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mcvs9801 picture seahorse pictureThe Great Climate Flip-flop

Over the millennia temperature change on our planet has not always occurred gradually: warmings and coolings, we now know, have sometimes been both profound and abrupt. There is good reason to believe that global warming could trigger a "climate flip" that results in not warmth, as popular scenarios would have it, but a catastrophic cooling. Stabilizing the climate is not a simple matter -- and cutting down on greenhouse gases may not suffice.

by William H. Calvin

Saving The Nation

The author, the new owner of a perennially struggling opinion magazine, is a left-wing idealist suspicious of corporate power. So what is he doing at Harvard Business School?

by Victor Navasky

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Notes & Comment: It's Radi-O!
Far from anywhere, the author comes as close to a magical experience as he ever will.
by Richard Rubin

seahorse picture The Economy: Toward a Global Open Society
The outspoken financier outlines more sharply a position for which he has been roundly attacked: that the global capitalist system urgently needs to be protected from itself.
by George Soros

seahorse picture Society: Changing the World on a Shoestring
Obtaining high yields from small investments is any businessperson's dream. A quietly innovative foundation believes that social change can be obtained the same way.
by David Bornstein

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by Mary Karr

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by Bobbie Ann Mason

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A poem
by William Matthews

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The chief drawback of being a tourist in Greece is all the other tourists. The author offers a tested strategy for finding the Greece many visitors want but never see.
by Jeffrey Tayler

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On a ten-day cruise an eminent jazz critic gets a chance to do what usually he only writes about.
by Whitney Balliett


A Writer Who is Good for You
Jane Austen: A Biography, by Claire Tomalin; Jane Austen: A Life, by David Nokes
by Lee Siegel

The Socialist Who Loved Keats
Irving Howe -- literary man, political radical, champion of lost causes -- reconsidered: a portrait of the critic as intellectual hero.
by Nathan Glick

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