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THE ATLANTIC | Volume 293 No. 4 | May 2004
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The Agenda
Sunny Side Up?  Rethinking our political fixation on the bright side of life
by Jonathan Chait

BRIEF LIVES: Kerry's Consigliere  For the legendary strategist Bob Shrum, a lifetime in Democratic politics comes down to John Kerry and a final shot at the White House
by Ryan Lizza

THE LIST: Air Pollution  FCC fines for indecency and obscenity
by Matthew Quirk

Funny Business  When you're running for president, humor is no laughing matter
by Joshua Green

How Do I Look?  Body armor is a must in some lines of work, and it gives "fashion plate" a whole new meaning
by Robert D. Kaplan

FOUND OBJECT: Hitler's "Amerikabomber"  The idea of flying planes into skyscrapers didn't originate with al-Qaeda
by Dieter Wulf

POST MORTEM: Accidentally Moonstruck  Bart Howard (1915-2004)
by Mark Steyn

Primary Sources  Your gay neighbors (and their children); what's really behind France's headscarf ban; why people don't tell lies over e-mail; the illusion of order in suburban schools; the scientific secret of sex appeal


My Times
A year after the Jayson Blair scandal, the deposed executive editor of The New York Times answers his critics, acknowledges his mistakes, deconstructs the events that ended his tumultuous tenure, and provides a no-holds-barred assessment of what he sees as a great newspaper in crisis.
by Howell Raines

A Sea Story
One of the worst maritime disasters in European history took place a decade ago. On a stormy night on the Baltic Sea, more than 850 people lost their lives when a luxurious ferry sank below the waves. From survivor testimony and other sources our correspondent has pieced together the Estonia's last moments—part of his continuing coverage for the magazine of anarchy on the high seas
by William Langewiesche

The Front-Runner's Fall
The Dean implosion up close, from the vantage point of the candidate's pollster
by Paul Maslin
Inside the Dean Campaign: An Interview with Paul Maslin
Howard Dean's political pollster talks about the campaign's extraordinary rise and crashing fall [Web only]
In 1968 the Kennedy family essentially blackballed a brother-in-law, Sargent Shriver, who was very close to being chosen as Hubert Humphrey's running mate. In doing so, they may have accidentally thrown the election to Richard Nixon
by Scott Stossel
The Call to Service: An Interview with Scott Stossel
Scott Stossel, the author of Sarge, talks about the life and legacy of Sargent Shriver [Web only]
Dead Wren  A poem by Henri Cole [audio]

The Visionary Under the Knife  A poem by Madeline DeFrees


Books and Critics
New & Noteworthy
The Reformation, by Diarmaid MacCulloch; The War for Righteousness, by Richard M. Gamble; New Grub Street, by George Gissing
reviewed by Benjamin Schwarz

Poor Old Willie
The life of W. Somerset Maugham was a good deal more "exquisite, dramatic, torrid, and tragic"—especially in his splendid Mediterranean exile—than any of his works
by Christopher Hitchens

The lost world of Booth Tarkington
by Thomas Mallon

Neat Structure, Grand Notions
Faith Fox, by Jane Gardam
reviewed by Christina Schwarz

The Whole Story and Other Stories, by Ali Smith
by Brooke Allen

"Martini-Age Victorian"
The novelist John P. Marquand was a brilliant satirist with a "dictaphonic ear" for dialogue
by Martha Spaulding


Pursuits and Retreats
It's starting to look like 1536 all over again
by Cullen Murphy

FOOD: Going With the Grain
True wild rice, for the past twenty years nearly impossible to find, is slowly being nurtured back to market
by Corby Kummer

FICTION: Foaling Season
by Aryn Kyle

The Puzzler by Emily Cox and Henry Rathvon

Word Fugitives by Barbara Wallraff

Cover photograph by Bruce Peterson.

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