  • The Wittgenstein Controversy

    The dispute over the first complete edition of the philosopher's papers is as petty and academic as Wittgenstein himself was high-minded and profound

  • Slow Death in the Great Plains

    A sizable swath of the country's heartland is undergoing a severe drop in births that, if it continues, could empty many small towns in just one generation.

  • Late Edition

    The mighty Miehle, a letterpress the size of a truck, which for thirty years printed the news for Yellow Springs, Ohio, falls victim to the computer

  • Unanswered Prayers

    KISS by Reginald Gibbons. PRAYER by Patricia Hooper. PSALM by Mark Jarman. LEARNING HOW TO PRAY by Cathy Smith Bowers. SANSKRIT BY…

  • The Life of Job in Exurbia

    Philip Roth looks back in dismay at the 1960s.

  • How Powerful Is Advertising?

    BREAKING UP AMERICA: Advertisers and the New Media World by Joseph Turow. University of Chicago Press, 242…

  • 77 North Washington Street--June 1997

    CHANDLER Burr, the author of this month's cover story, "The AIDS Exception: Privacy vs. Public Health," could scarcely have anticipated a decade…

  • Letters

    Welfare Bill. Assisted Suicide. Cultural Realism. Editor's Note. Welfare Bill. In a postscript to Peter Edelman's outstanding cover story,…

  • The June Almanac

    Government June 1: Starting today, according to an ordinance passed last year, all businesses that contract their services to the city or…


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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