In This Issue
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One Head, Two Brains, Three Bases
Henry Beston: The Outermost Man
The Lives of Robert Kennedy
Injustice: The Social Bases of Obedience and Revolt
Happy All the Time
Beast and Man: The Roots of Human Nature
A Distant Mirror
From the High Plains
Ernest Hemingway and His
One, Two, Three... The Story of Matt, a Feral Child
Rumours of Rain
The Atlantic Puzzler
The unclued lights represent each of the tones in a familiar set. One of these lights, though nominally different, clearly has its place with the others. Answers to clues include one uncommon word, 16 Across. Remember that punctuation may be used deceptively.
Colombia: Contrabandistas, Gamines, and Ejecutivos
Cocaine is fast becoming Colombia’s leading export; the corruption bred by the drug trade is only one problem facing the country’s new president.
Heels on Wheels
Iran: Persian Miniatures Drawn From Life
The shah is a man in a hurry, eager to turn his prosperous country into a modern, secular state, but much of Iran’s citizenry insists on honoring its ancient traditions.
The Big Squeeze on Labor Unions
Automation is inexorably weakening the American labor movement. Despite the considerable economic and political clout the unions maintain, the balance of power is shifting—and management knows it. In no industry is the future more visible than in the newspaper business, where the once mighty printers’ union is being brought to its knees by computer technology.
The 1928 Buick
What Shall Become of Jerusalem the Golden?
It is one of the most holy places in the world, sacred to three great religions, and it is here, the author argues, that one must look for the solution to the profound tensions in the Middle East.
The Glee Club
Gentlemen songsters . . . sometimes off-key.
The Priest's Wife: Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird
Metaphysical Model With Feathers
Dream Town in the Wilderness
Alaskans are on the brink of building themselves an idyllic state capital on a pristine site. The new city would be a “model of urban order"—but is urban order what this lusty, last-frontier state really wants?
Getting Serious About the Occult
Scientists have long discounted “psychic" phenomena, but recent experiments have persuaded some skeptical researchers to take yet another look. Is there such a force as “psychokinesis”? Can some people (as the experiments suggest) actually affect the workings of electronic machinery by the power of thought? O brave new world, that has such people in’t! . . .