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(Seahorse) Mideast Oil Forever?

Research programs supported by the federal government have made important breakthroughs in renewable-energy and environmental technologies--technologies that could lessen our dependence on imported oil, reduce pollution, and give America the lead in a vital new industrial sector. Congress is on the verge of throwing all this away.

by Joseph J. Romm and Charles B. Curtis

(Seahorse) An American Requiem

The father: an Air Force general, one of the nation's top intelligence officers, a man of power whose belief in the world of hierarchy was total. The son: newly ordained, celebrating his first mass, mounting the pulpit to speak as a priest. The time: the height of the Vietnam War. A memoir.

by James Carroll


Notes & Comment: Kicking in Groups
The political scientist Robert Putnam's much-publicized contention that America's communal culture is in a state of decline is open to argument on both theoretical and factual grounds.
by Nicholas Lemann

Foreign Affairs: In a Chinese Orphanage
Behind the terrible conditions in Chinese orphanages lie problems little appreciated in the West--on some of which the West could offer guidance.
by Anne F. Thurston

Personal File: "It's Lew, Babe, Just Lew"
Taking charge of my husband's career.
by Lynn Caraganis

Fiction & Poetry

On Pickiness
A poem
by Rodney Jones

A short story
by Elizabeth Stuckey-French

My Place
A poem
by Stephen Sandy

A drawing
by Guy Billout

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Arts & Leisure

Travel: The Old Made New
In once-forlorn eastern Germany, our correspondent finds, the Cold War torpor is beginning to disappear.
by R. W. Apple Jr.

Computers: Navigating the Galaxies
New ways of indexing and presenting information might help to tame the Internet's unmanageable sprawl.
by James Fallows

Food: Nuts I Love
Not all hazelnuts taste alike, the author learns after conducting a worldwide search, but they all make chocolate taste better.
by Corby Kummer


"To Work Is to Live Without Dying"
Life of a Poet: Rainer Maria Rilke by Ralph Freedman
by Lee Siegel

Right, Here Goes
Therapy, by David Lodge
by Scott Stossel

Brief Reviews
by Phoebe-Lou Adams

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Word Watch
by Anne H. Soukhanov

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