ABBA returns

Michael Cuesta's L.I.E.

Popular Music
A Slice of Heaven

Lady Day and Lady Di

... and more, in the October Preview.

In Post & Riposte:

Peace Is Hell
Do you find William Langewiesche's description of the Army as overprepared and overequipped reassuring or worrisome in these uncertain times?

Will the Circle Be Unbroken?
Share you thoughts on Studs Terkel's interviews on death and dying.

The Most Beautiful Place in the World
What place (or places) do you consider to be the most beautiful in the world?

Narnia Under Attack
Do you consider some of the messages and attitudes in C. S. Lewis's Narnia Chronicles to be problematic?

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In This Issue

Letters to the Editor

INNOCENT BYSTANDER: Out of the Ordinary
by Cullen Murphy

Notes and Dispatches
Norman, Oklahoma: In Search of the Perfect Storm by Wayne Curtis
Addis Ababa: Thanks for Nothing by Joseph Stiglitz
Strasbourg: Home Away From home by Michael Z. Wise
Livermore, California: New Life for Moore's Law by James Fallows
Cair Paravel, Narnia: In Defense of C. S. Lewis by Gregg Easterbrook


Peace Is Hell
Every six months the Pentagon sends nearly 4,000 soldiers to Bosnia and brings the same number home. To see see how it's done is to understand why the Pax Americana has stretched the mighty American military to the limit
by William Langewiesche

JFK's First-Strike Plan
During the 1961 Berlin crisis, documents reveal, the Kennedy White House drew up detailed plans for a nuclear first strike against the Soviets
by Fred Kaplan

Will the Circle Be Unbroken?
Interviews with a paramedic, a social worker, an undertaker, and a mother about their experiences with death and dying
by Studs Terkel
The Language of Life and Death: A Web-only interview with Studs Terkel about his new book, Will the Circle Be Unbroken?: Reflections on Death, Rebirth, and Hunger for a Faith.
Winter Bale A poem by Robert Wrigley [with audio]

Mystery of the Sphinx A poem by Cathy Smith Bowers [with audio]

Special Collections Centennial of an Assassination
by Richard Rubin

Concentration A poem by Linda Bierds

Rendezvous A drawing by Guy Billout

Popular Girls A short story by Karen Shepard

Ask Dave About Tic-Tac-Toe Humor by D. Ellis Dickerson


Pursuits and Retreats
TRAVEL: The Most Beautiful Place in the World by eight Atlantic contributors
MANNERS: Civility vs. Civilité by Alice Furlaud
SPORT: Birding at the Edge by John Fitchen

Books and Critics
Hustler With a Lyric Voice
Savage Beauty, by Nancy Milford; What Lips My Lips Have Kissed, by Daniel Mark Epstein; The Selected Poetry of Edna St. Vincent Millay, edited by Nancy Milford; reviewed by Thomas Mallon

France's Downfall
France: The Dark Years 1940-1944, by Julian Jackson, reviewed by Eugen Weber

New and Noteworthy
A sly and sublime historical novel; disappointing Didion; coming of age in Hollywood

An Observer of Catastrophe
On Sybille Bedford, by Brooke Allen

The Puzzler by Emily Cox and Henry Rathvon

Word Fugitives by Barbara Wallraff

Cover photo by William Langewiesche.

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