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FEBRUARY 1999 | Volume 283 No. 2
mcvs9902 picture A New Germ Theory

A prominent evolutionary biologist, whose views on how pathogens become virulent have won wide attention, now argues that many of the chronic "noninfectious" diseases of our time -- including common forms of heart disease, cancer, and mental illness -- will turn out to be caused by infection. Behind his radical thinking lie the dictates of evolution.

by Judith Hooper

Tibet Through Chinese Eyes

The truth about Tibet is not simple. Chinese repression is real -- but even if repression did not exist, Tibet's culture would be threatened by economic forces that neither the Tibetans nor the Chinese can fully control.

by Peter Hessler

Who Owns Intelligence?

The researcher who pioneered the concept of "multiple intelligences" considers the issues that lie ahead: how those intelligences will be tested, and what -- if anything -- they have to do with creativity or values.

by Howard Gardner
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Notes & Comment: The Penumbra of Pedigree
After a half century's absence, the fabled Almanach de Gotha -- Europe's official record of noble bloodlines -- is again being published.
by Geoffrey Wheatcroft

Foreign Affairs: Exiled Beyond Kilometer 101
A taste of life in rural Ozyory makes Moscow seem like Oz.
by Jeffrey Tayler

Fiction, & Poetry

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A poem
by Rodney Jones

seahorse picture The Man With the Lapdog
A short story
by Beth Lordan

  • Web-Only: An Odd Thing About Small Towns
    An Atlantic Unbound interview with Beth Lordan.

    Any Time
    A poem
    by W. S. Merwin

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  • Arts & Leisure

    Travel: A Mecca for Modernists
    Its reputation for quaintness notwithstanding, the Netherlands has been a showcase for architecture's avant-garde throughout the twentieth century.
    by Francine Russo

    Music: Black and White Intertwined
    A new book dispels the widely held notion that white musicians made no significant contribution to the development of jazz.
    by William H. Youngren


    This Hawaii Is Not for Tourists
    Heads by Harry, by Lois-Ann Yamanaka
    by Jamie James

    America's Heart
    Gotham: A History of New York City to 1898, by Edwin G. Burrows and Mike Wallace
    by Timothy J. Gilfoyle

    Satan's Biographers
    Explaining Hitler: The Search for the Origins of His Evil, by Ron Rosenbaum; Hitler: Diagnosis of a Destructive Prophet, by Fritz Redlich, M.D.
    by Lawrence L. Langer

    Brief Reviews
    by Phoebe-Lou Adams

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    The Puzzler
    by Emily Cox & Henry Rathvon

    Word Improvisation
    by J. E. Lighter

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