A Special Moment in History
The dangers of overpopulation, the dangers of climate change, the dangers of pollution -- we've been hearing about all these dangers for years, and yet doomsday still hasn't come. But what if we have already inflicted serious damage on the planet? And what if we have only a few decades left in which to salvage a stable environment? These questions, the author argues, are not hypothetical.
by Bill McKibben
Photography in the Age of Falsification
Some of the photographs one sees these days defy belief -- as well they might. Digital technology has brought an unprecedented ability to manipulate photographic images, and brought new bitterness and clarity to an old debate.
by Kenneth Brower
Notes & Comment: The Oasis of Memory
As modern society revives nomadic folkways, some thought should be given to reviving an ancient skill.
by Cullen Murphy
Education: The Case Against Bilingual Education
Research confirms what America's immigrants have been trying to tell us: teaching children in languages other than English does little to help them learn English or anything else.
by Rosalie Pedalino Porter
Medicine: Listening to St. John's Wort
A doctor reflects on the uncertain promise and undeniable allure of the latest herbal wonder.
by Edison Miyawaki
Humor, Fiction, & Poetry
by R. T. Smith
Licks of Love in the Heart of the Cold War
A short story
by John Updike
by Debra Bruce
by Guy Billout
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Arts & Leisure
Travel: New England Places
We asked eight Atlantic contributors to tell us about their favorite parts of the region that the magazine has always called home. The replies were all over the map.
by Robert D. Kaplan, Francis Davis, Corby Kummer, Nicholas Lemann, Phoebe-Lou Adams, Barbara Wallraff, Peter Davison, and Cullen Murphy
Music: Saint Ursula
The pianist Ursula Oppens is both muse and patron to the country's most innovative composers.
by Michael Ullman
Faubus: The Life and Times of an American Prodigal, by Roy Reed
by Benjamin Schwarz
A Fictional Portrait of John Brown
Cloudsplitter, by Russell Banks
by James M. McPherson
by Phoebe-Lou Adams
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