March 1999

  • How to Steal a Diamond

    In an arid region north of Cape Town, diamond theft is viewed as the proper work of man. This attitude extends across much of the southern part of Africa, draining profits and fueling political unrest.

  • Victory at Sea

    Recent movies like Saving Private Ryan and The Thin Red Line have vividly depicted the face of land battle in the Second World War, but the story of the American war is incomplete without the sweep and strategic stakes of the war at sea, in which 104,985 American sailors and Marines were wounded, 56,683 were killed, and more than 500 U.S. naval vessels were sunk. Lest we forget

  • The Market as God

    Living in the new dispensation

  • Can of Worms

    is a hardy, muscular earthworm found in the Florida Panhandle and prized by fishermen. For years locals gathered and sold these earthworms with little federal interference. Now the situation has changed

  • Doing Well By Eating Well

    Slow Food, a group from Italy dedicated to sensual correctness, will soon be urging Americans to rediscover and protect their culinary patrimony

  • Pick Your Part

    Looking for a rearview mirror or a clutch fan in the far reaches of Los Angeles

  • The Gigul of Park Avenue

    The rabbi's face looked long and soft: the rapture did not return. "No hope, Mr. Luger, I tell you this from one Jew to another. There is no hope for the pious"

  • On Top of the World

    Days of adventure and moments of transcendence along the Karakoram Highway

  • Taming the Savage Noble

    The outrageous life of the Marquis de Sade, told by an author who is susceptible to his "terrible charm"

  • 77 North Washington Street

    ON the eve of the Great Crash, in 1929, President Herbert Hoover commissioned a group of social scientists to document the state of American…

  • Letters

    America's Maginot Line. Verbs in Place. Ready, Read! Advice & Consent. America's Maginot Line. Paul Bracken's recent article "America's…

  • The Almanac

    Art & Letters. In a boon for art-lovers in America's heartland, exhibits showcasing two remarkable new acquisitions open this month -- one…

  • Word Court

    TAmerica appears in print and is heard in conversation and song. I mentally insert United States of in front of it, hoping that the user isn't…

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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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