Postwar urban and suburban development in the United States can be summed up as follows: Almost everywhere laws have prohibited the building of the kinds of places in which human beings have traditionally felt good and can afford to live. We know enough now, the author writes, to begin designing our way out of this situation -- and some architects and planners are trying to do so.
by James Howard Kunstler
Fort Leavenworth and the Eclipse of Nationhood
Fort Leavenworth, in Kansas, has for more than a century been the place where the Army has prepared its most promising commanders to "fight the next war." Today, when military intellectuals at Fort Leavenworth ponder America's future -- as much through the reading of ancient history as through the analysis of computerized scenarios -- they are profoundly unsettled by what they see.
by Robert D. Kaplan
Notes & Comment: The E Word
Why euphemisms warrant a statistical index all their own.
by Cullen Murphy
Politics: In the Land of Conservative Women
They are skeptical of government and yet active in politics. They defy easy stereotyping. However the Republicans fare nationally come November, the influx of women into the Republican leadership at all levels will increasingly shape the party's dynamics.
by Elinor Burkett
Web-Only Sidebar: A Conversation With Pat Schroeder
The Congresswoman from Colorado responds.
Fiction & Poetry
A short story
by Hanif Kureishi
by Linda Pastan
Central and Main
by Christopher Jane Corkery
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Arts & Leisure
Travel: Vessel of Last Resort
Travel on the Congo, the greatest of all sub-Saharan Africa's rivers, has never been easy, and it is now more difficult than ever. The author reports on a 1,100-mile journey through some of the steamiest, most disease-ridden terrain on earth.
by Jeffrey Tayler
Web-Only Sidebar: Through Western Eyes
From the writings of Henry Morton Stanley and Joseph Conrad.
Theater: Victim Kitsch
The rock opera Rent has won a Pulitzer Prize, the Tony Award for best musical, and nearly unanimous critical acclaim. Its success, the author believes, represents the most pervasive case of wishful thinking in years.
by Francis Davis
Web-Only Sidebar: Renaissance or Wishful Thinking?
Selections from the music of Rent and links to reviews.
Food: Molten Gold
A guide to the beehive's sweet spoils.
by Corby Kummer
A Magisterial History
Grand Expectations: The United States,
1945 - 1974, by James T. Patterson
by Jack Beatty
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