January 1998

  • The Great Climate Flip-Flop

    “Climate change” is popularly understood to mean greenhouse warming, which, it is predicted, will cause flooding, severe windstorms, and killer heat waves. But warming could lead, paradoxically, to drastic cooling—a catastrophe that could threaten the survival of civilization.

  • A Writer Who Is Good for You

    After the Great War shell-shocked veterans were advised to read Jane Austen, "perhaps to restore their faith in a world that had been blown apart," the author writes, "while at the same time respecting their sense of the world's fragility"

  • Toward a Global Open Society

    A billionaire financier, wrongly accused of being a hypocritical capitalist for his February Atlantic cover story, "The Capitalist Threat," returns to the fray

  • Saving The Nation

    The new owner of the financially challenged

  • Sitting In

    A jazz writer and amateur drummer turns temporarily pro on the

  • A Greece to Be Discovered

    Not far from the tourist-trammeled ruins of antiquity are monasteries in the sky, pirate coasts, and friendly islands

  • It's Radi-O!

    The medium that can turn anywhere into somewhere

  • Changing the World on a Shoestring

    An ambitious foundation promotes social change by finding "social entrepeneurs" -- people who have new ideas and the knack for implementing them

  • The Socialist Who Loved Keats

    The late Irving Howe -- literary critic, biographer, historian and teacher -- was a beacon of a certain kind of intellectual and moral possibility

  • 77 North Washington Street

    ALTHOUGH William H. Calvin, the author of this month's cover story, "The Great Climate Flip-flop," says that he is "not primarily an author,"…

  • Letters

    Brattleboro, Vt.

  • The Almanac

    Demographics. January is the least matrimonial of months: fewer couples get married in January than in any other month, and divorce lawyers…

  • Word Court

    AThe Wall Street Journal the other day said, "Top officials of Columbia/HCA Healthcare Corp. engaged in a 'systemic' effort to defraud government…

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CrossFit Versus Yoga: Choose a Side

How a workout becomes a social identity

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Is Technology Making Us Better Storytellers?

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

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A Short Film That Skewers Hollywood

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

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In Online Dating, Everyone's a Little Bit Racist

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

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What Is a Sandwich?

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

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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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