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Ka-Platz: The Delight in the Unexpected
One of this country's most popular cartoonists, WALT KELLY has attracted more than fifty million readers in the United States and abroad with his POGO comic strip. Mr. Kelly is a student of languages, and he here tells us how to interest children in words by means of sound and the colorful use of the unexpected.
The Neurotic's Notebook
A Poet's View of Childhood
ALASTAIR REID is a poet of humor as well as sensitivity who lived in Scotland until he went to sea during the war. Since that time he has traveled extensively in Europe and in the United States. He is the author of five books for children and two volumes of poetry. A new book of his poetry and prose will appear in the fall.
In the South These Children Prophesy
How do the pressures of desegregation affect schoolchildren? DR. ROBERT COLES, a child psychiatrist now living in Vinings, Georgia, has spent two years getting to know Southern children, their parents, and teachers during the initial desegregation of schools in the Deep South. He has talked with both white and Negro children of different ages, backgrounds, and opinions. His study has been sponsored by the Southern Regional Council in Atlanta.
Little Leaguers Have Big Problems--Their Parents
Since its inception in 1939, Little League baseball has burgeoned into a highly organized program boasting more than 5800 teams. Its effect upon today’s youngsters is here told by JIM BROSNAN, the Cincinnati pitcher who is known not only for his great throwing arm but also for his best-selling books, THE LONG SEASON and PENNANT RACE.
To a Child at the Piano
Notes From a Maternity Ward
A social scientist who teaches government at Harvard, SUSANNE HOEBER RUDOLPHis in India, where she and her husband are studying the relationship between the caste system and the political order in one of the Indian states. She wrote this article after coming home from the hospital with her first baby.
You Can't Pet a Chicken
Born in 1912 in Oakland,California,SIDNEY PETERSON has had an unorthodox career. Among other things, he has been a draftsman for a naval architect, founder of a film company m Seattle, a television director and writer, and a writer of cartoon scenarios for United Productions of America and Walt Disney. His UPA scripts include THE INVISIBLE MOUSTACHE OF RAOUL DUFY and THE MERRY-GO-ROUND IN THE JUNGLE. The latter is regarded by people in the industry as a masterpiece. He is the author of A FLY IN THE PIGMENT, published in 1961 by Angel Island Publications.
Dotty Dimple and the Fiction Award
Novelist and poet who was formerly a member of the ATLANTIC staff, MARTHA BACON, like her father, Leonard Bacon, the poet, is most at home in Peace Dale, Rhode Island. Her new novel, A MASQUE OF EXILE,has recently been published by Clarkson Potter.
Expense Account Luncheon
My Short, Happy Life in the Theater
MARY ROSE BRADFORD currently is living in Houston, Texas. This is her first appearance in Accent on Living.
Where Oh Where Has My Little Bear Gone?
A lament for the New York TIMES, which reported not long ago that New York state hunters had failed to produce their average number of bearskins during the preceding twelve months.
The Sound of a Diesel
R. P. LISTER is an English free lance whose poetry and light articles appear frequently in the ATLANTIC.
The Fiesta of Pamplona
Hi-Fi From the Germans
The Peripatetic Reviewer
Letters to and From the Editor
The Gullibility of the Neutrals
“Neutralism,” says OSCAR HANDLIN, “ is often described as a policy of nonalignment adhered to by the new Afro-Asian nations which desire peace in order to further their own interests.” The inaccuracy of this description, the development of the original concept of neutrality, and the disastrous form it has now taken are pointed up in the following article by Mr. Handlin, an eminent member of the faculty of Harvard and director of its Center for the Study of the History of Liberty in America.
Father and Son
British novelist and satirist, EVELYN WAUGHin 1928 embarked on the writing of those mordant and hilarious novels, DECLINE AND FALL, VILE BODIES, and BLACK MISCHIEF, which established him as a brilliant critic of British society. His novel BRIDESHEAD REVISITED,written in 1945, when he returned from war service, added new power to his work. In the following piece we see Mr. Waugh in an unusual mood of family reminiscence.
The Right Thing
Canyonlands: A New National Park?
PAUL BROOKS, who is editor in chief of Houghton Mifflin Company, last appeared in these pages with an account of a trip to Mount McKinley Park and the Alaskan tundra. He is presently bringing together the experiences that he and his wife hare enjoyed in our “roadless areas” for a book to be published next year.
The Writer as Moralist
Novelist, teacher, and critic, SAUL BELLOWis the author of THE ADVENTURES OF AUGIE MARCH,which received the National Book Award as “the most distinguished work of fiction published in 1953.” Since that time Mr. Bellow has held teaching positions at several universities, has had two more books published, and is now finishing his new novel, HERZOG, which will appear later this year under theViking imprint.
The Atlantic Report on the World Today: Washington
A Runner Through the Mist
“ I have lived in varying degrees of rage, love, and horror in Chicago all my life,” writes JAMES McCORMICK, “ except for a large chunk of time during World War II.” In recent years he has traveled in Sweden, Germany, and Ireland, and is now on the staff of CHICAGO’S AMERICAN.
At First Flower of the Easy Day
The Crisis in Research
The expenditure of federal funds for scientific research and development has had an enormous impact on government projects, on private industry, and on our economy. For an elucidation of the issues involved in our accelerated scientific program, we turn to JAMES R. KILLIAN, JR., former president of chairman of the President’s Science Advisory Committee from 1957 to 1959, and currently chairman of the corporation of M.I.T.
A Rough Map of Greece: Kos
A Connecticut Yankee who graduated from Radcliffe and who has well served the ATLANTIC as an editor and reviewer, PHOEBE-LOU ADAMS last spring made a one woman exploration of the Greek mainland and the islands. This is the second article to result from her travels, and there will be more to come.
Winter in Bucks County
Author, and disciple of Henry Thoreau, WALTER TELLER has done most of his writing about the sea, his bestknown book being THE VOYAGES OF JOSHUA SLOCUM. He lives in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, the setting for his new volume, published by Atheneum, AREA CODE 215: A PRIVATE LINE IN BUCKS COUNTY,from which, these engaging passages have been drawn.
The Dog Census
A political scientist and professional librarian, CHARLES A. GOODRUMdid his undergraduate work in Kansas and at Princeton and received his graduate degree from Columbia. For the past thirteen years he has been with the Legislative Reference Service of the Library of Congress, He here recalls his earliest experience as a civil servant, when dogs rather than the public were his first concern.
Male and Female
At what age do children show marked sex differences in their reactions, their interests. and their attitudes? And to what degree are children influenced by the thinking of their parents? EVELYN GOODENOUGH PITCHER took her graduate degrees from Yale and was director of preschool services at the Gesell Institute of Child Development for eight years before coming to Tufts University in 1959 as director of its Eliot-Pearson School. The results of her recent studies will be published by International Universities Press in her forthcoming book CHILDREN TELL STORIES: AN ANALYSIS OF FANTASY.
Mr. Twombley's Ultimate Triumph
The Children of Divorce
A psychiatrist at the University Health Services at Harvard and Radcliffe, DR. GRAHAM B. BLAINE, JR., is also an assistant psychiatrist at the Children’s Hospital in Boston and the father of three daughters. His most recent book, PATIENCE AND FORTITUDE: THE PARENT’S GUIDE TO ADOLESCENCE, was published last summer under the Atlantic-Little, Brown imprint.