February 1999

  • 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

  • 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…

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Is Technology Making Us Better Storytellers?

The minds behind House of Cards and The Moth weigh in.

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A Short Film That Skewers Hollywood

A studio executive concocts an animated blockbuster. Who cares about the story?

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In Online Dating, Everyone's a Little Bit Racist

The co-founder of OKCupid shares findings from his analysis of millions of users' data.

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What Is a Sandwich?

We're overthinking sandwiches, so you don't have to.

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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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