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mcvs9710 picture seahorse pictureThe Near-Myth of Our Failing Schools

There never was a golden age of education in America, and the present condition of the schools is far less gloomy than the rhetoric of alarm allows. But good news undermines almost everybody's agenda of reform.

by Peter Schrag

An Anatomy Lesson

The author, while attending the Yugoslav war-crimes tribunal in The Hague, is drawn to the companionship of a famous painting by Rembrandt.

by Lawrence Weschler

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The public perception of air-traffic control is that the work is impossibly burdensome, that there is no room for error or inattention, and that passengers' lives hang continually in the balance. The reality looks different.

by William Langewiesche

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seahorse picture Notes & Comment: To Whale or Not to Whale
The International Whaling Commission this month must decide whether to ease its ban on all commercial whaling. No decision it makes can be the absolutely correct one.
by Mark Derr

seahorse picture Society: Can the Government Prevent Divorce?
Some researchers say they can tell (sort of) which prospective marriages are destined (maybe) for failure. Now moves are afoot to harden research findings into public policy.
by Francine Russo

Brief Lives: The Music of Silence
A family member's transformation from accomplished musician and glamorous man of Parisian society into Benedictine hermit, liberated by solitude.
by Phyllis Rose

Fiction, & Poetry

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by Garrison Keillor

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A poem
by Robert Morgan

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A poem
by William Matthews

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by Nina Cassian

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Travel: White Snow, Red Rock
On foot among the canyons around Sedona, Arizona.
by Peter Davison

Theater: Maria, Not Callas
Terrence McNally's Master Class is less about the historical diva than about the wellsprings of supremacy in art.
by Matthew Gurewitsch

seahorse picture Architecture: Keeping the Modern Modern
The Museum of Modern Art plans an expansion. Anointing an architect has overtones of a religious act.
by Witold Rybczynski


An Underhistory of Mid-Century America
Underworld, by Don DeLillo
by Tom LeClair

Brief Reviews
by Phoebe-Lou Adams

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