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MARCH 1999 | Volume 283 No. 3
mcvs9903 picture Victory at Sea

Recent movies and books have celebrated the land battles of the Second World War. But for the United States the war began as a contest of sea power. The naval struggles in the Atlantic and the Pacific were vastly different but ultimately proved to be militarily decisive. And yet for many Americans the naval campaigns are the least familiar part of the conflict. A distinguished historian looks afresh at how the Second World War was waged upon the oceans.

by David M. Kennedy

Can of Worms

There is a time-honored method, involving a wooden stake and a metal bar, whereby the skilled baiters of the Florida Panhandle can call worms out of the ground by the hundreds and even the thousands -- some of the best earthworms in the world, fishermen claim. One day the government decided to levy a new tax on this harvest.

by Kenneth Brower
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Notes & Comment: The Market as God
The Supreme Being of religious worship has sometimes been defined as omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent. Hmmm. The business pages embrace an uncannily similar theology.
by Harvey Cox

Urban Life: Pick Your Part
The author writes, "We got in a long line of guys with hopeful expressions on their faces and socket wrenches in their hands, paid our one dollar apiece at the gate, and went in."
by Ian Frazier

Foreign Affairs: How to Steal a Diamond
Little happens in Namaqualand, except "leakage."
by Matthew Hart

Humor, Fiction, & Poetry

seahorse picture The Gilgul of Park Avenue
A short story
by Nathan Englander

  • Web-Only: Worlds Apart
    An Atlantic Unbound interview with Nathan Englander.

    Dooryard Flower
    A poem
    by Ellen Bryant Voigt

    A drawing
    by Guy Billout

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  • Arts & Leisure

    Travel: On Top of the World
    Our correspondent ventures along the 800-mile length of the Karakoram Highway, the treacherous high-altitude track linking China and Pakistan.
    by Jeffrey Tayler

    Food: Doing Good by Eating Well
    The founders of the Slow Food movement believe, happily, that the best way to preserve endangered regional foods is to consume them.
    by Corby Kummer


    Taming the Savage Noble
    At Home With the Marquis de Sade, by Francine du Plessix Gray
    by Francis X. Rocca

    seahorse picture What Makes Poetry "Poetic"?
    The Sounds of Poetry, by Robert Pinsky
    by David Barber

    Brief Reviews
    by Phoebe-Lou Adams

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    The Puzzler
    by Emily Cox & Henry Rathvon

    seahorse picture Word Court
    by Barbara Wallraff

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