James Fallows, “Post-President for Life”; P. J. O'Rourke, “The Bill Show”; David Hajdu, “Wynton's Blues”; David Brooks, “Kicking the Secularist Habit”; Gertrude Himmelfarb, “The Victorian Achievement”; Christopher Hitchens, “The Perils of Partition”; Jonathan Rauch, “Caring for Your Introvert”; fiction by Kimberly Elkins; and much more.
What sort of role does Bill Clinton play with world leaders who are still in office—and what weight do his public statements and his private…
A six-step program
Directors of today's war movies, with their insistence on graphic bloodletting and happy endings, should look at the original World War II movies, which were subtly subversive
A Short Story
The post-presidency of Bill Clinton will, like the Clinton Administration, be noisy and attention-getting. Will it accomplish anything—or turn out to be limbo in overdrive? Clinton is the youngest ex-President since Teddy Roosevelt—and he is still the most skillful politician in the Democratic Party. What he does with the rest of his life will set a precedent for the growing number of vigorous and long-lived ex-Presidents to come
For two decades Wynton Marsalis ruled the jazz universe, enjoying virtually unqualified admiration as a musician and unsurpassed influence as the music's leading promoter and definer. But after a series of sour notes—he parted from his record label, has been caught up in controversy at Jazz at Lincoln Center; and has been drawing increasing fire from critics and fellow musicians alike for his narrow neotraditionalism—perhaps the biggest name in jazz faces an uncertain future. Just like jazz itself
A usually sophisticated writer indulges in simple-minded animus against Victorian England—which deserves better
Our author examines the political—and literary—legacy of Britain's policy of "divide and quit"
Developments, encouraging and otherwise
The Fifty-first State? In his article on the problems facing the United States in a postwar Iraq ( "The Fifty-first State?," November Atlantic),…
Updating an elementary lexicon
What to read this month
There are selves too big for one person to contain. You cannot call them selfish. There is nothing -ish about such selves. They are the self, as it were, itself
On the Block The Master Butchers Singing Club.by Louise Erdrich. HarperCollins. Fidelis Waldvogel, a crack German sniper, returns from the…
The habits and needs of a little-understood group
A new strategy of demanding nominees' views on judicial issues ensures that the next Supreme Court nomination battle will be ugly.