May 2000 | Volume 285 No. 5

The War Against Boys

The conventional wisdom about the relative fortunes of boys and girls turns truth on its head. Boys, not girls, are on the weak side of the education gender gap.

by Christina Hoff Sommers

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Exchange: Carol Gilligan and Christina Hoff Sommers
In a letter to the editors, the Harvard professor Carol Gilligan, whose work is criticized in the May cover story, responds to Sommers -- and Sommers replies.

Keeping Lincoln's Secrets

William H. Herndon, Abraham Lincoln's law partner and biographer, did not preserve everything he heard about Lincoln. Serendipitously, we are now provided with a secondhand view of some of what he suppressed.

by Douglas L. Wilson

Does Civilization Cause Asthma?

Asthma is becoming more prevalent -- and we probably don't want to eliminate all the causes.

by Ellen Ruppel Shell

Girl, Seeming to Disappear

The brief life and freshly considered work of the photographer Francesca Woodman.

by Peter Davison

Notes & Comment:
The Transmission of Hope

A legacy of stories.
by George McKenna

George W., Knight of Eulogia

Inside Skull and Bones with Magog, the former President of the United States, and his son, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee.
by Alexandra Robbins

Foreign Affairs:
Out of the Jungle

Revolutionary violence comes to Colombia's capital.
by Benjamin Ryder Howe

Personal File:
A Link to the Living

In the anatomy lab.
by Patsy Garlan

Fiction & Poetry

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A poem
by Andrew Hudgins

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A poem
by David Barber

Sky Scraper
A drawing
by Guy Billout

seahorse picture Jerez at Easter
A poem
by Robert Bly

I'm from Ballymullet
A short story
by Wendy Mai Rawlings

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A poem
by Linda Gregerson

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Arts & Leisure

Faint of Heart in the Heart of Darkness

A safari diary.
by Samuel Jay Keyser

Someone There Is Who Loves a Wall

Steven Allen and his stones.
by Michael Finkel

Literary Lives:
The Unlikely Father of Miami Crime Fiction

Charles Willeford -- offbeat, funny, and macabre.
by Marshall Jon Fisher


What JFK Really Said
The Kennedy Tapes, which purports to offer the verbatim truth of who said what during the Cuban missile crisis, is a shockingly inaccurate record.
by Sheldon M. Stern

Brief Reviews
by Phoebe-Lou Adams

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The May Almanac

At Last Count
The Manure Menace
by Brad Edmondson

The Puzzler
by Emily Cox & Henry Rathvon

Word Watch
by Anne H. Soukhanov

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