November 2000 | Volume 286 No. 5

What Global Language?

The conventional wisdom holds that English is destined to be the world's lingua franca -- if it isn't already. But experts who make language their business see a far more complicated picture. Don't throw away those Berlitz tapes.

by Barbara Wallraff

seahorse picture Web only: Interviews with David Graddol and Anne Soukhanov, two of the English-language experts featured in the article. Plus, join readers from around the world for a special forum on the globalization of English, in Post & Riposte.

Where Europe Vanishes

The Caucasus region -- bounded by Russia and Iran, by the Black Sea and the Caspian -- is rich in oil and hatred. It is where Stalin was born, and where the Soviet empire died.

by Robert D. Kaplan

In the Event of Flight

There are about 3,000 bounty hunters in America. Their job: tracking down bail-jumpers. Our correspondent stalks the streets with perhaps the most accomplished bounty hunter in New York City -- a surprisingly nice guy.

by Jeff Tietz


Notes & Comment:
Hybrid Vigor

Electric cars turned out to be a bust, but they were a step toward something revolutionary.
by Gregg Easterbrook

Foreign Affairs:
The Crescent and the Tricolor

France has become the most Muslim country in Western Europe, and the vaunted idea of "Frenchness" is once again on the line.
by Christopher Caldwell

seahorse picture Web only: The Harlem of France
Christopher Caldwell reports on the city of Roubaix's "ambitious, racially sensitive, and controversial urban renewal."

Children's Products and Risk

There is often little that government can do about the safety hazards posed by many products for children.
by E. Marla Felcher

Humor, Fiction, & Poetry

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A poem
by David Baker

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A poem
by John Updike

A short story
by Rémy Rougeau

seahorse picture There Was Earth Inside Them
A poem
by Paul Celan
translated by John Felstiner

A drawing
by Guy Billout

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Arts & Leisure

From Iron Age to Our Age

Napoleon may not have cared for Elba, but modern travelers should consider making it a destination.
by Francine Russo

Our Lady of Sorrows

Billie Holiday, the woman behind the myths.
by Francis Davis

New Life for Old Cars

The art of restoration.
by David C. Holzman


The Fall Into Guns
Arming America: The Origins of a National Gun Culture, by Michael A. Bellesiles
by Richard Slotkin

Mongrel Capitalism
The Global Me, by G. Pascal Zachary
by Alex Soojung-Kim Pang

Short Reviews

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The Puzzler
by Emily Cox & Henry Rathvon

Word Court
by Barbara Wallraff

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Classical Music & Dance: Two Divas Sing the Sins. Film: Edward Yang's Taipei Tale. Popular Music & Jazz: Broadside in a Box. And much more...
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