March 1999

The Atlantic - March 1999

David M. Kennedy, “Victory at Sea”; Harvey Cox, “The Market as God”; Ian Frazier, “Pick Your Part”; Nathan Englander, “The Gilgul of Park Avenue”; and much more.

  • 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"

  • Knot

    Knot -- by Guy Billout. The Atlantic Monthly; March 1999; Knot; Volume 283, No. 3; page 101.

  • 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"

  • What Makes Poetry 'Poetic'?

    THE SOUNDS OF POETRY: A Brief Guide. WHAT ever happened to poetry's reading public? Almost everyone with a stake in…

  • 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…


The Horrors of Rat Hole Mining

"The river was our source of water. Now, the people won't touch it."


What's Your Favorite Slang Word?

From "swag" to "on fleek," tweens choose.


Cryotherapy's Dubious Appeal

James Hamblin tries a questionable medical treatment.


Confessions of Moms Around the World

In Europe, mothers get maternity leave, discounted daycare, and flexible working hours.


How Do Trees Know When It's Spring?

The science behind beautiful seasonal blooming

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