JANUARY 1999 | Volume 283 No. 1|
What Is the Koran?
Most Muslims believe it to be the literal and unchanging Word of God. But
Islam's holiest text has become the subject of new historical scrutiny, a
process calling to mind the revolutionary critique of the Bible that began in
the nineteenth century. It has been a theologically and politically delicate
endeavor -- though in the minds of some critics not delicate enough.
by Toby Lester
The Liquid Earth
If asked to name America's deadliest and costliest form of natural disaster,
many people would come up last with the disaster that should come up first: the
by Brenda Bell
When Evil Is "Cool"
In both the commercial milieu of popular culture and the serious precincts of
higher criticism, the author warns, we must guard against the tendency to see
evil as mere "transgression," or even as a kind of greatness.
by Roger Shattuck
Notes & Comment: Technology Versus African-Americans
From the era of slavery through the computer age, the author argues, the story for America's black community has been "one negative encounter after another."
by Anthony Walton
Foreign Affairs: Dead Souls
The health of the Russian people is far worse than outsiders have realized.
by Murray Feshbach
Americana: Going All Out for Chinese
In the vast Sino-suburbia of California's San Gabriel Valley are restaurants that offer the best Chinese food outside China.
by Benjamin and Christina Schwarz
Humor, Fiction, & Poetry
A poetry anthology
by Dana Stevens, Susan Donnelly, and Mary Jo Salter
Plea for Forgiveness
by Rodney Jones
The Next Best Kiss
A short story
by Carol Shields
Web-Only: A Likely Story
An Atlantic Unbound interview with Carol Shields.
"He Would Never Use One Word Where None Would Do"
by Philip Levine
by Guy Billout
Arts & Leisure
Travel: Senses of Place
Eight Atlantic contributors evoke
some favorite places associated with special books and writers.
A Cataclysm of Thought
Einstein's Miraculous Year: Five Papers That Changed the Face of Physics, edited by John Stachel
by Alan Lightman
Lost in Post-Reality
Life the Movie: How Entertainment Conquered Reality, by Neal
by Nicholas Lemann
by Phoebe-Lou Adams
77 North Washington Street
(Send a letter to the
The January Almanac
by Emily Cox & Henry Rathvon
by Barbara Wallraff
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