July 1999

The Atlantic - July 1999

Stephen Budiansky, “Why Your Dog Pretends to Like You”; Matthew Miller, “A Bold Experiment to Fix City Schools”; Toby Lester, “The Money Artist”; Beth Lordan, “From Mutton Island”; and much more.

  • The Truth About Dogs

    Recent explorations into the field of canine genetics are changing the way we think about man's best friend—"man's best parasite" may be more like it—and could help us repair the damage done by a century of inbreeding

  • Winning the War for the West

    After fiercely battling each other over the best use of public lands, some ranchers and environmentalists are beginning to agree: letting livestock graze can benefit the environment

  • The Money Artist

    Are the works of artist J.S.G. Boggs just defaced dollar bills? Or works of art worth $420,000? A look at an artist whose work has been raising some disconcerting questions about money and worth

  • The False Promise of Slave Redemption

    Some Africans and Westerners say that the battle against slavery in Sudan is being undercut by a humanitarian effort -- the practice of buying freedom for the slaves

  • Apollo 11, Apartheid, and TV

    When the only way to watch was to line up in front of a purple velvet curtain

  • A Bold Experiment to Fix City Schools

    A proposal for school vouchers on which Milton Friedman, Lamar Alexander, and Kweisi Mfume, the president of the NAACP, all agree

  • From Mutton Island

    Lyle had no more been to the Famine graves in Connemara than he'd been to Padraic's bar by the docks. He'd spent no grief on leaving his own sons an ocean away, and he'd not even done his Easter duty after the boys were grown

  • Hypaethral

    Hypaethral -- by Guy Billout The Atlantic Monthly; July 1999; Hypaethral - 99.07; Volume 284, No. 1; page 81.

  • Italy's Greatest Seaport

    The glory that was Genoa is enchanting still

  • Sonny Rollins At Sixty-Eight - 99.07

    Reformed, redeemed, and ready for reincarnation

  • "How Can the Light Deny the Dark?"

    Fervently anticipated for more than forty years, Ralph Ellison's second and last novel, like his first, Invisible Man, is all about "the American theme"—identity.

  • Brief Reviews

    The Road to Kosovo: A Balkan Diary Mr. Campbell, a freelance journalist, visited Bosnia in the interim between the Dayton Peace Accords…

  • 77 North Washington Street

    STEPHEN Budiansky, the author of this month's cover story, "The Truth About Dogs," has put the natural world at the center of both his…

  • Letters

    Victory at Sea. Stakeholder Society. Small-Town Cop. Virus Wars. If The Shoe Fits. Victory at Sea Reading David M. Kennedy's…

  • The Almanac

    Health So-called adult day-care centers, which provide nonresidential health care, meals, therapeutic services, and activities for elderly…

  • Word Court

    Wsnuck for the past tense of the verb to sneak. The way things are going, I think one could write "When the burglar snuck into the room, a…


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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