In Post & Riposte:

Are protected lands better served by sensitive human management or by a hands-off approach?

Missing Pieces
Do classical-radio audience surveys do classical music a favor or a disservice?

Inspired Immaturity
Is the midlife crisis an endangered tradition?

The Lost Art of Housekeeping
Do Americans neglect their own households and rely too much on hired outsiders to do the work that ought to be done by someone who truly cares?

See the complete forum index.

THE ATLANTIC MONTHLY | Volume 289 No. 3 | March 2002
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March 2002 cover In This Issue

Letters to the Editor

Phoebe Lou Adams (1918-2001)

by Cullen Murphy

The Agenda
Poking the Walrus by Michael Kelly
Inspired Immaturity by David Brooks
Does Democracy Need Voters? by Jonathan Rauch
Jack Or Jill? by Margaret Talbot
The Unilateralist by James Fallows
Nobel Sentiments by P. J. O'Rourke
The Birth of the Sun by David Carr
Islam Versus the Pleasure Principle by Jeffrey Tayler
A Modest Proposal From the Brigadier by Peter Landesman


New evidence suggests that before it became the New World, the Western Hemisphere was vastly more populous and sophisticated than historians have thought. Indeed, the Amazon rain forest may be largely a human artifact
by Charles C. Mann

The World in 2005
American eyes are focused at the moment mainly on the war against terrorism. But powerful forces continue to shape the world without regard to that war—and will affect how we wage it
by Robert D. Kaplan

The Apocalypse of Adolescence
The murder last year of two Dartmouth College professors offers entry to a disturbing subject—lethal violence by "ordinary" teenagers from "ordinary" communities
by Ron Powers

The Iceberg Wars
There is a simple reason why "iceberg harvesting" has become one of Newfoundland's only growth industries: a lot of people want pure water, and they'll pay any price
by Wayne Curtis

Special Collections The Warhol Warehouse
by Richard Rubin

QPass  Incident Report Picasso's banquet for Rousseau
by Edward Sorel and Nancy Caldwell Sorel

Wealth A drawing by Guy Billout

God's Goodness A short story by Marjorie Kemper

The Horses Run Back to Their Stalls A poem by Linda Gregerson [with audio]
Rivermist: For Roland Flint A poem by Linda Pastan [with audio]
Mary Cassatt: The Letter (1890-1891) A poem by Joan I. Siegel [with audio]


Pursuits and Retreats
TRAVEL: An Ireland of Legend by Jacki Lyden
RADIO: Missing Pieces by Stephen Budiansky
PALATE AT LARGE: Daniel by Corby Kummer
FOOD: The Cream of the Salt Pan by Corby Kummer
POPULAR CULTURE: Poetry Out Loud by Peter Davison

Books and Critics
The Beauty of the Conjuring
Atonement by Ian McEwan, reviewed by Claire Messud

Leaving It to the Professionals
A look at anti-clutter books, by Caitlin Flanagan

New and Noteworthy
Stories of doomed affairs, by Richard Ford; a "profoundly satisfying" literary correspondence; children of the Middle Ages

Thrilling Desperation
In the Forest by Edna O'Brien, reviewed by Brooke Allen

A Failure of Intelligence
Jihad by Gilles Kepel, reviewed by Walter Laqueur

The Puzzler by Emily Cox and Henry Rathvon

Word Court by Barbara Wallraff

Cover art by C. F. Payne.

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