August 1998

Doris Drucker, “'Invent Radium or I'll Pull Your Hair'”; Michael Fumento, “'Road Rage' Versus Reality”; Allen Shawn, “Craft's Stravinsky”; Richard Bausch, “Par”; and much more.

  • Pesto By Hand

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

  • Travels into America's Future

    Imagine a land in which the dominant culture is an internationalized one, at every level; in which the political units that really matter are confederations of city-states; in which loyalty is an economic concept, when it is not obsolete; in which "the United States" exists chiefly to provide military protection. That is the land our correspondent glimpses, and it is no longer beyond the horizon

  • '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

  • Par

    The online version of this story appears in two parts. Click here to go to part two. WHAT John Dallworth liked about it at first was being outside…

  • 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

  • The Burden of James Dickey

    SUMMER OF DELIVERANCE: A Memoir of Father and Son. JAMES Dickey was hugely gifted and hugely flawed, a tremendous reader…

  • 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…


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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