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mcvs9708 picture Resurgence of a Deadly Disease

Malaria is coming to America with growing frequency -- even as efforts at control remain virtually nonexistent, and a vaccine is at best a distant hope.

by Ellen Ruppel Shell

Classical Appeal

Throw together a composer, a blues band, and a symphony orchestra, and what you have is the kind of crossover event that orchestras increasingly rely on to sell tickets -- and a sign, many believe, of imminent economic and artistic doom.

by David Schiff

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The latest on Pulvio Lentz, Wilton Coursey, and Tintin Coates -- along with the rest of the week in baseball.

by Roy Blount Jr.
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Notes & Comment: The Real Thing
The seep of simulation into ordinary life has been relentless. Will there be a backlash?
by Cullen Murphy

Brief Lives: Artful Restorations
An ébéniste in New York is keeping a dying art alive.
by Marshall Jon Fisher

seahorse picture The Environment: Noisy Highways
They are a familiar and ugly sight, the mile upon mile of sound-dampening barriers along major highways. Some inventive ways exist to make them more attractive.
by Philip Langdon

Fiction & Poetry

A poem
by John Skoyles

Satan: Hijacker of a Planet
A short story
by Louise Erdrich

Golden Bough: The Feather Palm
A poem
by Susan Mitchell

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Arts & Leisure

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Even people who have never visited Naples can list reasons (the grime, the crime) not to go. Those reasons no longer pertain.
by Corby Kummer

Computers: Zoot!
"Shareware" provides an alternative to the dominance of the major software houses.
by James Fallows


The King Who Sent the Armada
Philip of Spain, by Henry Kamen
by Francis X. Rocca

The Roots of War
Blood Rites: Origins and History of the Passions of War, by Barbara Ehrenreich
by Thomas Powers

The Academy vs. the Humanities
Literature Lost: Social Agendas and the Corruption of the Humanities, by John M. Ellis
by Frank Kermode

Brief Reviews
by Phoebe-Lou Adams

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by Anne H. Soukhanov
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