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America's Search for a New Public Philosophy

We have come to believe that government should not affirm any particular conception of the good life. Rather, it should provide a neutral framework of rights within which people can choose their own values and ends. This, the author argues, is an impoverished--and relatively recent--conception of American democracy, and it underlies many of our social and economic ills.

by Michael J. Sandel

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Adventures in Liposuction

Liposuction is one of the most commonly performed kinds of cosmetic surgery in the United States. Herewith a report on the world of its practitioners, a place where vanity, money, and contentious issues of medicine all intersect.

by Judith Gingold

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Notes & Comment: Hello, Darkness
Americans are getting less and less sleep. What lies behind this phenomenon?
by Cullen Murphy

Foreign Affairs: A Bazaari's World
The Ayatollah Khomeini's former driver, now the ruthless head of Iran's largest holding company, represents a new breed of Middle Eastern power broker.
by Robert D. Kaplan

The Law: Thoughts on the Second Amendment
At the heart of the gun-control debate lies this question: Is the "right to bear arms" an individual right or a collective right?
by Wendy Kaminer

Personal File: No Phone, No Pool, No Pets
The fine art of living out of your van.
by Ian Frazier

Fiction & Poetry

A poem
by Henri Cole

Two Poems
by Rodney Jones

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Arts & Leisure

Travel: In Full Bloom
How to gain access to 3,500 of the finest private gardens in England and Wales.
by Hatsy Shields

Music: For Everyman, by Everyman
Sorting out the ingredients that went into the making of Irving Berlin and his songs.
by David Schiff

(Seahorse) Computers: The Java Theory
Will the Internet take over functions now performed by personal computers?
by James Fallows


(Seahorse) Wages Matter Most
They Only Look Dead: Why Progressives Will Dominate the Next Political Era, by E. J. Dionne Jr.
by Jack Beatty

(Seahorse) Vargas Llosa Returns to His Peaks
Death in the Andes, by Mario Vargas Llosa
by Steven G. Kellman

(Seahorse) Brief Reviews
by Phoebe-Lou Adams

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Word Court
by Barbara Wallraff

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