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American Graffiti

At Work in the Fields of the Mouse (September 15, 1999)
What do you get when a postmodernist ethnographer from New York City decides to live and work among the natives of Celebration, Florida, Disney's neo-utopian town? Mark Dery talks with Andrew Ross, the author of The Celebration Chronicles. By Mark Dery

At Lunch With Ernest Hemingway (July 21, 1999)
The exclusive Atlantic Unbound interview with the author of In Our Time, The Sun Also Rises, and now True at First Light. By Sven Birkerts

An Eruption of Freakery (April 22, 1999)
Forget the mainstream. As cultural pathologists like Mark Dery argue, the clues to deciphering millennial America may lie at its extremes. By Scott Stossel

After the Fall (January 21, 1999)
A look at the latest book by the inimitable George W. S. Trow, whose media archaeology unearths the hidden narrative of postwar American life. By Sven Birkerts

That's Entertainment (December 2, 1998)
Somehow, amid the celebration of Tom Wolfe's new novel, A Man in Full, there seems to have been a slight misunderstanding. By Sven Birkerts

Escape from Pleasantville! (November 4, 1998)
"Do the writers and concept people in Hollywood routinely take tea together, or are they all honing in separately on our most latent anxieties?" By Sven Birkerts

Symptoms of the Culture Wars (September 2, 1998)
The much-publicized intellectual conflicts of the past decade may have lost their intensity, but they haven't lost their importance. A book like Marjorie Garber's latest reminds us why. By Scott Stossel

The View from the Cheap Seats (March 18, 1998)
Low-tech, hyper-personal, and fiercely independent, the zine subculture has a few lessons for the digital nation. By Charles Hutchinson

Dr. Thompson and the Spirit of the Age (August 26, 1997)
Sven Birkerts looks at Hunter S. Thompson's The Proud Highway and wonders whatever happened to sex, drugs, and the New Journalism. Plus, a multimedia interview with Hunter S. Thompson, scourge of presidents, the press, and the politically correct. By Sven Birkerts and Matthew Hahn

Global Warnings: Ecophobia (August 7, 1997)
A night of unrest on a planet that never sleeps. By Marshall Fisher

Thank You for Coming and La La La (June 12, 1997)
"Dismissing [the band] Pavement is only possible if one mistakes irony for cynicism and self-awareness for camp." By James Surowiecki

When Armageddon Looms (April 30, 1997)
"As the popularity of The X-Files suggests, Americans find paranoia strangely exhilarating. This is nothing new." By James Surowiecki

Is It So Bad to Be Banal? (April 2, 1997)
"[Suburbia is] the place where America gave up its dreams of transforming the world and settled for mowing the lawn. But it's only if you think that transforming the world is possible that mowing the lawn can seem contemptible." By James Surowiecki

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