January 1958

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  • Afghanistan

  • London

  • Race and the Schools: A Crisis North and South

    In her speaking and writing, in her leslimony before congressional committees, and in her unflagging zeal for the improvement of the American community, AGNES E. MEYER has come to be recognized as a forthright and trusted authority on our public schools. The idealism which fires this article of hers will be found in two of her recent books, her autobiography, OUT OF THESE ROOTS,and her searching philosophical essay, EDUCATION FOR A NEW MORALITY.

  • The Honeymoon

    For the last several years BETTY ANDREWS BLUNT has been, as she says, “hanging on a but clausethat phrase in an editorial letter that likes your work but . . .”Mrs. Blunt, a Nebraskan who spent her girlhood in Lincoln, is now married to Jerry Blunt, chairman of the Theatre Arts Department at Los Angeles City College.

  • A Little Book of Hours

  • Wanted: A National Science Policy

    A scientific administrator who was trained as an electrical engineer and who is today president of Associated Universities, Inc., LLOYD V. BERKNERserved from 1941 to 1945 in the Navy’s Bureau of Aeronautics first as head of the radar section and then as director of the electronics matériel branch. A consultant to the Secretary of State in 1949, Mr. Berkner is the author of SCIENCE AND FOREIGN RELATIONS, a guide to State Department scientific activities.

  • The Scientist in the u.s.s.r

    An American of Russian origin and one of this country’s acknowledged authorities on Soviet science, JOHN TURKEVICHis professor of chemistry at Princeton University. His knowledge of Russian has enabled him to keep abreast of the latest Soviet scientific developments and to correspond with Russian scientists.

  • Love Affair

    A New Zealander now in his early thirties, IAN CROSS had seen service as a journalist before coming to Harvard as an associate Nieman Fellow in 1954. During this year of study and refreshment he found time to write his first novel, THE GOD BOY, published last autumn by Harcourt, Brace. This is his first story to appear in print.

  • The Isolation of the American Artist

    First, last, and always a poet, ARCHIBALD MACLEISH has been for varying periods a lawyer in Boston, an editor of FORTUNE magazine, the Librarian of Congress, Assistant Secretary of Stale, and one of the first Americans to serve in UNESCO. He is today the Boylston Professor of English and Rhetoric at Harvard, and through his lecturing here and abroad he has become uncomfortably aware of the status of the American artist.

  • Melchior Vulpius

  • Berlin

  • Escape to America: The Hungarians One Year Later

    IDA BOBULA, who took her degrees at Budapest and Vienna, was the first woman to hold administrative rank in the Royal Hungarian Ministry of Public Instruction and was the first to teach history in a Hungarian university. In 1947 she was forced into exile and took refuge in the United States, where she is today librarian of the American-Hungarian Historical Society. She has been closely in touch with the Hungarian refugees from the day of their arrival.

  • The Years With Ross

    So quickly did Harold Ross bring the NEW YORKER to maturity that few can recall today the confusion and naïveté of its first two years. In this third part of his series, JAMES THURBER digs into an old office folder and shows how subcollegiate jokes and frivolity gave way before the varied talents with which the editor was soon surrounding himself.

  • Advertising Is Not a Plot: A Reply to Vance Packard

    A recognized leader in his field and well qualified to speak for responsible advertising executives, FAIRFAX M. CONE graduated from the University of California in 1925, He served on the staff of the San Francisco EXAMINER and in various advertising agencies in New York before settling in Chicago, where in 1942 he organized the firm of Foote, Cone & Belding.

  • The Peripatetic Reviewer

  • Reader's Choice

  • Accent on Living

  • The Ultimate Toy

    WILLIAM K. GOOLRICK, JR., spent most of his six years in the Army on General Patton’s staff. A Virginian by birth and a graduate of the Virginia Military Institute, he is now on the staff of LIFE in New York.

  • The Man in the Aisle Seat

  • Space Travel and I

    CARL ROSE has been illustrating the ATLANTIC’S Accent on Living pages for over thirteen years. His article “Save Our Symbols!" appeared here a year ago.

  • Relaxation

  • May I Trouble You for Your Slide Rule?

    A. C. GREENE lives in Texas and was formerly a bookstore owner and teacher of journalism. At present he is on the staff of the Abilene REPORTER-NEWS.

  • Record Reviews

  • Writer Versus Reader

    PEG BRACKEN is the pseudonym of Mrs. Roderick Lull of Portland, Oregon. Her verse, articles, and stories have appeared in many magazines.

  • England by Canoe

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