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The powerful social and economic currents that are irrevocably transforming the United States -- and all of North America -- are most visible along the Pacific coast. A dynamic mixture of peoples, especially Asians and Latinos, is creating a new "international civilization" with rapidly strengthening ties throughout the world. The American "imperium" that we have known for a century will not collapse the way ancient Rome did, the author writes, but the peaceful molting of American society is no less revolutionary.

by Robert D. Kaplan

"Invent Radium or I'll Pull Your Hair"

The author of this memoir was born into an haute bourgeois family in the Germany of Kaiser Wilhelm I. She inhabited a world whose special charms and horrors are today nearly lost to living memory. At the center of this stratified social world stood the author's mother -- at once prod and obstacle to an intrepid young woman's ambitions.

by Doris Drucker

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Notes & Comment: Road Rage Versus Reality
Has the alliterative appeal of the term itself conjured a phantom reality? No data support the existence of road rage as an epidemic, or even as a growing phenomenon. Indeed, the data contradict such findings.
by Michael Fumento

Foreign Affairs: The Libel of Moral Equivalence
Observers writing in the Western press imply that the Algerian government is responsible -- directly or indirectly -- for the recent massacres of villagers by Islamic terrorists. The charge is nonsense, the author argues, and reveals a deep ignorance of Algerian society.
by Roger Kaplan

Fiction & Poetry

A short story
by Richard Bausch

Passive Aggressive
A poem
by Martin Galvin

When You Tell Me
A poem
by Laurie Lamon

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Arts & Leisure

Travel: Paris at Your Feet
The best transportation in Paris is the kind you can take anywhere. And walkers can avail themselves of more good guidebooks than ever.
by Francine Prose

Food: Pesto by Hand
When it comes to food preparation, doing things the "old-fashioned way" often means enormous labor and meager payoff. But handmade pesto offers great rewards for not much extra work.
by Corby Kummer

Music: Craft's Stravinsky
Robert Craft is far more than the alter ego of the century's greatest composer.
by Allen Shawn


The Torch and the Hearth
Vestal Fire, by Stephen Pyne
by Steven Stoll

The Burden of James Dickey
Summer of Deliverance: A Memoir of Father and Son, by Christopher Dickey
by Peter Davison

Brief Reviews
by Phoebe-Lou Adams

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