December 2000

  • A New Way to Be Mad

    The phenomenon is not as rare as one might think: healthy people deliberately setting out to rid themselves of one or more of their limbs, with or without a surgeon's help. Why do pathologies sometimes arise as if from nowhere? Can the mere description of a condition make it contagious?

  • Cover Art

    Cover photograph by Christopher Barker. The Atlantic Monthly; December 2000; Cover Art - 00.12; Volume 286, No. 6; page .

  • The Cosmopolitan Provincial

    Allen Tate's ambivalent, artificial relationship with the South

  • 77 North Washington Street

    IN the years ahead," says William Langewiesche, the author of this month's cover story, about the iconoclastic wine critic Robert Parker Jr.…

  • Letters

    The Heavenly Jukebox. Fourteen. Green Surprise? Borges on Tale-Telling. Shipbreaking. Grizzly Bears. Advice & Consent. The…

  • The Almanac

    Demographics Holiday shopping is in full swing this month -- and so is theft. In 1998 retailers lost more than $15 billion to shoplifters.…

  • Word Watch

    The Encarta World English Dictionary (1999). blow-in someone who has recently taken up residence in a given country or area: "[He] had a…


CrossFit Versus Yoga: Choose a Side

How a workout becomes a social identity


Is Technology Making Us Better Storytellers?

The minds behind House of Cards and The Moth weigh in.


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.


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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