Book Review

Tales From the Crypt

Two books uncover the romance and adventure of archaeology.

The Reactionary

The charming, sinister G. K. Chesterton

Horror for Kids

How Goosebumps outlasted Harry Potter by terrifying fourth-graders and mocking their parents

Canon Fodder

A library bets on future literary stars.

Slight Tremor

The Death of Slavery

A poem hailing the demise of slavery’s “cruel reign”

America’s Rock Band

How R.E.M.’s almost-utterances allowed listeners to find their own meaning

Waiting for Ditka

Thirty years after he saved Chicago, the fabled Bears coach is everywhere—and nowhere.

Cover to Cover

The Perfect Wife

The nicest star in Hollywood, plus the man who made what Americans looked at

The Autumn of Joan Didion

The writer’s work is a triumph—and a disaster.

The Secrets

For the Union Dead

The classic 1960 poem pays tribute to the glory of the Civil War era.

Ode to Lincoln

The magazine’s first editor gives poetic voice to the nation’s grief.

The Cumberland

A poem commemorating a mighty Union ship done in by the Virginia, a rebel “ironclad”

Barbara Frietchie

The classic poem mythologizing an old woman who flew her Union flag as the rebels marched past


A poem in praise of soldiers who gave up their lives for the Union

Bardic Symbols

The author’s first Atlantic poem

Paul Revere’s Ride

The famous Revolutionary War poem that’s really about slavery

The Mistress of Sydenham Plantation

The famous novelist’s tale of an elderly Southerner, oblivious to what the war had cost her.

The Case of George Dedlow

An absurdist short story about a Union doctor—which many Atlantic readers erroneously believed at the time to be nonfiction.

The Brothers

Set in a wartime hospital, a short story about a family with a poisonous secret

A True Story, Word for Word as I Heard It

The Man Without a Country

The famous short story about an Army officer who learns, too late, to love his country

The Story of a Year

One of the earliest pieces published by the author, who was 21 years old at the time


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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