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On September 10, 1976, five Croatian terrorists hijacked TWA Flight 355, carrying 86 passengers from New York to Chicago. Brockman was one of the passengers; he wrote this account in the course of the ordeal
Tobias Wolff's first published story
From the notebooks of Richard X. Stone (June 14, 1911-Dec. 23, 1975), author of the more than 80 best-selling “Doctor Saint-John ” mysteries:
Reflections on his native land by a novelist who liked the place but who came to feel that “if I stayed they would, without even trying, or knowing, kill me.”
One of the world’s most elegant creatures is being turned into sandwiches at the rate of some 3.5 billion pounds a year. Without bold international regulation, the great hunt cannot last much longer, because the tuna is being driven to extinction.
Two years after Richard Nixon’s resignation, in the wake of congressional investigators’ revelations about previous Presidents’ abuses of power and misuses of our intelligence agencies, it is unclear what Nixon’s fall meant, or what the House impeachment inquiry had to do with it. So argues the author, who served with the impeachment inquiry staff. Her study of the Watergate debris, before and after, led her to “an inescapable inference"—a shocking, almost unthinkable, but logical explanation of what the ultimate scandal that drove Nixon from the White House must have been.
Can faculty members be trusted to put the larger aims of their institutions ahead of narrow self-interest, particularly when the issue is job security or curriculum reform? No, said former Bennington College president Gail Thain Parker in the September Atlantic. What follows is a sampling of responses to that article, from some educators who share Parker’s gloomy vision, and from some who don’t.