The Search for a No-Frills
A group of scholars looking for the "real" Jesus -- the human figure divested of theological raiment -- believe that they have found him in Q, a primitive text whose very existence, let alone content, remains a matter of speculation. Who is the Jesus they discover? And do their investigations represent a painstaking breakthrough or a case of ingenious folly?
by Charlotte Allen
My Grandfather's Last Tale
You may never have heard of the composer Ernst Toch, but you have doubtless heard his music in any of dozens of old movies. His grandson's solicitude for Toch's serious work -- in particular a never-performed opera -- sets in motion a sometimes picaresque pursuit of the composer through the broad avenues and dark alleys of twentieth-century musicology.
by Lawrence Weschler
Web-Only: Toch Unbound A multimedia sidebar offering the music and writings of Ernst Toch, along with links to archival resources.
Notes & Comment: A Few Loose Ends
Had enough of the universe's unfathomable complexities?
by Cullen Murphy
The Military: The Great Society in Camouflage
Accountability, diversity, sobriety, hierarchy -- all this and a sturdy safety net, too, have put the U.S. Army on a different road from the rest of America.
by Thomas E. Ricks
Web-Only: Sex in Camouflage A conversation with Thomas E. Ricks about sexual harassment and discipline in the Army.
Personal File: Magic Time
A big part of the experience of dying of cancer, the author has learned, comes down to etiquette.
by Michael Davitt Bell
Fiction & Poetry
by William Matthews
The Greatest Show on Earth
A short story
by Sheila Gordon
by Linda Bierds
by Marie Howe
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Arts & Leisure
Travel: On France's Blessed South Coast
For all the laments one hears that the Côte d'Azur has been "spoiled," it remains an immensely successful combination of nature and nurture.
by Hans Koning
Food: Currant Affairs
The versatile black currant may do yeoman service in preserves and glazes, but it achieves true nobility in cassis, a liqueur that has won new attention from artisan producers.
by Corby Kummer
Elegant Variation and All That
The New Fowler's Modern English Usage, edited by R. W. Burchfield
by Jesse Sheidlower
Recollected Words of Abraham Lincoln, compiled and edited by Don E. Fehrenbacher and Virginia Fehrenbacher
by James M. McPherson
by Phoebe-Lou Adams
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