January 2000

The Atlantic - January 2000

Marc K. Stengel, “The Diffusionists Have Landed”; Rick Bass, “A Winter's Tale”; Michael Joseph Gross, “The Trials of Tribulation”; David Schiff, “Who Was That Masked Composer?”; and much more.

  • Israel Now

    The author, a former resident of Israel, finds that raw power and economic forces are redrawing the map of the Middle East, and peace talks will merely formalize the emerging reality

  • Who Was That Masked Composer?

    In political life as in his music, Aaron Copland decorously hid his emotions

  • The Diffusionists Have Landed

    You've probably heard of those crackpot theories about ancient Phoenicians or Chinese in the New World. Maybe it's time to start paying attention

  • Five and a Half Utopias

    Despite its dismal record, the utopian impulse is by no means extinct. An eminent physicist looks at several of the guises in which utopian thinking is likely to appear during the century ahead -- and at the perils that lurk behind each one

  • Tyrants

    She would not meet Stalin's eyes, but she thought he might be smiling. He shifted in his bed to make room and patted a spot on the covers by his leg. He said, "Can you sit with me?"

  • A Winter's Tale

    Out on that cobalt ice I feel the same age as the children, and do not tire, and the leaps of my heart are in perfect lockstep with theirs

  • Europe's Back Doors

    Two sleepy Spanish enclaves on the coast of Morocco are suddenly of concern to both sides of the Mediterranean -- as entry points for Africans slipping illegally into the European Union

  • The Trials of the Tribulation

    In the "Left Behind" novels things get very bad -- the planet is invaded by "200 million demonic horsemen," for example,…

  • Brief Reviews

    The Ice Finders. As Mr. Bolles points out, the Ice Age is today so well established as historical fact that it is difficult to accept its origins…

  • 77 North Washington Street

      Ms. Grammar. GOOD etiquette is a convention, and so is good grammar. That being so, senior editor Barbara Wallraff reasoned, why not…

  • Letters to the Editor

    Information Revolution. Military History. Dow 36,000 Misunderstanding China. Betty Friedan. Waldorf Schooling. Editor's Note …

  • The Almanac

    Environment Don't be too quick to blame Y2K for any systems failures that may occur this month -- the culprit could be solar storms. The sun…

  • Word Court

    S God is in the details. I've also seen the thought expressed as The devil is in the details. For example, today on page one of The Washington Post…

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What's Your Favorite Slang Word?

From "swag" to "on fleek," tweens choose.

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Cryotherapy's Dubious Appeal

James Hamblin tries a questionable medical treatment.

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Confessions of Moms Around the World

In Europe, mothers get maternity leave, discounted daycare, and flexible working hours.

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How Do Trees Know When It's Spring?

The science behind beautiful seasonal blooming

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