In This Issue
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Reader's Choice: Flannery O'Connor
At Ten Tenths of Capacity..
KEN PURDY After years of following motor racing all over the world, Ken Purdy undertook to find out what attracts drivers and spectators. “As long as this excitement is to be found,”he concludes, “men will drive, and other men, jealous of them but settling for second best, will watch.”
Contrasts in Europe
Laurence Pomeroy has spent most of his life in road testing and enjoying virtually every make of automobile. Russell Brockbank, who illustrates this article, shows him giving some friends a ride in his 1914 Prince Henry Vauxhall, which is still to be seen on British streets after fifty years of use.
Wheels Around the World
James Egan, a New York advertising man who has written for the Atlantic’s Pleasures and Places pages, returned recently with his wife from a leisurely trip around the world. The Egans live in Westport, Connecticut, and have just come home from a stay in the French West Indies.
How Good Are American Cars?
John R. Bond spent twenty-two years in the automobile industry before he became publisher of the well-known motoring magazine ROAD AND TRACK. He owns and drives many European and American cars, and is an authority on engineering and design as well as many aspects of motoring.
The Worst Drivers
There's a Freud in Your Future
The Next Step Forward Is Back
A regular contributor to PUNCH of light articles and literary criticism, R. G. G. PRICElives in Sussex and writes for the ATLANTIC on a variety of subjects.
The Neurotic's Notebook
Down With Michelin!
Bloch: Baal Shem — Three Pictures of Chassidie Life; Sonata No. 1 for Violin and Piano
The Peripatetic Reviewer
Secrets of the Swiss Banks
For people with tax problems, Swiss banks have always been an attractive solution, and it is no secret that many film stars, prosperous businessmen, and political potentates use the Swiss “numbered accounts” in order to protect their financial resources from tax collectors, fiscal catastrophe, and the shifting winds of political favoritism. T. R. Fehrenbach, whose book on the Swiss banks will be published in the fall by McGraw-Hill, is a lieutenant colonel in the Civil Affairs branch of the USAR. His history of the Korean War, THIS KIND OF WAR,published in 1963, was a book-club selection and best seller.
Sailing With Uncle Charlie
The late Charles Francis Adams was in his maturity Boston’s leading citizen and Secretary of the Navy in President Hoover’s Cabinet. He was also for fifty years the best helmsman on the Eastern seaboard. This racy memoir by his nephew George Homans, professor of sociology at Harvard, was first presented to the Massachusetts Historical Society, and we print it with pleasure.
On Losing Touch
New Insight Into Mental Illness: Philosophical Implications
Biochemical discoveries about a disease that causes idiocy hold fascinating philosophical implications. Those implications, growing out of research into the origins of a disease called phenylketonuria, are here discussed by Canadian-born D. W. Woolley, who has been associated with the Rockefeller Institute in New York City for twenty-five years and is currently professor of biochemistry there. He has worked primarily with vitamins and hormones and with the development of new means for treatment of diseases.
The Tower at Fåborg
When the ATLANTIC sent its literary editor to Greece a couple of springs ago, it was with the hope that she would bring back the materials for her first book, which she did. It is entitled A ROUGH MAP OF GREECE and is now fresh on the stalls. Last spring she went to Scandinavia, and after a protracted honeymoon with the Danes, moved on to Norway, Sweden, and Iceland. This is the fourth in her new series.
Waiting for George
The Plot to Strangle Alaska
Speaking from long devotion to Alaska and with high aspirations for its future, Ernest Gruening, Alaska’s governor from 1939 to 1953 and its senator since it became a state, argues in favor of the proposed Rampart Canyon Dam, which Paul Brooks attacked in his article “The Plot to Drown Alaska” in the May ATLANTIC.
Jesse Hill Ford is a Tennessean in whom the ATLANTIC takes special pride. We published his first short stories, his first novel , MOUNTAINS OF GILEAD, and we are about to publish his first major work . THE LIBERATION OF LORD BYRON JONES, a novel of the South today and the midsummer selection of the Book-of-the-Month Club.
Hill Dream of Youth, Thirty Years Later
Counting Our Eagles
POLLY REDFORD, a well-trained observer of wildlife, is haunted by the thought that the bald eagle, our national emblem, is dying out. Next to Alaska, Florida is the state with the most bald eagles, and there, with the assistance of Dr. William B. Robertson, park biologist at the Everglades Park, and Alexander Sprunt IV, director of research for the National Audubon Society, she compiled this serious warning. Her text forms part of her new book, RACCOONS AND EAGLES, just published by Dutton.
Jack Kerouac Comes Home
Dan Wakefield is a free-lance writer and spent the 1963-1964 academic year as a Nieman Fellow at Harvard. He is the author of ISLAND IN THE CITY and a 1955 graduate of Columbia College.
Man or Motor?
The changes caused by the automobile are permanent, and the expansion of our highways is likened to a lava flow: irreversible. Shall we run the automobile or will it run us? Paul B. Sears, eminent ecologist and student of natural resources, warns us that no master study to coordinate land, air, and water transport is yet in sight.
Dinner Party in Connecticut
Harmony on the Highways
Few men in public life have done more than Senator Abraham Ribicoff of Connecticut to modernize and to improve standards of highway safety. During his service as governor he brought highway regulations up to date and created an alert and determined effort by state and local police to enforce them. He is spearheading a drive to improve federal traffic safely programs.
The World 'S Greatest Automobile Collection
BY KEN PURDY Automobiles have remained a central interest for Ken Purdy throughout his brilliantly varied career as an editor and writer. The unique automobile collection of Williani Harrah fascinates the antiquarian, the sportsman, the collector alike, and is as much an attraction as the gaming tables for the tourist in Nevada.
Twenty Years From Now
What will automobiles be like, twenty years from now? Toxic exhaust gases alone will make us discard the present piston engine as population growth puts more cars on the road. Cutting down on waste space will yield more interior room, even though most, cars will be smaller — also faster and safer. Raymond Loewy is internationally known as an automotive and industrial designer.
Low Moment on the High Road