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mcvs9709 picture seahorse pictureA Grief Like No Other

Nearly a half million Americans have been murdered in the past two decades alone -- and we are by now accustomed, perhaps almost inured, to such grim statistics. What we almost never hear about is the lives lived by the loved ones each murder victim leaves behind. Many parents of murdered children have turned to one another for support.

by Eric Schlosser

seahorse picture Notes on the Twentieth Century

There is no denying that the present century has fully earned its fearsome reputation, but it has also seen breakthroughs that we must endeavor to recognize, and to preserve.

by Hans Koning

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Notes & Comment: A Civic Duty to Annoy
A functioning community requires tolerance, and tolerance requires provocation to keep it strong.
by Wendy Kaminer

The first hint of trouble was a spike in the minutes of phone time to a little-known Eastern European country. A case study in the perils of the electronic world.
by Marshall Jon Fisher

Brief Lives: Something in the Water
Beware the common sponge -- and other advice from a microbiologist whose pursuit of everyday pathogens has taken him, unfortunately, everywhere.
by Cullen Murphy

Humor, Fiction, & Poetry

seahorse picture The Poet
A poem
by Jane Hirshfield

The Banks of the Vistula
A short story
by Rebecca Lee

Evening News
A drawing
by Guy Billout

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Arts & Leisure

seahorse picture Travel: Peeping in Peace
In Canada's Maritime Provinces you can avoid the congestion of New England's foliage season but still get the foliage.
by Barbara Wallraff

Food: In a Fishbowl
Variations on the classic fish soup with the long French name.
by Corby Kummer


A Subversive Sympathy
Remembering Peter Taylor.
by Robert Wilson

High School and the New Jobs
Teaching the New Basic Skills: Principles for Educating Children to Thrive in a Changing Economy, by Richard J. Murnane and Frank Levy
by Ralph Whitehead Jr.

Brief Reviews
by Phoebe-Lou Adams

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