July 2000 | Volume 286 No. 1

An Acquired Taste

Once, Al Gore was a nice young man and an ineffective campaigner. Today he is America's most lethally effective practitioner of high-stakes political debate -- a combatant who will do whatever it takes to win, and who wins ugly. Our correspondent looks at the making of Gore as the killer debater of American politics.

by James Fallows

Breaking the Global-Warming Gridlock

The debate between those who advocate action to reduce global warming and those who oppose it is both irresolvable and pointless. It's time, the authors maintain, to stop arguing about the atmosphere and to start learning how to adapt to the weather.

by Daniel Sarewitz and Roger Pielke Jr.

Notes & Comment:

When history doesn't happen.
by Cullen Murphy

From the Leash to the Laboratory

Stolen pets for sale.
by Judith Reitman

Personal File:

At auction, the contents of abandoned safe-deposit boxes.
by Richard Rubin

Humor, Fiction, & Poetry

seahorse picture Laser Palmistry: The Early Days
A poem
by Sarah Lindsay

A Little Herbal Primer
by Cathy Smith Bowers

Fish Heads
A short story
by Sandro Meallet

A Little Bit About the Soul
A poem
by Wislawa Szymborska
translated by Joanna Trzeciak

Slow Motion
A drawing
by Guy Billout

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Arts & Leisure

A Mythic South Pacific

Tanna is the kind of island you may think never really existed.
by J. Maarten Troost

The World Streaming In

New software lets you tune your dial to anywhere.
by Bill McKibben

As American as Cricket

It isn't the national pastime yet, but immigration has brought the game decisively to our shores.
by Rob Nixon

Literary Lives:
The Jaguar and the Fox

The divergent fates of Murray Gell-Mann and Richard Feynman.
by George Johnson


The Last Great Critic
Lionel Trilling and the Critics: Opposing Selves, edited by John Rodden
by Nathan Glick

Fascism's Secretary of State
Mussolini's Shadow: The Double Life of Count Galeazzo Ciano, by Ray Mosely
by Francis X. Rocca

Scientific Fiction
Plowing the Dark, by Richard Powers
by Adam Kirsch

Brief Reviews
by Phoebe-Lou Adams

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