FEBRUARY 1999 | Volume 283 No. 2|
A New Germ Theory
A prominent evolutionary biologist, whose views on how pathogens become
virulent have won wide attention, now argues that many of the chronic
"noninfectious" diseases of our time -- including common forms of heart disease,
cancer, and mental illness -- will turn out to be caused by infection. Behind his
radical thinking lie the dictates of evolution.
by Judith Hooper
Tibet Through Chinese Eyes
The truth about Tibet is not simple. Chinese repression is real -- but even if
repression did not exist, Tibet's culture would be threatened by economic
forces that neither the Tibetans nor the Chinese can fully control.
by Peter Hessler
Who Owns Intelligence?
The researcher who pioneered the concept of "multiple intelligences" considers
the issues that lie ahead: how those intelligences will be tested, and what -- if
anything -- they have to do with creativity or values.
by Howard Gardner
Notes & Comment: The Penumbra of Pedigree
After a half
century's absence, the fabled Almanach de Gotha -- Europe's official
record of noble bloodlines -- is again being published.
by Geoffrey Wheatcroft
Foreign Affairs: Exiled Beyond
A taste of life in rural Ozyory makes Moscow seem like
by Jeffrey Tayler
Fiction, & Poetry
by Rodney Jones
The Man With the Lapdog
A short story
by Beth Lordan
Web-Only: An Odd Thing About Small Towns
An Atlantic Unbound interview with Beth Lordan.
by W. S. Merwin
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Arts & Leisure
Travel: A Mecca for Modernists
Its reputation for quaintness
notwithstanding, the Netherlands has been a showcase for architecture's
avant-garde throughout the twentieth century.
by Francine Russo
Music: Black and White Intertwined
A new book dispels the widely held notion that white musicians made no significant contribution to the development of jazz.
by William H. Youngren
This Hawaii Is Not for Tourists
Heads by Harry, by Lois-Ann Yamanaka
by Jamie James
Gotham: A History of New York City to 1898, by Edwin G.
Burrows and Mike Wallace
by Timothy J. Gilfoyle
Explaining Hitler: The Search for the Origins of His
Evil, by Ron Rosenbaum; Hitler: Diagnosis of a Destructive
Prophet, by Fritz Redlich, M.D.
by Lawrence L. Langer
by Phoebe-Lou Adams
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by Emily Cox & Henry Rathvon
by J. E. Lighter
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