August 1998

  • Pesto By Hand

    The oldest—and still the best—way to make most people's favorite pasta sauce need not be the most laborious

  • 'Invent Radium or I'll Pull Your Hair'

    Set in the Germany of the Great War and the years after, this is the story of how young Doris Schmitz fought for independence from her Prussian mother, got an education, and fell in love with an eloquent young Austrian named Peter Drucker

  • The Torch and the Hearth

    Fire, this book argues, has been the central ecological factor in the making of the European landscape, an abiding symbol of Western civilization, and a forge for ideas about nature from the Neolithic to the Cold War

  • 'Road Rage' Versus Reality

    A media coinage that rests more on the infectious appeal of alliteration than on the weight of evidence

  • Craft's Stravinsky

    Through his own artistry, the writer and conductor Robert Craft shows us anew Stravinsky's music -- music Craft knows better than anyone else

  • 77 North Washington Street

    "WRITING is a sacred calling -- but so are gardening, dentistry, and plumbing, so don't put on airs." Garrison Keillor, the host of the Public…

  • Letters

    Special Moment. Bilingual Education. Editors' Note. Special Moment. Bill McKibben ("A Special Moment in History," May Atlantic) is, I suppose,…

  • The August Almanac

    Government. This month philanthropy-minded postal customers can elect to pay eight cents extra for a special first-class stamp, with the net…

  • Word Watch

    by Anne H. Soukhanov. American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Third Edition. Beltropolis the 257 square miles within 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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