November 1997

Seamus Heaney, “All Ireland's Bard”; E. Annie Proulx, “The Half-Skinned Steer”; Katha Pollitt, “Feminism's Unfinished Business”; Ian Frazier, “Typwriter Man”; Richard Wilbur, “The Disappearing Alphabet”; and much more.

  • 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…

  • The Atlantic Monthly Looks Ahead to the 21st Century

    The Atlantic will publish over the next year or two a series of articles that look at aspects of the long-term future for the nation and the…

  • Typewriter Man

    The need for a new letter on an old manual machine leads the author to the shop of Martin Tytell, now in his seventh decade as repairman, historian, and high priest of typewriters.

  • 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

  • The Reading Wars

    An old disagreement over how to teach children to read -- whole-language versus phonics -- has re-emerged in California, in a new form. Previously confined largely to education, the dispute is now a full-fledged political issue there, and is likely to become one in other states.

  • 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…

  • Redeeming the Rake

    Stravinsky's The Rake's Progress is purposely hard to love -- which is why it so amply rewards those who stay for the glorious third act.

  • 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

  • Vista

    The Atlantic Monthly; November 1997; Vista; Volume 280, No. 5; page 115.

  • 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

  • Feminism's Unfinished Business

    SPEAKING OF SEX: The Denial of Gender Inequality by Deborah Rhode. Harvard University Press, 341 pages, $29.95. IT…

  • 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…


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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