Popular Music
The Blind Boys Sing the Good News

The Eclectic and Electric Sonds of Marcus Miller

Baryshnikov's "PASTForward"

Bucky Fuller's Earthshaking Ride

The "Verdi Requiem," Revived

... and more, in the June Preview.

In Post & Riposte:

Freedom of the Skies
Are small planes the way of the future for air travel? Join a discussion of James Fallows's cover story.

Rush to Judgment
Whose fault is it when a child gets injured trying to replicate television stunts? Does MTV's Jackass go too far—or is it all in good fun? Is Teller right to defend it?

See the complete forum index. THE ATLANTIC MONTHLY | Volume 287 No. 6 | June 2001
May 2001 cover 77 North Washington Street by Michael Kelly

In This Issue

Letters to the Editor

by Cullen Murphy

Notes and Dispatches
Cincinnati, Ohio: Maginot Mailbox by Wayne Curtis
Astrakhan, Russia: The Caviar Thugs by Jeffrey Tayler
Fort Belvoir, Virginia: Forget the Artificial Sniffer by Richard Martin
Le Kef, Tunisia: Roman Africa by Robert D. Kaplan
Torrington, Connecticut: Rush to Judgment by Teller


Freedom of the Skies
Inventors, entrepreneurs, and government visionaries have teamed up to plan an escape from airline hell. The key: small, safe planes that can take off and land almost anywhere—connecting people directly with destinations, not with hubs
by James Fallows
The Soul of a New Flying Machine: A Web-only interview with James Fallows about his new book, Free Flight: From Airline Hell to a New Age of Travel.
New World Syndrome
What happens when the traditional diet in a developing land is suddenly overwhelmed by Western plenty? The epidemic of obesity in Micronesia offers one answer
by Ellen Ruppel Shell

Giving "The Devil" His Due
Emmanuel Constant, whose savage Haitian militia committed countless atrocities, has been convicted in Haiti of murder. He remains a free man in New York City. Do his ties with U.S. intelligence explain why?
by David Grann

Three-Wheeler A short story by Bobbie Ann Mason
[At the author's request, this story is no longer available on the Web.]

The Razor A poem by Donald Hall

Façade A drawing by Guy Billout


Pursuits and Retreats
TRAVEL: Assisted Hiking by Barbara Wallraff
DESIGN: Architecture for Art's Sake by Ann Wilson Lloyd
SPORT: As American as Women's Soccer? by Scott Stossel

Books and Critics
An Omnivorous Curiosity
To Keep the Ball Rolling: The Memoirs of Anthony Powell, reviewed by Christopher Hitchens

The Real War
The Good Fight, by Stephen E. Ambrose, reviewed by Benjamin Schwarz

Brooke Allen on Thinks... by David Lodge
James Marcus on Empire Falls by Richard Russo
Martha Spaulding on Never Change by Elizabeth Berg
Christina Schwarz on The Dearly Departed by Elinor Lipman
Michael Upchurch on The Gospel of Judas by Simon Mawer
Barbara Wallraff on American Chica by Marie Arana
Alan Buster on Come, Tell Me How You Live by Agatha Christie Mallowan

The Mistress of Gloom
The Bay of Angels, by Anita Brookner, reviewed by Miranda Seymour

The Puzzler by Emily Cox and Henry Rathvon

Word Fugitives by Barbara Wallraff

Cover painting by Chris Gall.

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