Letters to the Editor
Readers from Paris, New York and Jakarta
respond to Topic 3: Cities
Remember Magic Eye?
The editors explain how to view the cover
and admit that they canít do it either.
From the Editor:
Sombody get this man a Ninja Turtle!
Blips on the Radar
T.C. Boyle has made a career out of exposing
ludicrous fads, whether it be the health hysteria of the 1900s
or the commune craze of the 1970s.
Topic sat him down to find out how today stacks up.
As it turns out, we're nuttier than ever.
Building a Better Fad
Predicting fads for most people is a pastime
for Jon Berry, it's a profession.
Here he shares a cookbook for the next big thing.
Extreme Market Research
Pro-skater Ocean Howell looks back on
his career in the eye of the skateboarding storm.
Tales from the underbelly of skater-cool.
Topic features the work of Malian photographer Malick Sidibé,
whose defining images exposed the edges of 1960s Bamako.
According to British author William Shaw,
hip-hop was determined not to become a white, suburban fad.
How did it fail so spectacularly?
Selling the Lama
What do you do when your religion makes it into Vogue?
Vishvapani suggests what to make of Buddhism-lite.
The developer of T.V.'s 'Big Brother' sits back
to observe his own era in broadcasting.
It's been two decades since Cabbage Patch Kids
blanketed America. Historian and enthusiast Ann Wilhite
remembers finding a friendin the 1980s' most popular doll.
Love is Everything
Brazilian writer Patrícia Melo calls the perfect body
the newest worldwide pathology nowhere more so than Rio.
Translated from the Portuguese by Cliff Laanders
All That Glistens
The life and times of the shonky Peter Foster.
David Fickling reports from the Aussie Gold Coast.
Burying the Dead
The short, strange fad that was
Ben Ehrenreich's Grateful Dead.
So, You Wanna Be a Rock Star?
Industry legend Danny Fields shares what it takes
to make it in the music business: know what you like.
Interviewed by Brian C. Crocker
New, Improved Hydrogen And Oxygen
Tim Morris reports from Texas on all those bottles
and the future of the water industry.
As Seen on T.V.!
Topic features the work of Argentinean photographer
Marcos Lopez, whose depictions of today's Buenos Aires reveal
a city dancing tango to a country music twang.
The Royal Road to Learning
Educational historian Diane Ravitch explores
the quest for cutting corners in America's schools.
English for Beginners
Who knew this language could be so complicated?
Simon Elmes deconstructs how we speak today
and predicts what will be gone tomorrow.
Today's Ukraine: the land that fads forgot.
Translated from the Russian by Alex Milner
Nostalgia in a Post-Genocidal Society
Peter Dickinson edits Kiev's What's On magazine.
To his mind, fads in Ukraine are alive, well
and a little bit disturbing.
Globalisation on the Ground
Noreena Hertz, author, academic and activist,
locates the passion for protest.
What do you do when your cause becomes a fad?
Why Oil Sheiks Love a Good Hummer
The battle over America's petroleum addiction.
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