In This Issue
Explore the January 1971 print edition below. Or to discover more writing from the pages of The Atlantic, browse the full archive.
The Middle East after Nasser remains a place of suppressed state of war, of uncertainty and alarm. Did he leave behind an Egypt with the strength to make continued war, or the greater strength to make peace? Two experts examine the state of the country Nasser led for eighteen years, and (page 45) Nasser’s achievements.
“To increasing numbers of readers— psychiatrists as well as patients; political activists and dropouts; the hardly literate, searching young; as well as middle-class artists and intellectuals— R. D. Laing is the guide who most clearly elucidates the disordered surfaces and depths of their own lives.”
Religion and culture seem to be represented by a catholic belief that something is lacking which must be found, but as to what that something is, the keys of heaven, the missing air, genius, the smells of childhood, or a sense of humour, why it is lacking, whether it has been deliberately stolen, or accidentally lost or just hidden for a lark, and who is responsible, ourselves, the social structure, or mysterious wicked powers, there are as many faiths as there are searchers, and clues can be found behind every clock, under every stone, and in every hollow tree to support all of them.—W. H. Auden
To its natives as well as to its neighbors, Canada was the “bush-league vacuum” of North America. A Canadian journalist recounts his country’s sometimes painful, sometimes exhilarating loss of innocence.