November 1999

The Atlantic - November 1999

Sue Erikson Bloland, “Fame: The Power and Cost of a Fantasy”; Alan Berlow, “The Wrong Man”; Richard Rorty, “Phony Science Wars”; Yehuda Amichai, “After Auschwitz”; and much more.

  • Soft-Boiled

    Detectives aren't what they used to be

  • Fame: The Power and Cost of a Fantasy

    The daughter of an eminent psychoanalyst uses her experience to help us understand the pursuit of celebrity -- its psychological roots, its social meaning, its human cost

  • 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

  • Factor Analysis

    A newly pervasive linguistic trope raises a question: Have we stumbled on the basic unit of social causality?

  • Did Braveheart Die for Devolution?

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

  • Euroland, Open for Business

    The European Monetary Union once seemed unimaginable. The questions now are What will it lead to? and Will Britain join?

  • Date Line

    Date Line -- by Guy Billout The Atlantic Monthly; November 1999; Date Line - 99.11; Volume 284, No. 5; page…

  • 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."

  • Phony Science Wars

    THE SOCIAL CONSTRUCTION OF WHAT? OCCASIONALLY we read about a war that is supposed to be going on among philosophers…

  • Brief Reviews

    River-Horse: The Logbook of a Boat Across America Mr. Heat-Moon's plan to cross the United States by boat required a series of…

  • 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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Never Tell People How Old They Look

Age discrimination affects us all. James Hamblin turns to a colleague for advice.

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Would You Live in a Treehouse?

A treehouse can be an ideal office space, vacation rental, and way of reconnecting with your youth.

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Pittsburgh: 'Better Than You Thought'

How Steel City became a bikeable, walkable paradise

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A Four-Dimensional Tour of Boston

In this groundbreaking video, time moves at multiple speeds within a single frame.

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Who Made Pop Music So Repetitive? You Did.

If pop music is too homogenous, that's because listeners want it that way.

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