July 2000

The Atlantic - July 2000

James Fallows, “An Acquired Taste”; Daniel Sarewitz and Roger Pielke Jr., “Breaking the Global-Warming Gridlock”; Cullen Murphy, “Outtakes”; Bill McKibben, “The World Streaming In”; and much more.

  • A Little Bit About the Soul

    Translated by Joanna Trzeciak. A soul is something we have every now and then. Nobody has one all the time. or forever. Day after day, …

  • Breaking the Global-Warming Gridlock

    Both sides on the issue of greenhouse gases frame their arguments in terms of science, but each new scientific finding only raises new questions—dooming the debate to be a pointless spiral. It's time, the authors argue, for a radically new approach: if we took practical steps to reduce our vulnerability to today's weather, we would go a long way toward solving the problem of tomorrow's climate

  • An Acquired Taste

    Al Gore is the most lethal debater in politics, a ruthless combatant who will say whatever it takes to win, and who leaves opponents not just beaten but brutalized. But Gore is no natural-born killer. He studied hard to become the man he is today

  • The Jaguar and the Fox

    Hard as he tried, Murray Gell-Mann could never make himself into a legend like his rakish colleague and collaborator, Richard Feynman -- even if he was probably the greater physicist

  • Fish Heads

    The father's lonely figure moved along the wharf, arms stiff at his sides and hands pushed into jacket pockets. We decided before he reached us that if he got even a little bit crazy, we'd beat him until he cried and then toss him into the harbor

  • Slow Motion

    Slow Motion. The Atlantic Monthly; July 2000; Slow Motion - 00.07; Volume 286, No. 1; page 75.

  • Outtakes

    The rise of provisional history

  • From the Leash to the Laboratory

    Medical-research institutions draw on a thriving black market in stolen and fraudulently obtained pets

  • Flotsam

    Looking for buried treasure at auction

  • A Mythic South Pacific

    On Tanna, in Vanuatu, the height of civilization is a resort with electricity and showers -- but that's not the point

  • The World Streaming In

    Free, easy-to-use software turns any PC into the greatest shortwave set there ever was

  • As American as Cricket

    A movement has been growing to bring what was once the most English of sports into the American mainstream. It just might succeed

  • The Last Great Critic

    Lionel Trilling believed that politics needed the imaginative qualities of literature and that liberalism needed literature's sense of "variousness, possibility, complexity, and difficulty"

  • Fascism's Secretary of State

    "Too many painters, sculptors and architects have represented Italy in Poland in the past," Galeazzo Ciano, the Italian Foreign Minister,…

  • Scientific Fiction

    At a time when scientific discovery outpaces almost everyone's understanding of it, Richard Powers is perhaps the only novelist with the ability,…

  • Brief Reviews

    The Circus Fire. In spite of wartime manpower shortages and uncertain rail transport, the Greatest Show on Earth rolled into Hartford,…

  • 77 North Washington Street

    AS even casual readers know, The Atlantic Monthly is not a heavily staff-written magazine. We depend for our sustenance on a loose-knit…

  • Letters

    Regulation by Shaming. The Reluctant Gendarme. The Best Pickup-Basketball Player in America. The Kept University Sound the Alar(m) Mary…

  • The Almanac

    Health & Safety Men who suffer from low testosterone levels gain a new therapeutic option this month, as topical testosterone gel…

  • Word Court

    Iweedeat -- as in "used a weedeater." Do I say "I weedate the back forty"? One of my friends avoids the problem by calling the device a weedwhacker…


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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