Table of Contents

Reports & Comment

8

WASHINGTON

PROGRAMS WORTH SAVING

THOMAS F. EAGLETON

Reports & Comment

19

THE MIDDLE EAST

THE CURSE OF OIL WEALTH

DANIEL PIPES

27

OUR REAL INTERESTS IN CENTRAL AMERICA

Should we care what happens in El Salvador? Yes, but not for the reasons the administration has offered so far

ROBERT A. PASTOR

40

THE RETREAT

A short story

BOBBIE ANN MASON

45

THE ART OF LOVE

A poem

RONALD WALLACE

47

THE NUCLEAR DEBATE

I. RUSSIAN AND AMERICAN INTENTIONS

FRED KAPLAN

II. RUSSIAN AND AMERICAN CAPABILITIES

JEROME B. WIESNER

54

YOUNG POETS

ON THE FAILURE OF ALL LOVE POEMS

JEFFREY SKINNER

BULL SLAUGHTER

JAMES McKEAN

INSIDE THE GUN FACTORY

EDWARD C. LYNSKEY

AUGUST PHILOSOPHERS

JANE FLANDERS

THE BENLLECH TRIALS

GEORGE B. MOORE

COLLECTS

THOMAS SIMMONS

56

LORD WEARY

Robert Lowell in Cambridge

JAMES ATLAS

65

FIRST ENCOUNTERS

Lenin and Trotsky

EDWARD SOREL

NANCY CALDWELL SOREL

67

SOME IN THEIR BODY’S FORCE

A short story

NICHOLAS DELBANCO

75

ON THE PORCH

A poem

DONALD JUSTICE

83

COME TO MY SPA

How to combat frown lines and flab

ROBERT M. STROZIER

84

TOYS/LIVING WITH A COMPUTER

Just for the fun of it

JAMES FALLOWS

92

BOOKS/THE PURSUIT OF CELEBRITY

Jean Stein’s Edie: An American Biography

JAMES ATLAS

94

SHORT REVIEWS

PHOEBE-LOU ADAMS

4

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

100

THE ATLANTIC PUZZLER

EMILY COX

HENRY RATHVON