The Eleventh Annual Ella Awards

The POB Dances La Bayadère

Peter Brook's Tragedy of Hamlet

Popular Music
At-Home Arrangements

Grateful Homage to the Jazz Greats

... and more, in the April Preview.

In Post & Riposte:

The Next Ruling Class?
What makes today's students tick? And how did they get this way? Has David Brooks drawn an accurate portrait of the meritocracy's next generation? Join us for a special forum on the April cover story.

Race and Genetic Research
What are the risks of exploring human genetic diversity? What are the potential rewards? Join a conversation on Steve Olson's article in the April Atlantic.

See the complete forum index. THE ATLANTIC MONTHLY | Volume 287 No. 4 | April 2001
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In This Issue

Letters to the Editor

by Cullen Murphy

Notes and Dispatches
Bangor, Maine: Uncivil Aviation by Wayne Curtis
The Amur River, Russia: "Street of Russian Goods Welcome!" by Jeffrey Tayler
Scranton, Pennsylvania: A Brand-New Olmsted by Witold Rybczynski
Padua: Saving Art From Art Lovers by Francine Prose
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Gibraltar: Shaking Up the Rock by Tyler Maroney


The Organization Kid
The author of Bobos in Paradise discerns a new social type—one that will soon inherit the earth
by David Brooks

The Profits of Doom
How toxic waste has given Butte a new economy
by William Langewiesche

The Day Reagan Was Shot
Selections from previously undisclosed White House transcripts
by Richard V. Allen

The Genetic Archaeology of Race
The idea that got Luigi Luca Cavalli-Sforza into trouble is this: the only way to understand how similar we are is to learn how we differ
by Steve Olson

Canticle A poem by Mark Jarman [with audio]

The Descent A drawing by Edward Sorel

Lucky A poem by Thomas Lux [with audio]

The Kiss of Judas A poem by Alicia Ostriker

The Gun Lobby A short story by Jim Shepard


Pursuits and Retreats
TRAVEL: A Revolutionary Itinerary by Geoffrey Wheatcroft
FOOD: In Lockstep With the Seasons by Corby Kummer
DESIGN: The Ergonomic Rocking Chair by Marshall Jon Fisher

Books and Critics
A Year in the Life
The Gang: Coleridge, the Hutchinsons & the Wordsworths in 1802, by John Worthen, reviewed by Juliet Barker

No Apologies Necessary
Carson McCullers: A Life by Josyane Savigneau, translated by Joan E. Howard, reviewed by Frances Kiernan

Stewart O'Nan on The Danger Tree by David Macfarlane
Stephen Amidon on The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse by Louise Erdrich
Martha Spaulding on The Inn at the Edge of the World by Alice Thomas Ellis
Jack Beatty on The Last Time They Met by Anita Shreve
Christina Schwarz on The Peppered Moth by Margaret Drabble
Stephen Amidon on To The Hermitage by Malcolm Bradbury
Benjamin Schwarz on Snow Mountain Passage by James D. Houston
Benjamin Schwarz on Ancestors: The Loving Family in Old Europe by Steven Ozment
Russ Rymer on The Hole in the Universe: How Scientists Peered Over the Edge of Emptiness and Found Everything by K. C. Cole

The Nonconformist
Troublemaker: The Life and History of A.J.P. Taylor, by Kathleen Burk, reviewed by Paul Kennedy

The Puzzler by Emily Cox and Henry Rathvon

Word Fugitives by Barbara Wallraff

Cover art by Tim O'Brien.

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