August 1999

The Atlantic - August 1999

Ted Halstead, “A Politics for Generation X”; Claude M. Steele, “Thin Ice: 'Stereotype Threat' and Black College Students”; Charles Mann, “Living With Linux”; Lynna Williams, “Comparative Religion”; and much more.

  • 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

  • Tabloid Law

    A report from the chaotic fringes of the First Amendment, where publicity collides with privacy and the check-out line leads to the courtroom

  • 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

  • Living With Linux

    A new cost-free and crash-free alternative to Windows and Macintosh operating systems provides freedom at a price

  • China: A World Power Again

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

  • Can Coffee Drinkers Save the Rain Forest?

    Much of the coffee you drink is "technified"; "sustainable" coffee often tastes better, besides being a lot better for the environment.

  • The Population Surprise- 99.08

    The old assumptions about world population trends need to be rethought. One thing is clear, in the next century the world is in for some rapid downsizing.

  • Comparative Religion

    When I was eight, I went down the aisle one day and told my father I had accepted Jesus as my personal Lord and Savior. I was sure that saying I believed, out loud in front of everyone, would somehow make it true.

  • 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…


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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