In This Issue
James Fallows, “An Acquired Taste”; Daniel Sarewitz and Roger Pielke Jr., “Breaking the Global-Warming Gridlock”; Cullen Murphy, “Outtakes”; Bill McKibben, “The World Streaming In”; and much more.
Breaking the Global-Warming Gridlock
Both sides on the issue of greenhouse gases frame their arguments in terms of science, but each new scientific finding only raises new questions—dooming the debate to be a pointless spiral. It's time, the authors argue, for a radically new approach: if we took practical steps to reduce our vulnerability to today's weather, we would go a long way toward solving the problem of tomorrow's climate
A Little Bit About the Soul
An Acquired Taste
Al Gore is the most lethal debater in politics, a ruthless combatant who will say whatever it takes to win, and who leaves opponents not just beaten but brutalized. But Gore is no natural-born killer. He studied hard to become the man he is today.
The Jaguar and the Fox
Hard as he tried, Murray Gell-Mann could never make himself into a legend like his rakish colleague and collaborator, Richard Feynman -- even if he was probably the greater physicist
The father's lonely figure moved along the wharf, arms stiff at his sides and hands pushed into jacket pockets. We decided before he reached us that if he got even a little bit crazy, we'd beat him until he cried and then toss him into the harbor
The rise of provisional history
From the Leash to the Laboratory
Medical-research institutions draw on a thriving black market in stolen and fraudulently obtained pets
Looking for buried treasure at auction
A Mythic South Pacific
On Tanna, in Vanuatu, the height of civilization is a resort with electricity and showers -- but that's not the point
The World Streaming In
Free, easy-to-use software turns any PC into the greatest shortwave set there ever was
As American as Cricket
A movement has been growing to bring what was once the most English of sports into the American mainstream. It just might succeed
The Last Great Critic
Lionel Trilling believed that politics needed the imaginative qualities of literature and that liberalism needed literature's sense of "variousness, possibility, complexity, and difficulty"
Fascism's Secretary of State
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