August 1999

  • Thin Ice: Stereotype Threat and Black College Students

    When capable black college students fail to perform as well as their white counterparts, the explanation often has less to do with preparation or ability than with the threat of stereotypes about their capacity to succeed. Educators at Stanford who tested this hypothesis report their findings and propose solutions

  • A Politics for Generation X

    Today's young adults may be the most politically disengaged in American history. The author explains why, and puts forth a new political agenda that just might galvanize his generation

  • Cover Art

    Cover illustration. The Atlantic Monthly; August 1999; Cover Art - 99.08; Volume 284, No. 2; page .

  • Is Work Bad for You?

    A sociologist argues that the new "flexible" economy undermines employees' character. Our reviewer, a leading business theorist and management consultant, strongly disagrees

  • China: A World Power Again

    What is usual for China is unusual for the West -- at least in recent memory

  • Ubud, the Heart of Bali

    This part of Indonesia remains welcoming and serene

  • Brief Reviews

    by Burton Silver and Heather Busch. Chronicle, 96 pages, $16.95.

  • 77 North Washington St.

    WANTED: struggling young writers. Ted Halstead, thirty, the author of our cover article, "A Politics for Generation X," is a venture…

  • Letters

    The Great Disruption. Napoleon in Rags. The Great War. Killing Whales. Advice & Consent. The Great Disruption Francis Fukuyama…

  • The August Almanac

    Demographics August is the busiest time of year at Yosemite National Park: some 700,000 visitors are expected this month. The number of…

  • Word Watch

    American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Third Edition. deep-background private placement the covert release of potentially…


CrossFit Versus Yoga: Choose a Side

How a workout becomes a social identity


Is Technology Making Us Better Storytellers?

The minds behind House of Cards and The Moth weigh in.


A Short Film That Skewers Hollywood

A studio executive concocts an animated blockbuster. Who cares about the story?


In Online Dating, Everyone's a Little Bit Racist

The co-founder of OKCupid shares findings from his analysis of millions of users' data.


What Is a Sandwich?

We're overthinking sandwiches, so you don't have to.


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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