April 1998

Edward O. Wilson, “The Biological Basis of Morality”; Wendy Kaminer, “The Trouble With Single-Sex Schools”; David Owen, “Children and Money”; Chitra B. Divakaruni, “Mrs. Dutta Writes a Letter”; and much more.

  • The Trouble With Single-Sex Schools

    All-female schools are "models of equivocation," the author, a Smith graduate, writes. They "reinforce regressive notions of sex difference" while at the same time helping women into the professions

  • The Horror

    Should the Japanese atrocities in Nanking be equated with the Nazi Holocaust?

  • Children and Money

    Turning childish greed into grown-up capitalism

  • The Biological Basis of Morality

    Do we invent our moral absolutes in order to make society workable? Or are these enduring principles expressed to us by some transcendent or Godlike authority? Efforts to resolve this conundrum have perplexed, sometimes inflamed, our best minds for centuries, but the natural sciences are telling us more and more about the choices we make and our reasons for making them

  • Introduction to 'The New Yorker's Mr. Shawn'

    The mystery of William Shawn's origins -- a source of considerable curiosity in the literary world throughout Shawn's long career -- is finally solved by one of his writers

  • Mrs. Dutta Writes a Letter

    When Mrs. Dutta decided to give up her home of forty-five years to go to America, her relatives were less surprised than she had expected. Everyone knows, they said, that a wife's place is with her husband, and a widow's is with her son

  • An Eye for Anomaly

    A photographer finds her subjects among things that are "not quite right"

  • Three New Revelations About LBJ

    The author of an about-to-be-published biography of Lyndon Johnson shares some of what he has learned

  • Dazzling White Nights

    The prices are low and the standards high at St. Petersburg's summer music festival

  • America Right and Left

    Political intellectuals of both parties call for something more bracing than Bill Clinton's flabby syncretism—and think we want it too.

  • 77 North Washington Street

    GREAT editors are never exactly alike. Edward Weeks, the extroverted ninth editor of this magazine (1938-1966), was clubbable, a golfer, and a…

  • Letters

    Climate Flip-flop. Global Open Society. No Middle Way. First Lady. Climate Flip-flop. William H. Calvin's account of the possible coming…

  • The Almanac

    Demographics. This month the U.S. Bureau of the Census begins a rehearsal for Census 2000, which will include various new means of arriving at a…

  • Word Watch

    by Anne H. Soukhanov. American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Third Edition. amenities creepan escalation in recent years in the…


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Confessions of Moms Around the World

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How Do Trees Know When It's Spring?

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