April 1999

The Atlantic - April 1999

John Lewis Gaddis, “Living in Candlestick Park”; Robert Buderi, “The Virus Wars”; Matthew Gurewitsch, “Forget the Callas Legend”; Peter Davison, “Poet of the Factory Floor”; and much more.

  • 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

  • The Virus Wars

    Guided by an inspired analogy with the human immune system, IBM scientists have developed the next generation of defenses against computer bugs.

  • 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)

  • Poet of the Factory Floor

    THE MERCY: Poems. PHILIP Levine's poetry has been steadily moving to the front rank of American poetry for three…

  • 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


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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