July 1997

Todd Oppenheimer, “The Computer Delusion”; Thomas E. Ricks, “The Widening Gap Between the Military and Society”; Dick Teresi, “Zero”; Marshall Jon Fisher, “Alleycat Couriers”; and much more.

  • The Widening Gap Between Military and Society

    U.S. military personnel of all ranks are feeling increasingly alienated from their own country, and are becoming both more conservative and more politically active than ever before. Do they see America clearly?

  • New-Alphabet Disease?

    It's tough suddenly changing from one alphabet to another. Azerbaijan is on its third one this century

  • The Computer Delusion

    IN 1922 Thomas Edison predicted that "the motion picture is destined to revolutionize our educational system and ... in a few years it will…

  • Zero

    When does the new millennium begin — in 2000 or 2001? The public has voted with its checkbooks for the former. The Fairmont Hotel in San…

  • Word Court

    Agenericness -- that's the word that came out of my mouth. It seems to me that some such term -- genericness or genericity or genericticity --…

  • The Mall of Fame

    Even in neglect, a shrine to our society's values embodies them still

  • Visitations

    I am drawn to cemeteries. I've enjoyed them since childhood. I have no wish to be placed in one anytime soon, of course, but I am lured…

  • Finitude

  • A Train in Spain

    SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA WHEN I arrive in Santiago, in the region of Galicia, I am glad to see that it is drizzling. Gabriel García…

  • Alleycat Couriers

    ON the afternoon of last Halloween in Manhattan the rising tide of rush hour swept a curious group into Herald Square. The group's monster masks…

  • Surveyors of the Enlightenment

    MASON & DIXON THE novelist Robert Coover, speaking of influences in American fiction, once remarked that apprentices…

  • Chekhov in American

    THE PLAYS OF ANTON CHEKHOV IN the English-speaking world Anton Chekhov is far better known for his plays than for his short…

  • 77 North Washington Street

    IN describing changes to the format of The Atlantic Monthly that were made in 1937, the editors acknowledged the need always "to accommodate the…

  • Letters

    U.S. English, Inc.Washington, D.C.

  • The July Almanac

    Food. July 4: Barbecue season peaks today -- some 80 percent of Americans will celebrate the holiday at a cookout -- and the season for…


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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