November 2000

The Atlantic - November 2000

Barbara Wallraff, “What Global Language?”; Robert D. Kaplan, “Where Europe Vanishes”; Jeff Tietz, “In the Event of Flight”; Christopher Caldwell, “The Crescent and the Tricolor”; and much more.

  • Rainbow

    Audio: Hear the author read this poem. Short storms make the best rainbows— twenty minutes of inky wet, and then, on the rinsed atmosphere's…

  • The Crescent and the Tricolor

    France today has more Muslims than practicing Catholics, and couscous has arguably become the country's national food

  • Children's Products and Risk

    The Consumer Products Safety Commission was created to ensure the safety of products for infants, among others. But it can't

    Illustration by Adam Niklewicz

  • Where Europe Vanishes

    Civilizations have collided in the Caucasus Mountains since the dawn of history, and the region's dozens of ethnic groups have been noted for "obstinacy and ferocity" since ancient times. Stalin was born in these mountains, and it was also here that the Soviet empire began to crumble. The story of the Republic of Georgia illustrates that the peoples of the Caucasus may prove as incapable of self-rule as they were resistant to rule by outsiders

  • The Fall Into Guns

    Few Americans, this cliche-upending book shows, owned guns before the Civil War. What happened?

  • What Global Language?

    English isn't managing to sweep all else before it -- and if it ever does become the universal language, many of those who speak it won't understand one another.

  • Interview With David Graddol

    An e-mail exchange with David Graddol of The English Company U.K.

  • Interview With Anne Soukhanov

    An e-mail exchange with Anne Soukhanov, the U.S. general editor of the Encarta World English Dictionary.

  • In the Event of Flight

    Days and nights with a bounty hunter

  • Word Court

    Iaren't I? I am not a native speaker of English, but that expression simply does not sound right to me. I was relatively confident that it was…

  • Cello

    Brother Antoine wanted to present a version of himself that he thought the Tibetans would admire, and in the meantime his scorn for all things Western grew.

  • Hybrid Vigor

    A funny thing happened on the way to the demise of the plug-in car.

  • The Harlem of France

    In the industrial city of Roubaix, a youth jobs program takes hold.

  • Bacchus

    Bacchus -- by Guy Billout The Atlantic Monthly; November 2000; Bacchus - 00.11; Volume 286, No. 5; page…

  • From Iron Age to Our Age

    The Mediterranean island of Elba has been gratifying visitors since prehistory.

  • Our Lady of Sorrows

    Willfully unaware of the facts of her professional life, listeners persist in thinking that Billie Holiday felt their pain.

  • New Life for Old Cars

    Part mechanic, part artist, part detective, Paul Russell restores antique automobiles to their original condition -- once he has determined what that was.

  • Mongrel Capitalism

    THE GLOBAL ME New Cosmopolitans and the Competitive Edge: Picking Globalism's Winners and Losers ON…

  • Short Reviews

    The End of the Affair

  • 77 North Washington Street

    "YEARS ago," says Robert Vare, who recently joined The Atlantic's staff as a senior editor, "I discovered that my abiding passion in…

  • Letters

    Laboratory Animals. Global Warming. Trademark. Phoebe-Lou Adams. Cricket. Bicker Bicker. Advice & Consent. Laboratory Animals …

  • The Almanac

    Health & Safety November ushers in the peak season for meningococcal meningitis -- inflammation of the lining of the spinal cord and…

  • Arts & Entertainment Preview

    Illustration by Tom Curry. On Sunday, November 12, tune in to Breakfast With the Arts on the A&E Network and learn about the…


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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