November 1997

  • The New World

    Audio: Hear Philip Levine read "The New World" (2:20)         A man roams the streets with a basket. of freestone peaches hollering,…

  • The Half-Skinned Steer

    He said he would be at the funeral. No point talking about flights and meeting him at the airport. He intended to drive. Of course he knew how far it was. He had a damn fine car, never had an accident in his life, knock on wood

  • The Atlantic's Founding

    THE Atlantic Monthly began publication 140 years ago, in November of 1857. Edward Sorel's drawing commemorates a dinner gathering not long…

  • The Disappearing Alphabet

    Audio: Hear Richard Wilbur, former poet laureate of the United States, introduce and read "The Disappearing Alphabet" (9:17) If the alphabet…

  • Our Real China Problem

    The price of China's surging economy is a vast degradation of the environment, with planetary implications. Although the Chinese government knows the environment needs protection, writes the author, who spent six weeks inside China investigating the growing environmental crisis, it fears that doing the right thing could be political suicide

  • Word Court

    Wnear miss to describe the non-collision of planes or other objects? Near hit or close call would be accurate, because there was, after all, a miss…

  • DNA Fatigue

    Worn out by a nucleotidal wave

  • A Democrat Who Admits It

    Richard Gephardt is unafraid to say that the government should spend money on big public programs -- things that other Democrats said before they echoed Republicans

  • A Memory of the Nineteen-Nineties

    Being a faithful account of the events of the designated day, when the man who had disappeared was expected briefly to return

  • Thin Walls, Bad Neighbors

    In the new Russia making yourself at home is still no easy task

  • A Taste of Asia

    Learning to cook Thai food can be a highlight of a trip to Thailand

  • The Conservative Line on Race

    In a book uniting social science with ideological argument, the authors contend that African-Americans should rejoice in the progress they have made since the 1960s, stop playing "the race card," and renounce the other articles of racial liberalism

  • All Ireland's Bard

    Tied by birth to unionism, memorialist of the executed Nationalist rebels of 1916, W. B. Yeats mirrored Ireland's divisions in his self-divisions -- yet saw the island as a single cultural entity sprung from common roots in common myths

  • 77 North Washington Street

    T began publication 140 years ago, in November of 1857. Edward Sorel's drawing commemorates a dinner gathering not long afterward of three of the…

  • Letters

    Editors' Note. Mosquito Problems. Teaching the Humanities. Computer Delusion. Zero. Euthanasia and Abortion. Editors' Note. We regret…

  • The November 1997 Almanac

    Government. November 1: Starting today Californians may file requests to opt out of the service provided by their local electric companies and…


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The minds behind House of Cards and The Moth weigh in.


A Short Film That Skewers Hollywood

A studio executive concocts an animated blockbuster. Who cares about the story?


In Online Dating, Everyone's a Little Bit Racist

The co-founder of OKCupid shares findings from his analysis of millions of users' data.


What Is a Sandwich?

We're overthinking sandwiches, so you don't have to.


Let's Talk About Not Smoking

Why does smoking maintain its allure? James Hamblin seeks the wisdom of a cool person.



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