AUGUST 1999 | Volume 284 No. 2
seahorse picture A Politics for Generation X

Yes, Xers are more politically disengaged than members of previous generations. But they also share a set of beliefs -- fiscal conservatism, economic populism, environmental activism -- that cross traditional political boundaries.

by Ted Halstead

  • Web-Only: My So-Called Generation
    GenX writers respond to the August cover story, in an Atlantic Unbound Roundtable.

  • Thin Ice: "Stereotype Threat" and Black College Students

    On tests, even well-prepared middle-class black college students lag behind their white counterparts. A prominent black psychologist investigates why.

    by Claude M. Steele

    Tabloid Law

    When angry celebrities clash with the tabloid press, the real combatants are the lawyers. Who are these people?

    by Alex Beam
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    Notes & Comment:
    China: A World Power Again

    It is normal for China to be a significant actor on the world stage. The West -- the real newcomer -- had better get used to it.
    by Robert D. Kaplan

    Can Coffee Drinkers Save the Rain Forest?

    Growing coffee the old-fashioned way -- in the shade -- has enormous environmental benefits. Consumers could give the effort a push.
    by Jennifer Bingham Hull

    The Population Surprise

    The big demographic story of the next century could be the plunging world population.
    by Max Singer

    Humor, Fiction & Poetry

    The Periodic Table of Rejected Elements
    A diagram
    by Michael Gerber and Jonathan Schwarz

    Henry Clay's Mouth
    A poem
    by Thomas Lux

    Comparative Religion
    A short story
    by Lynna Williams

    Poem for the End of the Century
    A poem
    by John Haines

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    Arts & Leisure

    Ubud, the Heart of Bali

    Achieving a state of tranquil languor among the green hills of Bali's interior.
    by Jamie James

    Living With Linux

    Linux has been widely discussed as if it represented a political system or an economic system -- which, indeed, it does. But how does it stack up as something you might actually use?
    by Charles C. Mann


    Is Work Bad for You?
    The Corrosion of Character: The Personal Consequences of Work in the New Capitalism, by Richard Sennett
    by Michael Hammer

    Brief Reviews
    by Phoebe-Lou Adams

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