June 2000

  • A Kinder, Gentler Overclass

    David Brooks, the author of Bobos in Paradise, explains why bourgeois bohemians are here to stay.

  • Cover Art

    Cover photograph by Paul Taylor. The Atlantic Monthly; June 2000; Cover Art - 00.06; Volume 285, No. 6; page .

  • Harvard and the Making of the Unabomber

    In the fall of 1958 Theodore Kaczynski, a brilliant but vulnerable boy of sixteen, entered Harvard College. There he encountered a prevailing intellectual atmosphere of anti-technological despair. There, also, he was deceived into subjecting himself to a series of purposely brutalizing psychological experiments -- experiments that may have confirmed his still-forming belief in the evil of science. Was the Unabomber born at Harvard? A look inside the files

  • On the Air

    What one man can do with two coconut halves, an empty plastic soda bottle, and a pair of athletic socks stuffed with cornstarch

  • Wordsworth Slept Here

    And so did Charlotte Bronte and James Murray and E. M. Forster and Beatrix Potter

  • Secret Gardens

    How to turn patchwork urban backyards into neighborly communal parks

  • 77 North Washington Street

    Alston Chase, the author of "Harvard and the Making of the Unabomber," this month's cover story, has been associated with The Atlantic…

  • Letters

    The Kept University. The Soundtracking of America. The Black Book The Kept University "The Kept University," by Eyal Press and Jennifer…

  • The Almanac

    Demographics Factory shipments of air-conditioning equipment to dealers and distributors typically peak in June. Last June they reached a…


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.


How Will Climate Change Affect Cities?

Urban planners and environmentalists predict the future of city life.


The Inner Life of a Drag Queen

A short documentary about cross-dressing, masculinity, identity, and performance


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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