March 2006

Lori Gottlieb, "How Do I Love Thee?"; Kenneth Pollack, "The Right Way"; Joshua Green, "Schools for Scandal"; Terry Castle on "House Porn"; Sridhar Pappu on T. D. Jakes; Corby Kummer on New Orleans restaurants; and much more.


How Do I Love Thee?

A growing number of Internet dating sites are relying on academic researchers to develop a new science of attraction. A firsthand report from the front lines of an unprecedented social experiment
Interviews: The author of this month's cover story talks about love and the new research that's being produced by Internet matchmaking services

The Checkpoint

For Israeli soldiers checkpoint life is dull, alienating, and stress-inducing. For the Palestinians it is frustrating, humiliating, and anger-provoking. Yet it’s the human face of the occupation—and as close as some Israelis and Palestinians will ever come

The Preacher

Bishop T. D. Jakes wants his flock not only to do good but to do well, and his brand of entrepreneurial spirituality has made him perhaps the most influential black leader in America today

The Right Way

Seven steps toward a last chance in Iraq
Special Report: By Kenneth M. Pollack and the Iraq Policy Working Group of the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution

Civil Rights & Black Identity

Articles by Frederick Douglass, Booker T. Washington, W.E.B. Du Bois, and Martin Luther King Jr., with an introduction by Randall Kennedy.


Demolition Men

Ariel Sharon and Junichiro Koizumi point the way to a centrist resurgence in American politics

Justice Delayed

Why we still don’t have a way to put terrorists on trial

Dangerous Games

The most heated competition in the 2008 Olympics could take place not in a stadium but in the Taiwan Strait

Schools for Scandal

Republicans might—or might not—want to look backward for lessons on handling life under a cloud

Capitalism: The Movie

Why Americans don’t value markets enough—and why that matters

Primary Sources

Keeping tabs on the war on terror; bigger, brainier downtowns; synonyms make you stupid


Another 5001 Nights at the Movies

American Movie Critics: An Anthology From the Silents Until Now, edited by Phillip Lopate

Home Alone

The dark heart of shelter-lit addiction

Mommies Dearest, Part 2

More top literary reasons why it sucks to have chic parents

New Fiction

Becoming Strangers, by Louise Dean

A Close Read

A Field Guide to Getting Lost, by Rebecca Solnit
Interviews: Essayist Rebecca Solnit, the author of A Field Guide to Getting Lost, discusses the art of falling off the map

What’s Left?

A new book by the West’s most influential Marxist shows him to be both “the most profound essayist wielding a pen” and on the wrong side of history


Open for Business

A post-Katrina visit to the restaurants of New Orleans, where eating out has become essential group therapy

Spy’s-eye View

Google Earth and its rival programs offer (civilians) a new way to look at the world

Going Coastal

Away from the heat and bustle of Morocco’s historic cities lie some of the friendliest and most tranquil places in North Africa

Mister Available

Eugene McCarthy (1916–2005)

Who's Who

A selective index to this month's issue


Where the Wild Things Go

A government facility outside of Denver houses more than a million products of the illegal wildlife trade, from tigers and bears to bald eagles.


Adults Need Playtime Too

When was the last time you played your favorite childhood game?


Is Wine Healthy?

James Hamblin prepares to impress his date with knowledge about the health benefits of wine.


The World's Largest Balloon Festival

Nine days, more than 700 balloons, and a whole lot of hot air



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