December 1997

  • Was Democracy Just a Moment?

    The global triumph of democracy was to be the glorious climax of the American Century. But democracy may not be the system that will best serve the world—or even the one that will prevail in places that now consider themselves bastions of freedom.

  • Garlan

    Reflections on an unlikely family heirloom

  • Almanac

    Government December 31: A new security measure for domestic flights is scheduled to take effect today. According to a mandate from the Federal…

  • Rubin

    In tribute to those who are forgotten but not gone

  • Hiss

    Across America disused railbeds are being converted to trails for hiking and biking. Soon a national trail will link the coasts

  • Moss

    The Canaries offer different visions of the sublime

  • Scull

    Shopping for LPs in the many villages of downtown New York City

  • Schwarz

    The American South may be joining the national parade, but writing about the South still tries to establish its distinctiveness

  • 77 North Washington Street

    MORE than thirty years ago, in August of 1967, an essay by a distinguished thirty-seven-year-old novelist and critic then teaching at the State…

  • Letters

    A Grief Like No Other. Classical Appeal. Critical Theory. A Grief Like No Other. It's a shame that Eric Schlosser's well-placed compassion…

  • Word Watch

    A selection of terms that have newly been coined, that have recently acquired new currency, or that have taken on new meanings, compiled by the executive editor of the


CrossFit Versus Yoga: Choose a Side

How a workout becomes a social identity


Is Technology Making Us Better Storytellers?

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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