March 2000 | Volume 285 No. 3
Cover by Seymour Chwast The Kept University

American universities have turned increasingly to corporations for money. All the corporations want in return is unprecedented control over the creation and commercialization of knowledge.

by Eyal Press and Jennifer Washburn

The Soundtracking of America

We are terrorized by music -- in stores and restaurants, in cars and elevators, on the telephone, in the restroom. Give us a break.

by J. Bottum

Notes on the Murder of Thirty of My Neighbors

"Near my house in the 1990s we had drive-by killings, run-by killings, sneak-up killings, gunfights and battles, car chases," the author writes. "We have had so many killings that our own values have been blasted askew." A report from "Our Nation's Neighborhood," on Capitol Hill.

by Jim Myers

Notes & Comment:
What Makes History

Where the Enlightenment encountered reality.
by Robert D. Kaplan

Foreign Affairs:
Uncertain Objects of Desire

In India's newspaper matrimonial columns high-tech careers intersect with the caste system.
by Chitra Divakaruni

Brief Lives:
The Joy of Sexing

It's not easy to tell male and female chicks apart. Hugh Grove has done it millions of times.
by Brian Doyle

Fiction & Poetry

A poem
by Ben Downing

The Third Generation
A short story
by Tova Reich
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The Guest
A poem
by Judith McCune

A drawing
by Guy Billout

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Arts & Leisure

The Edge of the World

The island of Tasmania is the Australia that Australians go to see.
by Jamie James

Resurrecting Fats

Fats Waller's pipe-organ and piano solos, newly transcribed, call attention to his often ignored or belittled genius as a composer.
by Stephen Budiansky

Extreme Stargazing

The goal: spotting 110 specific celestial objects on a single night.
by David H. Freedman


John O'Hara's Protectorate
Revisiting Gibbsville.
by Benjamin and Christina Schwarz

The Future Did Not Work
The Passing of an Illusion, by François Furet; The Black Book of Communism, by Stéphane Courtois, et al.
by J. Arch Getty

Brief Reviews
by Phoebe-Lou Adams

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The March Almanac

The Puzzler
by Emily Cox & Henry Rathvon

Word Improvisation
by J. E. Lighter

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