June 2000

The Atlantic - June 2000

Alston Chase, “Harvard and the Making of the Unabomber”; Joel Rogers and Ruy Teixeira, “America's Forgotten Majority”; Larry Levinger, “The Prophet Faulkner”; Thomas Mallon, “A New Social Type Is Born”; and much more.

  • A Kinder, Gentler Overclass

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

  • 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

  • America's Forgotten Majority

    Forget the "soccer mom." The new white working class is the key to twenty-first-century politics, but neither party has found a way to mobilize it effectively

  • I Am the Grass

    At the end of his first week his feelings of guilt and ambivalence were being replaced by a sense of good will and atonement, as if he and Vietnam were two bad people who had unexpectedly done something nice for each other

  • Threepenny Composer

    Kurt Weill did not, as most critics would have it, sell out to Broadway after his early Berlin brilliance

  • The Return of Ancient Times

    Why the warrior politics of the twenty-first century will demand a pagan ethos

  • Money Game

    Impatient hunters seeking guaranteed trophy antlers -- and impatient Asians seeking aphrodisiacs -- have made elk farms a thriving business. We're just starting to assess the damage

  • 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

  • Ice Cream for Beginners

    Burnt caramel is a flavor that will make even novice ice-cream makers feel like sophisticates

  • Secret Gardens

    How to turn patchwork urban backyards into neighborly communal parks

  • Brief Reviews

    At End of Day. The last novel of the late George V. Higgins shows no hint of failing skill or mellowing temper. The dialogue is as raffishly…

  • 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…

  • Word Improvisation

    Investigations of slang by the editor of the Random House Dictionary of American Slang

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Who Made Pop Music So Repetitive? You Did.

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