March 2000

The Atlantic - March 2000

Eyal Press and Jennifer Washburn, “The Kept University”; J. Bottum, “The Soundtracking of America”; Jim Myers, “Notes on the Murder of Thirty of My Neighbors”; Chitra Divakaruni, “Uncertain Objects of Desire”; and much more.

  • The Third Generation

    She was a Holocaust princess, their living memorial candle, continuity. Who would have predicted that she would turn her back on her people to become a nun in, of all places, the convent at Auschwitz?

  • The Kept University

    Commercially sponsored research is putting at risk the paramount value of higher education—disinterested inquiry. Even more alarming, the authors argue, universities themselves are behaving more and more like for-profit companies

  • Uncertain Objects of Desire

    In India, a country that straddles the old and the new, a good place to look for signs of shifting values might be the matrimonial columns of The Times of India

  • The Soundtracking of America

    Music made sense when the world did. Now the sense is gone, but the melody lingers on -- everywhere. We live surrounded by music, from torch songs at Starbucks to the Beatles in the elevator, and the barrage may be turning our minds to mush

  • Notes on the Murder of Thirty of My Neighbors

    Killing sprees in suburban schools are rare and shocking events. Imagine, then, living in a neighborhood where a sign in a laundromat asks patrons to be sure, before putting their clothes in the wash, to empty all pockets of bullets

  • The Joy of Sexing

    Sixty years spent telling one newly hatched bird from the next

  • What Makes History

    The lessons of a New England landscape

  • Spring

    Spring. The Atlantic Monthly; March 2000; Spring - 00.03; Volume 285, No. 3; page 99.

  • The Edge of the World

    Tasmania is the Australia, in miniature, that tourists travel so far to see

  • Resurrecting Fats

    New transcriptions of Fats Waller's pipe-organ and piano solos could ensure that Waller is remembered not just as an entertainer but as a great composer

  • Extreme Stargazing

    A race to spot 110 designated celestial objects in the time between dusk and dawn

  • John O'Hara's Protectorate

    His undisguised longing for acclaim still keeps John O'Hara from being the favorite son of the place he defined

  • The Future Did Not Work

    ALONG with self-congratulation and relief, the fall of the Soviet Union has stimulated an abundance of postmortems on communism and its place in the…

  • Brief Reviews

    by Da Chen. Random House, 320 pages, $25.00.

  • 77 North Washington Street

    The ownership of The Atlantic Monthly has changed nine times in the magazine's 143-year history. The editorship has changed ten times. Now…

  • Letters to the Editor

    On the Rez. Divided We Sprawl. Health-Care Economy. Phony Science Wars. Advice & Consent. Editors' Note. On the Rez I commend Ian…

  • The Almanac

    Q & A A 1998 study by climatologists at Arizona State University suggests that this is more than just a matter of perception.…

  • Word Improvisation

    LAST fall Richard Brookhiser published an article in American Heritage called "How Smart Should a President Be?" Not long after, pundits…


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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