January 2001 | Volume 287 No. 1|
The New Old Economy: Oil, Computers, and the Reinvention of the Earth|
The New Economy is based on the production of knowledge. The Old Economy is based on natural resources and the production of physical goods. Now the line between them is beginning to blur. A New Old Economy is making productivity surge and ushering in an Age of Plenty.
by Jonathan Rauch
Why McDonald's Fries Taste So Good
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Mysterious, man-made "natural flavor" explains why most fast food -- indeed, most of the food Americans eat -- tastes the way it does.
by Eric Schlosser
Web only: Unhappy Meals
In an Atlantic Unbound interview, Eric Schlosser talks about his new book, Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal.
The Indoctrinologists Are Coming
Health-care activists increasingly lay the blame for disparities in treatment -- and even for illness itself -- on racism, sexism, and other forms of bias. That argument, the author contends, is demonstrably wrong and decidedly dangerous.
by Sally Satel
Notes & Comment:
Reading by Ear
Some combinations of voice and word are impossible to forget.
by James Fallows
The Scholars and the Goddess
Devotees of Wicca have laid claim to an ancient heritage. Historians now believe that not a single element of the Wiccan story is true.
by Charlotte Allen
Flushing Out the Shlaki
Everyone knows about the woeful health-care system in the former Soviet Union. Our correspondent, in Ukraine, suddenly needed a doctor.
by Jeffrey Tayler
My Mother's Dresses
by Kate Bolick
Humor, Fiction, & Poetry
In the Open
by W. S. Merwin
The Bindi Mirror
by Greg Delanty
A Diller, a Dollar
A short story
by Trudy Lewis
by Guy Billout
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Arts & Leisure
Province of the Past
A sojourn in France's département of the Lot.
by Peter Davison
I Hear America Scatting
Ken Burns's documentary Jazz is enjoyable television, but in taking on the entire history of jazz Burns doomed himself to incompleteness and superficiality.
by Francis Davis
Web only: Jazz in The Atlantic Monthly
A collection of Atlantic articles on jazz from 1922 to the present.
"The Worst Thing About My Church"
Constantine's Sword: The Church and the Jews, by James Carroll
by Charles R. Morris
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The January Almanac
At Last Count
by Carl Thor Dahlman
by Emily Cox & Henry Rathvon
by Barbara Wallraff
|Coming next month: Word Fugitives|
Barbara Wallraff's acclaimed Atlantic Unbound column is coming back -- in print! Look for it in the February, 2001, issue of The Atlantic. Meanwhile, there's no need to wait to send us your fugitive words... [read more].
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