In Post & Riposte:

Reinventing Privacy
Will technology give back what it has taken away? Who will profit most in the new privacy space? Join a conversation on the March cover story.

The Feel-Good Presidency
Is NBC's The West Wing a "wish-fulfillment fantasy" for liberals? Weigh in on Chris Lehmann's critique of the hit TV show.

Workplace Hip
What's the relationship between corporate culture and corporate success? Share your thoughts on James Fallows's dispatch from Silicon Valley.

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March 2001 cover 77 North Washington Street by Michael Kelly

In This Issue

Letters to the Editor

by Cullen Murphy

Notes and Dispatches
Tokyo: The Kamikazes Rise Again by Murray Sayle
Silicon Valley: Forget the Yellowfin by James Fallows
Panama: The Forgotten Highway by Benjamin Ryder Howe
Los Angeles: The Hollywood Forever Way of Death by Ed Leibowitz
Washington, D.C.: Don't Call Us by Jack Owens
Nome, Alaska: Woe Is Me by Ian Frazier


The Reinvention of Privacy
The public fears that the last of privacy will perish in the information age. But what technology has taken away it will soon give back
by Toby Lester
Web only: Open Secrets. Steven Levy, author of Crypto, talks about cryptography and everyday life.
Battleground of the Eye
The painted landscapes of the Pacific Northwest aren't period pieces. The questions they raise—about wilderness, settlement, tribal rights, and the competing claims of industry and nature—are all around us still
by Jonathan Raban

Who Needs the BBC?
Friends and critics alike wonder if the BBC's reputation is not just a shadow, albeit an awfully big shadow, of former glories
by Geoffrey Wheatcroft

The Iron Bridge A poem by Billy Collins [with audio]

Worn Tool A poem by Stephen Sandy [with audio]

Mimesis A drawing by Guy Billout

Big Bend A short story by Bill Roorbach

Highway 12, Just East of Paradise, Idaho A poem by Robert Wrigley [with audio]


Pursuits and Retreats
TRAVEL: An Alternative Belgium by Corby Kummer
COMPUTERS: Around the World in Eighty Megabytes by James Fallows
GARDENS: Touring by the Book by Hatsy Shields

Books and Critics
The Richness of the Moment
Romancing: The Life and Work of Henry Green, by Jeremy Treglown, reviewed by Brooke Allen

Getting States' Rights Right
States' Rights and the Union: Imperium in Imperio, 1776-1876 by Forrest McDonald, reviewed by Eugene D. Genovese

Kerry Fried on Border Crossing by Pat Barker
Christina Schwarz on The Clothes They Stood Up In by Alan Bennett
Jack Beatty on Tip O'Neill and the Democratic Century by John A. Farrell
Barbara Wallraff on Cause Celeb by Helen Fielding
Peter Davison on Familiar Spirits: A Memoir of James Merrill and David Jackson by Alison Lurie
David Kipen on Ball Four: The Final Pitch by Jim Bouton
Brooke Allen on A Month in the Country by J. L. Carr

TELEVISION: The Feel-Good Presidency by Chris Lehmann
[Plus: Former Clinton staffers on reality vs. fantasy in The West Wing.]
MUSIC: The Tradition of the Oldie by David Schiff

The Puzzler by Emily Cox and Henry Rathvon

Word Court by Barbara Wallraff

Cover art by Carter Goodrich.

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