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The Zealot

Arthur Koestler’s manic intellectual career

Books of the Year

Atlantic literary editor Benjamin Schwarz picks the 25 best in a crowded field

On Being a Bad Mother

True confessions

What’s Your Problem?

Double-X Films

Not just chick flicks, the movies of Nora Ephron and Nancy Meyers defy categorization and provide a sentimental education for everyone.

Fern Glade

Cover to Cover

SOCAR Oil Fields #3, Baku, Azerbaijan, 2006

An Outline of Psychoanalysis

The New New Advertising

Fern Glade

The poet reads this poem aloud

A Woman's Touch

James Parker comments on his favorite scenes from When Harry Met Sally and What Women Want

Cover to Cover

The Pity of War

Is leading one’s own troops to slaughter ever justified?


Houses of the Future

Four years after the levee failures, New Orleans is seeing an unexpected boom in architectural experimentation. Small, independent developers are succeeding in getting houses built where the government has failed. And the city's unique challenges—among them environmental impediments, an entrenched culture of leisure, and a casual acquaintance with regulation—are spurring design innovations that may redefine American architecture for a generation.

Mad About Mad Men

What’s wrong—and what’s gloriously right—with AMC’s hit show

Retching With the Stars

The addictive appeal of Dr. Drew Pinsky’s Celebrity Rehab

Villanelle with a Refrain from the Wall Street Journal

The Burning Ship



Where Time Comes From

The clocks that coordinate your cellphone, GPS, and more


Computer Vision Syndrome and You

Save your eyes. Take breaks.


What Happens in 60 Seconds

Quantifying human activity around the world



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