November 1999

  • Soft-Boiled

    Detectives aren't what they used to be

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    Cover illustration. The Atlantic Monthly; November 1999; Cover Art - 99.11; Volume 284, No. 5; page .

  • The Wrong Man

    The prospect that innocent people will be executed in America is horrifyingly likely, the author argues in this unsparing report on the criminal-justice system. Police officers and prosecutors have suppressed evidence. Many public defenders are incompetent. And the appeals process is becoming more difficult

  • A New Horn

    What was that odd-looking brass instrument you saw in a jazz club or at the symphony? It was David Monette's reinvention of the trumpet

  • Did Braveheart Die for Devolution?

    Scottish independence is in the air, and it may well stay there, masking the facts of English domination

  • India's Grand Trunk Road

    On the subcontinent's most historic highway a traveler experiences squalor and splendor alike

  • On Cannon Cliff

    A tutorial at a classic site with one of America's pre-eminent alpine climbers

  • Forgotten Heroes of Freedom

    "As much as any of the Revolutionary patriots and Founding Fathers," writes our reviewer, a historian of slavery, "we need to recall these plantation rebels and outlaws."

  • 77 North Washington Street

    READING Erik H. Erikson's (1950), one was terrified. The eight stages of development Erikson outlined were intimidating if one was still…

  • Letters

    Generation X Population Surprise. Tabloid Law. Grazing Problems. Generation X Ted Halstead's frustrating analysis of an entire…

  • The Almanac

    Food Turkey sales peak this month; so do sales of vegetarian alternatives, such as tofu and wheat-based "turkeys." It is estimated that…

  • Word Court

    Hout of Detroit," he said. "Are they in ... Pontiac?" I asked. "No, no, they're out of Detroit." "Oh -- Flint?" I asked. "They're in Detroit," he…

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A Time-Lapse of Alaska's Northern Lights

The beauty of aurora borealis, as seen from America's last frontier

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What Do You Wish You Learned in College?

Ivy League academics reveal their undergrad regrets

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Famous Movies, Reimagined

From Apocalypse Now to The Lord of the Rings, this clever video puts a new spin on Hollywood's greatest hits.

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What Is a City?

Cities are like nothing else on Earth.

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CrossFit Versus Yoga: Choose a Side

How a workout becomes a social identity

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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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