November 1998

  • Behind the Chrysanthemum Curtain

    Japan's palace courtiers face big obstacles—in the form of tradition, politics, and their own code of behavior—as they struggle to create a modern role for the country's imperial family

  • In the Kerouac Archive

    How did the novel On the Road evolve? What did Jack Kerouac hope the movie would be like? How did he view the advent of celebrity culture in America? A trove of unpublished writing by Kerouac will come into print during the next several years. We offer excerpts, together with commentary by Douglas Brinkley, the editor of these papers.

  • "Ready, Read!"

    A new solution to the problem of failing public schools is emerging: takeover by outside authorities, who prescribe a standardized field-tested curriculum. This runs counter to our long-standing tradition of autonomy for local schools and teachers, but it works

  • Corn Bread When I'm Hungry

    Dock Boggs and rock criticism

  • Richard Hofstadter's Tradition

    Fifty years ago, amid trying personal circumstances, an audacious young historian wrote a book of lasting merit about American Presidents and their politics

  • Anticipation

    The early bird pre-gets the worm

  • The Lovely, Lovely- 98.11

    Anne, in her tenth decade

  • My Mother's First Lover

    I ran the whole way, half a mile, the wet grass soaking through my pink ballet slippers. My mother, her back to me, was sitting quietly at the water's edge. A man sat beside her, his arm around her waist

  • A Bird's-eye View of Nepal

    In search of the scarlet minivet, the Himalayan griffon, the racket-tailed drongo, and a few hundred other ornithological species

  • Cutting-Edge but Comfy

    Young London artists are attracting crowds -- not because of their flashy attention-seeking but because their art is understandable and unintimidating

  • 77 North Washington Street

    The Atlantic Monthly; November 1998; 77 North Washington Street; Volume 282, No. 5; page 6.

  • Letters

    Road Rage. Algerian Violence. Travels Into America's Future. Advice and Consent. Road Rage. Michael Fumento ("'Road Rage' Versus Reality,"…

  • The Almanac

    Government. November 3: Election Day. More House incumbents will be running unopposed by major-party candidates today than at any other time…

  • Word Court

    Dperson is persons? I am sure that the people who taught me the nuances of our great language would like a copy as well. Whether it's the announcer…


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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