August 1997

Ellen Ruppel Shell, “Resurgence of a Deadly Disease”; Louise Erdrich, “Satan: Hijacker of a Planet”; Roy Blount Jr., “Diamond Nuggets”; James Fallows, “Computers: Zoot!”; and much more.

  • Malaria: Resurgence of a Deadly Disease

    Malaria kills roughly twice as many people worldwide as AIDS, drugs no longer work against some strains, and mosquitoes in diverse parts of the United States now carry the disease.

  • Diamond Nuggets

    All the weekly baseball notes you'll ever really need

  • Classical Appeal

    IN a cubbyhole at the cramped offices of the Oregon Symphony, in Portland, a conductor, an orchestra manager, a fundraiser, and a composer awaited…

  • Satan: Hijacker of a Planet

    ON the outskirts of a small town in the West, on an afternoon when rain was promised, we sat upon the deck of our new subdivision ranchette and…

  • The Real Thing

    I HAD been reading and hearing for years about the broad popularity of Civil War "re-enactments," and yet until a recent chance…

  • Artful Restorations

    DAVID Linker stands over a Louis XIV bureau Mazarin like a surgeon over a car-wreck victim. The pine body, once fit for a monseigneur's…

  • Noisy Highways

    THERE is a troubling, and worsening, mismatch between Americans' love of personal transportation and the way the nation's highways are…

  • Napoli Ever After

    "I'D love to go to Italy too," a deskbound friend in Milan remarked jokingly when I told him about my recent trip to Naples. For…

  • Zoot!

    THE wave of software standardization led by Microsoft products like Windows and Word has made computers simpler to use than they once were. It is…

  • The King Who Sent the Armada

    PHILIP OF SPAIN IT was evening when the grand chamberlain approached the canopied bed to deliver the physicians'…

  • The Roots of War

    AS we approach the end of a century marked by wars on a scale without precedent in 5,000 years of recorded human history (so many dead from the years…

  • The Academy vs. the Humanities

    AS a retired professor of English who now and again returns to teaching, I am aware that the work I try to do with my students has less and less in…

  • 77 North Washington Street

    IN the mid-1970s the editors of The Atlantic Monthly decided to add a new feature to the magazine -- one that would engage readers on an utterly…

  • Letters

    Race Problems. Restoring Welfare. New Zealand's Economy. Embryos and Retirees. Advice & Consent. Race Problems. Randall Kennedy's…

  • The August Almanac

    Health and Safety. Ragweed will begin blooming this month, setting off allergic reactions in millions of Americans. Increasing their misery in…

  • Word Watch

    by Anne H. Soukhanov. broadbanding, a new promotion-and-pay structure in which workers spend most of their careers within a single but very…


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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