December 1999

  • Denmark Vesey, Forgotten Hero

    Who was Denmark Vesey, and why is there a sudden surge of interest in this little-known figure of American history? An Atlantic essay from 1861 helps to clarify.

  • On the Rez

    The writer, an admirer of Indian traditions of freedom and heroism, visits an old friend on the Pine Ridge Reservation, explores the place, and discovers a modern-day Indian hero

  • Cover Art

    Cover illustration. Powwow: Images Along the Red Road The Atlantic Monthly; December 1999; Cover Art - 99.12; Volume 284, No. 6; page .…

  • The Near North

    There have always been good reasons to visit Iceland's exotic desolation, but next year will bring a few new ones

  • Smoky Scotch

    Earth, air, water, fire -- the four elementscombine to create a fifth

  • Brief Reviews

    by Laurie Winn Carlson.Ivan R. Dee, 197 pages, $24.95.

  • 77 North Washington Street

    IAN Frazier, the author of this month's cover story, displays a quintessentially American impulse: he is drawn toward the West. He has moved…

  • Letters

    Dow 36,000 Slave Redemption. Generation X Livestock Grazing. Advice & Consent. Dow 36,000 In "Dow 36,000" (September Atlantic),…

  • The Almanac

    Government Two large-scale hand-overs of territory take place this month. The last U.S. troops leave the Panama Canal Zone on December 31,…

  • Word Watch

    LURD, also LUrD a living, unrelated donor: "It is believed to be the first transplant from a living donor with no prior relationship to the…


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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