February 1999

The Atlantic - February 1999

Judith Hooper, “A New Germ Theory”; Peter Hessler, “Tibet Through Chinese Eyes”; Francine Russo, “A Mecca for Modernists”; W.S. Merwin, “Any Time”; and much more.

  • Tibet Through Chinese Eyes

    Many Chinese working in Tibet regard themselves as idealistic missionaries of progress, rejecting the Western idea of them as agents of cultural imperialism. In truth, they are inescapably both

  • A New Germ Theory

    The dictates of evolution virtually demand that the causes of some of humanity's chronic and most baffling "noninfectious" illnesses will turn out to be pathogens -- that is the radical view of a prominent evolutionary biologist

  • Who Owns Intelligence?

    Three unresolved issues will dominate the discussion of intelligence: whether intelligence is one thing or many things; whether intelligence is inherited; and whether any of its elements can accurately be measured. The debate, a prominent psychologist argues, is really over proprietary rights to a fundamental concept of our age

  • The Penumbra of Pedigree

    A revived reference book offers a fanfare for the common aristo

  • The Man With the Lapdog

    He heard his wife lifting herself from the bath water, and he knew that when she came out she'd get into bed beside him, damp in a way he'd once found so erotic that it nearly choked him

  • Exiled Beyond Kilometer 101

    Life in the Russian countryside makes life in Moscow -- even during times of economic crisis -- look pretty good.

  • A Mecca for Modernists

    The Netherlands is studded with twentieth-century architectural marvels

  • Black and White Intertwined

    A groundbreaking new history documents the rich collaboration between black and white players in the early decades of jazz

  • This Hawaii Is Not for Tourists

    Poverty, squalor, and violence mark the "anything but paradise" created by Lois-Ann Yamanaka, an award-winning writer whose blistering work is politically controversial

  • America's Heart

    GOTHAM: A History of New York City to 1898 HOW a trading post in the wilderness grew to be New York City is one of the…

  • Satan's Biographers

    (The online version of this article appears in two parts. Click here to go to part two.) EXPLAINING HITLER: The Search for the Origins of His…

  • 77 North Washington Street

    LAST August, in the aftermath of the bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa, many Americans first heard the name of Osama bin Laden -- the…

  • Letters

    Holocaust Studies. Unwanted Sex. "Ready, Read!" Downcycling. Advice & Consent. Holocaust Studies. Lawrence L. Langer's condemnation…

  • The February Almanac

    Government. February 1: As of today the century-long use of Morse code by ships in trouble effectively comes to an end. The International…

  • Word Improvisation

    Investigations of slang by the editor of the Random House Dictionary of American Slang.

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Before Tinder, a Tree

Looking for your soulmate? Write a letter to the "Bridegroom's Oak" in Germany.

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The Health Benefits of Going Outside

People spend too much time indoors. One solution: ecotherapy.

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Where High Tech Meets the 1950s

Why did Green Bank, West Virginia, ban wireless signals? For science.

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Yes, Quidditch Is Real

How J.K. Rowling's magical sport spread from Hogwarts to college campuses

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Would You Live in a Treehouse?

A treehouse can be an ideal office space, vacation rental, and way of reconnecting with your youth.

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