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IN describing changes to the format of The Atlantic Monthly that were made in 1937, the editors acknowledged the need always "to accommodate the modern temper."

Not surprisingly, the modern temper still needs accommodating. To that end -- and in very much the same spirit as was evidenced sixty years ago -- our new-media editors have for the past few years been building an addition to The Atlantic where we hope that readers from around the world will congregate: our World Wide Web site, known as Atlantic Unbound (www.TheAtlantic.com). We're pleased to announce that the site was one of five nominated this year for the first-ever National Magazine Award for general excellence in new media. (Three Atlantic stories were also nominated for the fiction award: "Horse Heaven Hills," by Christina Adam; "The Greatest Show on Earth," by Sheila Gordon; and "Cosmopolitan," by Akhil Sharma.)

First-time visitors to Atlantic Unbound will be surprised at the depth and range of material offered. Each month articles from the current edition of The Atlantic are made available online and enhanced for the Web with links to past Atlantic articles, primary sources, other Web sites of interest, audio clips, and more. Back issues, starting with September, 1995, are also easy to call up and search. When topical and relevant, articles from The Atlantic's print archives are included as well; our "Flashbacks" archive already contains many of The Atlantic's most historically important articles, and it continues to grow. A consistent draw to the site are the Poetry Pages -- especially the "Audible Anthology," in which poets with work in the print edition read their poems aloud. Atlantic Unbound receives some 50,000 visits each week, and the number is growing.

Atlantic Unbound is much more than simply The Atlantic Monthly online. It is host to regular original columns by Atlantic editors and writers, dispatches from our overseas correspondents, interviews with our contributors, book excerpts and readings, interactive word games, and more. Most important, perhaps, is Post & Riposte, an open online forum in which readers from around the world engage one another in conversation and debate. Each month we invite authors in the current issue of The Atlantic to discuss their articles in Post & Riposte; members of The Atlantic's editorial staff are also often on hand to take part in the discussions. The result is stimulating discourse at a level that is rare online. We invite you to join the conversation.

--THE EDITORS

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