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APRIL 1999 | Volume 283 No. 4
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This is the story of Tom O'Connor, a police officer patrolling the streets of the town where he was born and raised. And it is the story of a practical kind of wisdom, one that applies the law by turns firmly and loosely, and helps to make civilized life possible.

by Tracy Kidder

  • Web-Only: The Architecture of Daily Life
    An Atlantic Unbound interview with Tracy Kidder.

  • Living in Candlestick Park

    Cold War-era analyses of the international situation were often concerned with how the "great game" of foreign policy should be played. The next century's issue: not the rules of engagement but whether the playing field itself will remain intact.

    by John Lewis Gaddis

    Confucius and the Scholars

    New research has raised intriguing questions: Did Confucius actually teach the ethical principles that bear his name -- or is "Confucianism" in fact a later, Western concoction? Did the Chinese sage even exist?

    by Charlotte Allen
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    Notes & Comment: If the Shoe Fits
    How crisp are your utterances? What's the cost of being a nerd? Will you end up going to hell? Mathematical formulas now seem to exist for everything.
    by Cullen Murphy

    Foreign Affairs: Ambivalent Autonomy
    After seven centuries of English rule the people of Wales were recently given the chance to claim a measure of self-government. A lot of them don't want it.
    by Pamela Petro

    Technology: The Virus Wars
    Almost everyone who uses a computer has had to ward off infection by computer viruses. Now, for the first time, research holds out the promise of effective antibodies.
    by Robert Buderi

    Fiction & Poetry

    seahorse picture Piano
    A poem
    by Stanley Plumly

    seahorse picture Woman, Why Are You Weeping?
    A poem
    by Jane Kenyon

    Afternoon of the Sassanoa
    A short story
    by Jason Brown

    seahorse picture Lost Parrot
    A poem
    by Susan Mitchell

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    Arts & Leisure

    Travel: Touring Turin
    People often think of Milan as the best point of access to stylish, cosmopolitan northern Italy. Wrong.
    by Corby Kummer

    Music: Forget the Callas Legend
    Decades of pungent anecdotes have created a powerful -- and misleading -- public image of Maria Callas.
    by Matthew Gurewitsch


    Against Inequality
    The Stakeholder Society, by Bruce Ackerman and Anne Alstott
    by Jack Beatty

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    The Mercy: Poems, by Philip Levine
    by Peter Davison

  • Web-Only: A Useful Poetry
    An Atlantic Unbound interview with Philip Levine.

    Brief Reviews
    by Phoebe-Lou Adams

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    The Puzzler
    by Emily Cox & Henry Rathvon

    seahorse picture Word Watch
    by Anne H. Soukhanov

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