In This Issue
Explore the October 1991 print edition below. Or to discover more writing from the pages of The Atlantic, browse the full archive.
The Case for Oxford
Were the works of Shakespeare really written by the Earl of Oxford?
The Case for Shakespeare
In defense of Shakespeare as the author of the Shakespeare works
The Ghost's Vocabulary
How the computer listens for Shakespeare's "voiceprint"
Looking For Shakespeare
Two partisans explain and debate the authorship question
The Shakespeare Dispute: Matus Replies
A rebuttal to Tom Bethell's "The Case for Oxford"
The Shakespeare Dispute: Bethell Replies
A rebuttal to Irvin Matus's "The Case for Shakespeare"
Addicted to "Getting Normal"
"Who is likely to take up smoking at a time when its risks have been publicized as never before?"
At the Piano
Louis Kahn's High Aesthetic Calling
Doorstops for Dinner
Don’t hold winter squash’s size and decorative qualities against it
Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World
The Mandeville Talent
The Mandeville Talent
The Ark's Anniversary
What's Eating Gilbert Grape
Alexander of Macedon, 356-323 b.c
Custer's Last Campaign
The Private War of Mrs. Packard
Here are a few of the words being tracked by the editors of The American Heritage Dictionary, published by Houghton Mifflin. A new word that exhibits sustained use may eventually make its way into the dictionary. The information below represents the first stage of research, not the final product.
The October Almanac
Too much political “news" these days is not fit to print
Happenings in Sanfrancisco
Europe: Charlemagne's Dream
An enormous canal, perhaps the largest public-works project in history, is scheduled to link the Rhine and Danube rivers, and thirteen European nations, next year
Trade: Another Great Victory of Ideology Over Prosperity
What the Bush Administration should learn from the instructive failure of the “Uruguay round" of trade talks
745 Boylston Street
Reply by Bethell
Reply by Matus
How I Came West, and Why I Stayed
The Mismanagement of the National Forests
A critic argues that the U.S. Forest Service, protected from congressional scrutiny by pork-barrel politics and imaginative bookkeeping, is devastating America’s national forests through needless and unprofitable timber sales. A feasible and inexpensive policy alternative is available