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Will America Grow Up Before It Grows Old?
We all know that the aging of the Baby Boom generation will have a profound impact on Social Security and Medicare. Not fully recognized, the author argues, is just how devastating the impact will be. Indeed, he writes, the present entitlement regime simply cannot be sustained. We are heading for a major crisis for which our society is unprepared, and only drastic changes made now can enable us to avert the crisis humanely.
by Peter G. Peterson
The Nitrous Oxide Philosopher
William James was an ardent believer in the value of religious experience--of which he himself remained for the most part emotionally incapable. The exceptional moments came when he experimented with drugs. These episodes open a window onto James's thinking--and onto our own world.
by Dmitri Tymoczko
Notes & Comment: Backlogs of History
On a national scale as in our personal lives, a vexing question remains unresolved: How much stuff should we save?
by Cullen Murphy
Foreign Affairs: Blowback
In a perverse twist, the "freedom fighters" trained by the United States in Afghanistan in the 1980s have turned out to be the fount of international terrorism in the 1990s.
by Mary Anne Weaver
Personal File: Someplace Like Home
Inside a house made famous by Edward Hopper.
by Paul Bochner
Politics: The Protean President
Bill Clinton was elected as a Democrat. Will he be re-elected as a Republican?
by Thomas Byrne Edsall
Fiction & Poetry
I Don't Talk Service No More
A short story
by Charles Portis
by Thom Ward
A poetry anthology
by James Reiss, Erin Belieu, Donald Hall, Stanley Plumly, and Debra Pennington
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Arts & Leisure
Travel: In Tune With Ireland
Wexford's opera festival.
by Geoffrey Wheatcroft
Music: Finished Symphonies
Muzio Clementi was once more famous than Mozart. His under-known music deserves attention.
by William H. Youngren
The Idea of Disorder at Key West
The fiction of south Florida, from Hemingway on.
by Phyllis Rose
What Election '96 Should Be About
Fat and Mean: The Corporate Squeeze of Working Americans and the Myth of Managerial "Downsizing," by David M. Gordon
by Jack Beatty
by Phoebe-Lou Adams
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