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…

  • Puzzler

    Central Square. When all clue answers have been entered in the diagram, the 5 x 5 shaded area will feature a miniature crossword known as…

  • Word Improvisation

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

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Google Street View, Transformed Into a Tiny Planet

A 360-degree tour of our world, made entirely from Google's panoramas

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The 86-Year-Old Farmer Who Won't Quit

A filmmaker returns to his hometown to profile the patriarch of a family farm

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Riding Unicycles in a Cave

"If you fall down and break your leg, there's no way out."

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Carrot: A Pitch-Perfect Satire of Tech

"It's not just a vegetable. It's what a vegetable should be."

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The Benefits of Living Alone on a Mountain

"You really have to love solitary time by yourself."

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