Lane Wallace

Lane Wallace is a pilot and adventure writer. She is the author of Surviving Uncertainty: Taking a Hero's Journey.

  • The Ghosts of Christmas Present

    Of all the presents I've ever given, the best reaction, ever, was to a battery-operated toy puppy I gave my three-and-a-half-year-old niece one…

  • A Pound of Flesh

    For the most part, I've been watching the unfolding drama surrounding Tiger Woods with a bit of detachment. I am, to be sure, exceedingly glad that I…

  • Inexcusable Pilot Excuses

    Like many people (including my Atlantic colleague Jim Fallows), when I first heard about Northwest Airlines Flight 188 going radio silent for 75…

  • Scientists in the Bunker

    The first thought that crossed my mind, reading about the embarrassing leak of emails from climate scientists at the University of East Anglia--a…

  • Who Needs the Grid?
    Stephen Savage

    Who Needs the Grid?

    A new fuel-cell technology promises to revolutionize access to cheap, clean energy.

  • Oprah's Chicago School of Economics

    How on earth did Oprah Winfrey--an unlikely media mogul if there ever was one--get so popular, powerful and rich, all at the same time? Ever since…

  • Getting the Gurus We Deserve

    In a democracy, it is said, we get the government we deserve. The same can be said of bestselling guru prescriptives. Malcolm Gladwell's new book…

  • A Skewed View of Normal

    The front page of Sunday's New York Times carried an eye-opening story about statements a number of Congressional Representatives--both Republican…

  • Predicting the End of the World

    The movie 2012 opens Friday, predicated on the notion that on December 21, 2012, as the most recent Mayan long-form calendar cycle (5,125.366…

  • What's Lost When A Language Dies

    There's been a certain poignancy to Veteran's Day, in recent times, as the very last keepers of exactly what November 11th means close their aging…

  • The Berlin Wall: A Lesson in Change

    There's been a lot of discussion, this week, about whether President Obama has fulfilled enough promises or expectations of change since his election…

  • Marathon Elitism

    In the extensive coverage surrounding the 40th running of the New York City marathon this past weekend, more than one piece questioned whether…

  • New Notes on the Uses of Music

    I have often felt a little envious of my professional musician friends. Not for the obvious reasons (getting to play in a band and get paid for it,…

  • Enough About Amelia

    On Friday, the latest biopic about Amelia Earhart -- this one a $20 million feature film starring Hilary Swank and Richard Gere -- opens in theaters…

  • Brains, Books and the Future of Print

    Are print books really about to disappear, overtaken like horse-drawn carriages in the age of Detroit and the Ford Model T? Truth is, nobody knows.…

  • Reality-Show Journalism?

    "It seemed like a good idea at the time." This sheepish and quintessential explanation of really bad ideas put forth into the world was uttered, I'm…

  • Unintended Consequences

    In the 1840s, a French economist named Frederic Bastiat wrote:In the economic sphere, an act, a habit, an institution, a law produces not only one…

  • Can Good Leadership Be Learned?

    At first glance, I thought that Alan Deutschman's new book, Walk the Walk: The #1 Rule for Real Leaders, was an exercise in belaboring the obvious.…

  • Can Creative Genius Lead to Madness?

    Every strength has a flip side, as my mother always says. The same communication trait that makes it easy for me to write volumes of words also means…

  • On Language, Art ... and Getting the Point Across

    In every field, there are artists who rise above the rest of us. I look up and marvel at the beauty of the stars. My Uncle Ned, who's a…


A New York City Minute, Frozen in Time

This short film takes you on a whirling tour of the Big Apple


What Happened to the Milky Way?

Light pollution has taken away our ability to see the stars. Can we save the night sky?


The Faces of #BlackLivesMatter

Scenes from a recent protest in New York City


Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Life

The Supreme Court justice talks gender equality and marriage.


The Pentagon's $1.5 Trillion Mistake

The F-35 fighter jet was supposed to do everything. Instead, it can barely do anything.



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