August 2000

The Atlantic - August 2000

Valerie Martin, “Being Saint Francis”; Michael Joseph Gross, “The Queen Is Dead”; Peter Schrag, “'High Stakes Are for Tomatoes'”; Francis Davis on Charlie Hayden; and much more.

  • Being St. Francis

    Scenes from the discomfiting life of Francis of Assisi

  • The Queen Is Dead

    Once a gay icon, Judy Garland has become an embarrassment

  • The Face-Lift

    The whole world seemed spread out before Cristina in a series of wild and hilarious adventures, which she chose to see as absurd although she knew exactly how dangerous and serious they really were

  • "High Stakes Are for Tomatoes"

    Statewide testing of students, with penalties for failure, has run into opposition from parents across the political spectrum

  • No "There" There

    Why cyberspace isn't anyplace.

  • Where No Business is Good Business

    Many American corporations rely on the security of "workplace-recovery centers" -- fully equipped but empty office space reserved for the moment when disaster strikes.

  • Between the Vineyards

    Italy's Piedmont region has much more to offer the visitor than wine and truffles.

  • From the Streets to the Piste

    Almost half of the fencers on the U.S. Olympic team are African-Americans from the inner city -- all students of one remarkable man.

  • An Irresistible Long-winded Bore

    John Cowper Powys wrote about "the three incomprehensibles": sex, religion, and nature. And wrote. And wrote

  • The (Still) Relevant Socialist

    Michael Harrington, the author of The Other America,was the most charismatic figure on the American left in the past half century. His case for a democratic socialism takes on new meaning in the age of globalization.

  • Brief Reviews

    They Drew Fire: Combat Artists of World War II There was so much photographic coverage of World War II, and it was so…

  • Phoebe-Lou Adams Interview

    A farewell toast to Phoebe-Lou Adams

  • 77 North Washington Street

    PHOEBE-LOU Adams served on the staff of The Atlantic Monthly for more than half of the twentieth century, longer than anyone else with the…

  • Letters

    The War Against Boys. Oral History. What JFK Really Said The War Against Boys. Carol Gilligan et al. versus Christina Hoff Sommers Atlantic,…

  • The Almanac

    Health & Safety Alternative medicine takes another step toward the mainstream this month, as clinical licensing exams in naturopathic…

  • Word Watch

    The Encarta World English Dictionary (1999). parasite single a young Japanese woman, typically in her twenties, who lives with her parents…


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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