April 1999

  • Living in Candlestick Park

    In the twenty-first century geopolitics might well take its metaphors from geology, as the state system of international relations gets shaken to its foundations

  • Confucius and the Scholars

    East Asian technocrats and modernists in Beijing, among others, are eagerly embracing an updated Confucianism -- even as scholars in the West ask some eyebrow-raising questions. Did the Chinese sage really exist? If so, did he have much to do with the religious and ethical system that bears his name? Could Confucianism have been invented by Jesuit missionaries?

  • Afternoon of the Sassanoa

    Jacob had never in his life seen his father or grandfather call for help while on the water. He had been thinking of his mother's shepherd's pie, but now he saw what he should have seen before

  • If the Shoe Fits- 99.04

    In search of a formula for everything

  • Ambivalent Autonomy

    The vote to create an independent regional authority did not come automatically to Wales, as it did to Scotland. The startlingly close vote reveals much about a nation that has both embraced and resisted a colonial mentality

  • Touring Turin

    The place to experience the height of northern-Italian elegance isn't where most people think

  • Forget the Callas Legend

    The reissued official Callas discography reveals the art that will last, which the diva's image often obscures

  • Against Inequality

    A valiant proposal to give every American twenty-one-year-old the same chance to prosper (or fail)

  • 77 North Washington Street

    The Atlantic Monthly; April 1999; 77 North Washington Street; Volume 283, No. 4; page 4.

  • Letters

    What is the Koran? When Evil Is Cool. What Is the Koran? The main issue in "What Is the Koran?," by Toby Lester (January Atlantic), is not how…

  • The Almanac

    Food. April 4: Easter. This year, judging from recent buying patterns, the nation's children, and probably some adults, will receive more than 600…

  • Word Watch

    A selection of terms that have newly been coined, that have recently acquired new currency, or that have taken on new meanings, compiled by the executive editor of the

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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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How Will Climate Change Affect Cities?

Urban planners and environmentalists predict the future of city life.

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The Inner Life of a Drag Queen

A short documentary about cross-dressing, masculinity, identity, and performance

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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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