September 1998

Charles C. Mann, “Who Will Own Your Next Good Idea?”; Ellen Ruppel Shell, “Could Mad-Cow Disease Happen Here?”; Francis Davis, “Swing and Sensibility”; Yusef Komunyakaa, “Venus of Willendorf”; and much more.

  • Could Mad-Cow Disease Happen Here?

    Britain's horrifying experience taught us a few things, but perhaps not enough to preclude an outbreak of our own

  • Who Will Own Your Next Good Idea?

    Some corporations want to lock up copyright even tighter. Some naive intellectuals want to abandon copyright altogether. Where is a "do-nothing" Congress now that we need one?

  • Tuscan Tomatoes

    Panzanella combines two ingredients Tuscans hold dear -- fresh tomatoes and old bread

  • Swing and Sensibility

    Whatever Frank Sinatra sang, he swung, and his musicianship will endure longer than the swagger that today's singers so admire

  • The Time Has Come

    Thinking about the logical next step in the funeral industry's evolution

  • The Fulcrum of Europe

    Romania longs for the West, and the West needs Romania more than it knows

  • Poor but Prosperous

    Development and quality of life can't always be measured purely in economic terms. The Indian state of Kerala is a case in point

  • Come Back Irish

    As a child she had kept a pony in a small stable behind her house. One afternoon, in a moment of pure misunderstanding of her own motives, she had encouraged it to bite her

  • Escapade

    The Atlantic Monthly; September 1998; Escapade; Volume 282, No. 3; page 119.

  • Half a World Away

    Buenos Aires is a European city six months and a hemisphere out of synch.

  • The Hidden Nature of Systems

    A prominent social scientist explains how complex social connections affect international politics, economic competition, and the environment

  • The Pleasures of Formal Poetry

    THE WORLD BELOW THE WINDOW: Poems 1937-1997 WILLIAM Jay Smith published his first book of poems in 1947, inaugurating a…

  • 77 North Washington Street

    "I WAS the sort of kid," says Charles C. Mann, the author of this month's cover story on the future of intellectual property, "who has a new…

  • Letters

    , June Atlantic) who found Peter Schrag's analysis of the California initiative process ("California, Here We Come," March Atlantic) overly hostile…

  • The September Almanac

    Demographics. September is the busiest month of the year for military reunions, largely because hotel rooms are widely available at off-season…

  • At Last Count

    (Click on the map above to see a larger version (85k)). THE map above shows the demographic landscape of the…

  • Word Court

    IN RULES that are to take effect next month, President Bill Clinton has ordered federal agencies and departments to use "plain language," rather…


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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