In Post & Riposte:

The Next Christianity
Do you agree with Philip Jenkins's predictions in the October Atlantic about Christianity? Will the Catholic Church split in two? Should the global spread of Christianity be celebrated or feared?

The Mother Load
Should mothers work if they're wealthy enough to stay at home? Share your thoughts on Caitlin Flanagan's September review of Life's Work: Confessions of an Unbalanced Mom.

School Vouchers and the 'Burbs
What's the real reason that most suburban voters oppose school vouchers?

Zadie Smith
Join a discussion about the author of White Teeth and The Autograph Man.

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THE ATLANTIC MONTHLY | Volume 290 No. 3 | October 2002
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October 2002 cover Letters to the Editor

by Cullen Murphy

The Agenda
What Now? by Michael Kelly
Lions and Foxes by David Brooks
Reversing White Flight by Jonathan Rauch
Viewing With Alarm a cartoon by Edward Sorel
On the Brink by Jack Beatty
The Defeat of the Left by Geoffrey Wheatcroft

THE WORLD IN NUMBERS: ProQuest  Population 2050 by Don Peck

Primary Sources
Selections from recent reports, studies, and other documents


The Next Christianity
Christianity worldwide is growing and mutating rapidly, and in ways that observers in the West tend not to see. Tumultuous conflicts within Christianity will leave a mark deeper than Islam's on the coming century. We stand at a historical turning point, the author argues, that is as epochal as the Reformation
by Philip Jenkins
Christianity's New Center: In an interview, Philip Jenkins argues that most Americans and Europeans are blind to Christianity's real future. [Web only]
Atlantic Report: The Roaring Nineties
"It would be nice for us veterans of the Clinton Administration," the author writes, "if we could simply blame mismanagement by President George W. Bush's economic team" for the current economic mess. But much of the groundwork was laid earlier. A Nobel laureate and former Clinton adviser offers a revised economic history of the 1990s
by Joseph Stiglitz

American Ground: Unbuilding the World Trade Center
This month's installment, "The Dance of the Dinosaurs," is the conclusion of a three-part series
[Web version contains excerpts only]
by William Langewiesche
Inside the Ruins: William Langewiesche, the author of "American Ground," on life at the World Trade Center site after the towers fell. [Web only]
Help Humor by Russell Working
Travail A drawing by Guy Billout
Dancing Lessons A short story by Liza Ward

The Ballad of Foot-and-Mouth A poem by Lola Haskins [audio]
Her Last Night at Home A poem by Jonathan Musgrove [audio]
Skipping the State A poem by Marilyn Krysl [audio]
Closer A poem by Laura Fargas


Books and Critics
New & Noteworthy
Autumn's overabundance
by Benjamin Schwarz

Too Little Too Soon
The Autograph Man by Zadie Smith, reviewed by Thomas Mallon

The Misfortune of Poetry
Byron: Life and Legend by Fiona McCarthy, reviewed by Christopher Hitchens
The Byron Complex: Jacques Barzun, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and others assess the controversial life and poetry of Lord Byron. [Web only]
Tragedy in Ireland
The Story of Lucy Gault by William Trevor, reviewed by Alice McDermott

Other Reviews
by Brooke Allen, Thomas Mallon, and Benjamin Schwarz

The Mother Load
Life's Work: Confessions of an Unbalanced Mom by Lisa Belkin, reviewed by Caitlin Flanagan

Pursuits and Retreats
TRAVEL: Anything Goes by P. J. O'Rourke
PALATE AT LARGE: Sole Cardinale by Corby Kummer
MUSIC: Out of Our Dreams by David Schiff
The Puzzler by Emily Cox and Henry Rathvon
Word Fugitives by Barbara Wallraff

Cover photograph by Christophe Agou.

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