Fourteen writers on “Bill Clinton and His Consequences”; Abraham Verghese, “The Bandit King and the Movie Star”; Daniel Smith, “Shock and Disbelief”; Ian Frazier, “Walking Tour”; and much more.
The Glass Palace.by Amitov Ghosh. Random House. 476 pages, $25.95 Amitav Ghosh's fourth novel opens with the sweeping power characteristic of…
An alternative history of the Clinton Administration
How Clinton kept us from getting his goat
In Mongolia a falconer finds the ultimate expression of his sport—hunting with the majestic golden eagle
Slavery, Secession, and Southern History.edited by Robert Louis Paquette and Louis A. Ferlenger. University Press of Virginia. 229 pages,…
At least when it came to campaign pledges, Bill Clinton told the truth
Biocontrols are the newest old thing in gardening
Eclipse.by John Banville. Knopf. 224 pages, $23.00 Some writers trumpet every trick. John Banville is of a higher order. His graceful and…
How do we distinguish the historic from the sentimental?
Savvy enough about rhythm
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Poems and Other Writings.edited by J. D. McClatchy. Library of America. 854 pages, $35.00 In 1857 Henry Wadsworth…
From a political appendage to a free-standing figure—who is, oddly enough, not really there
A Short Story
Bill Clinton's talent for confounding his enemies, manipulating his friends, and playing all sides against the middle helped to create the economic golden years
The first issue of The Atlantic Monthly came into subscribers' hands in November of 1857, and it can fairly be said that the cover did not scream…
Marriage is in Chapter Eleven, but the white wedding is in the black
A journey through a metropolis that, once seen, can never be forgotten
Clinton's chief legacy to the young was to drain politics of idealism
Everyday People.by Stewart O'Nan. Grove Press. 268 pages, $24.00 "They take the early bus," Jesse Jackson said of his supporters in his two…
Clinton's racial strategy helped mainly those who had already helped themselves
Love, etc.by Julian Barnes. Knopf. 240 pages, $23.00 This book is like Valentine's Day chocolate from an old flame: one doesn't know whether…
Welfare reform revived a hateful notion
Writers in post-Milosevic Yugoslavia discover that angst no longer sells
Is this the right moment to inaugurate a huge double-decker biography of Bing Crosby? Since his death, in 1977 (which took place, appropriately…
Knowing something about everything versus everything about something
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Aristocratic status is just a mouse click and a bank transfer away
Talking about my generation. And talking and talking and talking
Is the United States quietly, mysteriously, skrinking?
The President's party has lost its power base, both in Washington and in the states
He made sex obsolete—at least as a weapon of political war
Electroconvulsive therapy was once psychiatry's most terrifying tool—blunt, painful, and widely abused. It is now a safe and effective treatment for a wide range of mental illnesses. But an unlikely trio of activist groups stands against it
The 1990s were the time when "public education" lost its hold on our hearts
Searching for equanimity in the skies above Siberia
The sweet land of liberties deserves our respect—or at least our ambivalence
On July 30 of last year a notorious Indian smuggler and poacher named Veerappan kidnapped an elderly and beloved Indian actor named Rajkumar and squirreled him away in a forest hideout. The ransom demands were political—and unacceptable. The kidnapping roiled India and churned an American-style media frenzy. Then, suddenly, in November, Rajkumar was set free, under circumstances fraught with mystery
Experts will be chewing, and gnashing, over the legacy of Bill Clinton's presidency for years to come; Clinton himself will probably participate in…
What Global Language? Barbara Wallraff's article "What Global Language?" (November Atlantic) is an interesting review of the current status of…
Rarely has comedy of manners been so artfully infused with pathos as in Evelyn Waugh's recently reissued Sword of Honour trilogy: "the finest work of fiction in English," our author argues, "to emerge from World War II"
Dame Muriel's surreal meditation on belief