April 2000

The Atlantic - April 2000

Vladimir Nabokov, “Nabokov's Butterflies”; Charles Trueheart, “A New Kind of Justice”; Chuck Sudetic, “The Reluctant Gendarme”; David Rieff, “Midnight in Sarajevo”; and much more.

  • Jersey Rain

    Now near the end of the middle stretch of road. What have I learned? Some earthly wiles. An art. That often I cannot tell good fortune from…

  • The Best Pickup-Basketball Player in America

    The man any true basketball devotee wants to play with or against

  • A New Kind of Justice

    The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia is the world's first war-crimes tribunal since Nuremberg. The major powers have accepted the tribunal's jurisdiction and submitted to its authority, which is far broader than most people understand. Although not even idealists would have predicted it a decade ago, something like this tribunal may soon become a permanent feature in the world

  • Nabokov's Butterflies, Introduction

    A cache of previously unpublished work -- fictional and scientific, playful and didactic -- by the novelist and distinguished lepidopterist: "the last important unpublished fiction by Nabokov." The translation from the Russian is by Nabokov's son, Dmitri. Brian Boyd, Nabokov's biographer, provides an introduction

  • 77 North Washington Street

    THE keepers of this magazine's archives created an electronic filing system years ago, but unlike many of the nation's librarians, they never…

  • Cloud, Castle, Lake

    One of my representatives—a modest, mild bachelor, very efficient—happened to win a pleasure trip at a charity ball given by Russian…

  • The Aurelian

    I LURING aside one of the trolley-car numbers, the street started at the corner of a crowded avenue. For a long time it crept on in obscurity,…

  • After the Wars

    Yugoslavia and the World

  • The Reluctant Gendarme

    Why is France protecting indicted war criminals in the sector of Bosnia it controls?

  • Midnight in Sarajevo

    A city that was once the center of the world's horrified attention is now a safe place again -- but a sad place, where corruption reigns, opportunities are rare, and the young and the talented only want to get out

  • Regulation by Shaming

    Forcing companies to disclose health and safety information can improve customer choices and industry practices -- but it can also distort perceptions of what should be changed

  • The Raft

    "It had zero to do with war," my grandfather said, "and everything to do with the uniform I was wearing. Because my job was to make decisions. Besides, what the hell would I have done with a boatload of naked Japanese?"

  • High-Performance Poets

    W. H. Auden, James Merrill, and Sylvia Plath read from their work in recordings previously unavailable

  • A Hand for the Head

    New directions in niche marketing

  • Our First Telephone

    "Out here in the Alaskan bush we want it all: we want choice, we want privacy, and still we want to listen in."

  • Around the Big Bend

    The magnificently solitary landscape of West Texas is studded with surprises

  • The Baddest of Bad Art

    Reviled until recently, academic art is being revalued, and a museum inspired by a mystical Beirut collector is helping to show the way

  • The Toronto Circle

    In accomplished stories and novels South Asian writers who are exiles in Canada are re-creating the worlds they left behind

  • Were the Hawks Right About the Vietnam War?

    THE Vietnam War unsettled a lot, not least the relationship that normally exists between orthodoxy and revisionism in historical writing. It's…

  • Brief Reviews

    Rudyard Kipling: A Life. In the appreciative preface to his splendid biography of Kipling, Mr. Ricketts describes him as a chameleon. Salman…

  • Letters to the Editor

    Diffusionists. Utopias. The Trials of the Tribulation. Aaron Copland Diffusionists Marc K. Stengel ("The Diffusionists Have Landed,"…

  • The Almanac

    Demographics Those celebrating birthdays this month might wish they'd been born at a different time of year: according to a study by the Max…

  • Word Court

    O ironic. It seems that people now use it in place of coincidental or even to describe completely unrelated occurrences. During a recent baseball…


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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