In This Issue
Randall Kennedy, “My Race Problem -- and Ours”; Scott Stossel, “The Man Who Counts the Killings”; Katha Pollitt, “Abortion in American History”; Wislawa Szymborska, “A Word on Statistics”; and much more.
My Race Problem
A consideration of touchy matters -- racial pride, racial solidarity, and racial loyalty -- rarely discussed.
The Man Who Counts the Killings
George Gerbner, who thirty years ago founded the Cultural Indicators project, which is best known for its estimate that the average American child will have watched 8,000 murders on television by the age of twelve, is so alarmed about the baneful effects of TV that he describes them in terms of "fascism."
Abortion in American History
The year after abortion was legalized in New York State, the maternal-mortality rate there dropped by 45 percent—one reason why legalization can be seen as “a public-health triumph.”
The May Almanac
The Disunited States
"Devolution" -- shifting power from Washington to the fifty states -- is no cure for what ails American government.
The rubble on one of the few remaining gray blocks near the old Checkpoint Charlie reveals much about what Berlin is losing, and losing fast.
Off the Maine Coast
The island as foreign country; the vacationer as admiring expat
Divers compete to see who can go deepest on just one breath -- and who can survive the yet-more-perilous ascent to air.
The Crisis of Electoral Politics
77 North Washington Street-May 97
The Salsa Sectors