October 1959

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  • Reader's Choice

  • London

  • Spain

  • Hungary

  • The Porcupines in the Artichokes

    Macaulay once said: “I hate the notion of gregarious authors. The less we have to do with each other, the better.” JAMES THURBER, in his most humorous vein, here testifies to the correctness of Macaulay’s statement as he demonstrates what happens when authors get together. Mr. Thurber is the author of the runaway best seller, THE YEARS WITH ROSS, recently published by Atlantic—Little, Brown.

  • The Morals of Extermination

    Philosopher, author, authority on city planning, and an outspoken American, LEWIS MUMFORD reminds us of the destruction which daily threatens mankind if the fateful experiments with nuclear weapons continue uncontrolled. In this period of direct negotiation with Khrushchev, it is imperative for both sides to remember the grim alternatives.

  • The Atlantic Report on the World Today: Washington

  • Established Lovers

  • To a Young Actor

    Motion-picture producer and writer, DORE SCHARY began his career in the entertainment field as an actor with a stock company in Cincinnati, and white working in bit parts perfected his skill at writing plays and producing them. Since BOYS TOWN, which won an Academy Award in 1938, he has had many successes, the most recent of which was SUNRISE AT CAMPOBELLO. This article developed out of a talk given at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.

  • Fellow Feeling

  • India's Masses: The Public That Can't Be Reached

    There have been many signs of progress in India since independence was gained in 1950, but a serious barrier to democracy in this country of 500,000 villages is the lack of effective means of communication between the government and the masses. As a correspondent for CBS, AUTHUR BONNER has lived in India for more than five years.

  • Twilight of a God

    English novelist GEOFFREY HOUSEHOLD came to the ATLANTIC with his first story, “The Salvation of Pisco Gabar.” A born linguist who graduated from Magdalen College, Oxford, he worked as a bank clerk in Rumania, sold bananas in France and in Spain, was a British security officer in the Middle East during World War II, and finally settled down to write. All this is told with humor in his autobiography, AGAINST THE WIND,which was published by Atlantic-Little. Brown early this year.

  • Outlook, Uncertain

  • Soviet Trade Relations: Exploitation, Not Aid

    A native of Greenville, Mississippi, who was educated at Yale, DAVID L. COHN is an author, world traveler, and economist, and one of the shrewdest political observers in Washington today. His books include an authoritative study of Southern economics, THE LIFE AND TIMES OF KING COTTON, and a study of the Negro in the South, WHERE I WAS BORN AND RAISED.

  • Pa and the Sad Turkeys

    The son of a Greek Orthodox minister, HARRY MARK PETRAKIS held a variety of jobs as steelworker, real-estate salesman, and speech writer before he broke into print in the ATLANTIC with his first story in 1957. Since then he has received a Benjamin Franklin Magazine Citation and an Atlantic “First” Award, and his novel, LION AT MY HEART, a strong and compassionate view of Greek-American life, was published under the Atlantic-Little, Brown imprint.

  • Calendar of Important European Events for October and Novemrer

  • Radio Is Worth Saving

    Instead of choking itself to death with disc jockeys’ commercials, radio could still find a large and profitable audience. Some of its resources, WILLIAM O’HALLAREN contends from long broadcasting experience in Los Angeles, continue to be superior to those of television.

  • The Icehouse

  • The Change in Soviet Schooling

    The Soviet educational system, which in 1958 produced twice as many engineers as did the United States’s, is now undergoing a complete revision, as directed by Premier Khrushchev. For an account of this reorganization we have turned to ERNEST J. SIMMONS, an authority on Russian writers and a frequent visitor to the U.S.S.R.

  • The Town Dump

    Professor of English and director of the Creative Writing Center at Stanford ,Wallace Slegner is widely known for his novels and short stories and for his encouragement to young authors. He has twice been a recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship, and three of his short stories hare been awarded O. Henry prizes. He heve recalls an unforgettable aspect of Saskatchewan, where he spent five years of his childhood in a small frontier town.

  • Accent on Living

  • How to Avoid Lightning

  • Here's a Tip

  • The Swallowed Man

  • Diet Hints

  • Weightlessness?

  • Record Reviews

  • The New Hampshire North Country

  • Gertrude Stein in America

    Poet, teacher, editor, and literary critic, JOHN MALCOLM BRINNIN was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and educated at the University of Michigan and at Harvard. His most recent book, DYLAN THOMAS IN AMERICA, was published under the Atlantic—Little, Brown imprint in 1955. This is the second excerpt from his forthcoming book, THE THIRD ROSE, a fullscale biography of Gertrude Stein, her life, her writings, her associates, and the cultural movements of which she was a part.

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