Herewith, our pick of Salon's 50 most entertaining, provocative and important stories of 1999, in chronological order. Each day this week we'll add 10 to the list. We hope you enjoy this chance to read some great writing you might have missed first time around. And don't miss our "People's Choice" list of Salon's most-read articles of the year.
The baby girl I gave away By Ceil Malek
Putting up a baby for adoption was the first act of my adult life, but
it took me almost 30 years to face what that decision meant for me and
[01/04/99 -- Mothers Who Think]
Machine Dreams By Scott Rosenberg
In an industry of clones, Steve Jobs put his smart, stubborn, stylish stamp on our computers.
[01/05/99 -- People/Brilliant Careers]
Storming "The Beach" By Rolf Potts
A backpacker in search of adventure in Thailand puts the moves on Leonardo
[02/09/99 -- Travel]
Roger and him By Sarah Vowell
Remembering Gene Siskel, 1946-1999.
[02/24/99 -- Arts & Entertainment]
The fabulous kingdom of gay animals By Susan McCarthy
A biologists offers the first vision of a
tantalizingly diverse natural world: Not all
animals are straight arrows.
[03/15/99 -- Books/Ivory Tower]
Shades of Srebrenica By Laura Rozen
Refugees tell of Serbian soldiers commandeering
relief vehicles, echoing the Bosnian slaughter.
[04/02/99 -- News]
Sex Police By Sally Lehrman
The biology of sex is being hotly debated, as parents, doctors and researchers
reevaluate what it means to be male and female.
[04/05/99 -- Health & Body]
Funk soul mother By Susan Straight
Once my ex-husband and I danced to the funk as if we had no choice. Now, in
the kitchen on Saturday nights, I clean, listen, dance, remember.
[04/07/99 -- Mothers Who Think]
Breaking up with the Beats By David Gates
Kerouac and company were my first literary loves -- but I had to get off their road.
[04/12/99 -- Books]
Bad passenger, bad! By Elliott Neal Hester
Ah, the glamorous life of the
flight attendant, where you get punched, kicked and
[04/13/99 -- Travel]