April 2000 | Volume 285 No. 4
Nabokov's Butterflies

Vladimir Nabokov was a distinguished lepidopterist, and butterflies dance among his writings in the form of images and metaphors and as the subject of enchanted scrutiny. We offer a treasury of unpublished work by Nabokov relating to butterflies, including "the last important unpublished fiction."

by Vladimir Nabokov

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Atlantic Unbound offers the first two short stories by Nabokov to appear in The Atlantic -- "Cloud, Castle, Lake" (June 1941) and "The Aurelian" (November 1941) -- along with Nabokov's poem "Softest of Tongues" (December 1941), introduced and read aloud by Nabokov's son and translator, Dmitri Nabokov.

After the Wars: Yugoslavia and the World

A New Kind of Justice

Louise Arbour, the woman who indicted Slobodan Milosevic, helped to make the war-crimes tribunal an institution with real power.

by Charles Trueheart
The Reluctant Gendarme

Why the French have shown so little interest in arresting war criminals in Bosnia.

by Chuck Sudetic
Midnight in Sarajevo

Returning for New Year's Eve to a city without a soul.

by David Rieff

Notes & Comment:
A Hand for the Head

A new service for the hard-of-thinking.
by Cullen Murphy

Personal File:
Our First Telephone

A family in Alaska embraces the communications revolution -- up to a point.
by Leslie Leyland Fields

Regulation by Shaming

Sometimes the best way to get companies to change is to make them come clean.
by Mary Graham

Fiction & Poetry

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A poem
by Donald Hall

The Raft
A short story
by Peter Orner

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by Robert Pinsky

seahorse picture Everyone Who Left Us
A poem
by Steven Cramer

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Arts & Leisure

Around the Big Bend

The hard splendor of West Texas, where the American West and South meet Mexico.
by Benjamin and Christina Schwarz

The Best Pickup-Basketball Player in America

He is fifty-one years old, and living a dream.
by Timothy Harper

The Baddest of Bad Art

Now there's a museum in New York devoted to "academic" art -- sentimental, critically disdained, and strangely wonderful.
by Carol Kino


High-Performance Poets
New audio recordings.
by Wen Stephenson

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The Toronto Circle
South Asian émigrés writing in Canada.
by Jamie James

Were the Hawks Right About the Vietnam War?
Vietnam: The Necessary War, by Michael Lind
by John Lewis Gaddis

Brief Reviews
by Phoebe-Lou Adams

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The Puzzler
by Emily Cox & Henry Rathvon

Word Court
by Barbara Wallraff

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