Why the “talkinest child” understands women and the power of television better than anyone else
Plus a history of the Bank of England
Eastwood? McQueen? Why James Garner is the real star of his era.
The Atlantic’s literary editor picks the five best of the crop.
A new film adaptation of John leCarré’s Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy prompts a look at the various incarnations of his greatest character, George Smiley.
New York's crime drop; T. S. Eliot's dark days
The secret of Modern Family’s runaway success: it’s just a sitcom.
Rather than the slackers or ironic celebrants, bowling camp attracts the strivers.
If you build a shiny new performing-arts center, will the creative class come?
David Lodge’s new novel of H. G. Wells’s very active love life
Our obsession with musical nostalgia is strangling pop.
A litany of scandals in recent years have made the corruption of college sports constant front-page news. We profess outrage each time we learn that yet another student-athlete has been taking money under the table. But the real scandal is the very structure of college sports, wherein student-athletes generate billions of dollars for universities and private companies while earning nothing for themselves. Here, a leading civil-rights historian makes the case for paying college athletes—and reveals how a spate of lawsuits working their way through the courts could destroy the NCAA.
Ambrose Bierce’s astringent prose style reflects the severity of his vision.
The brilliant foreignness of Australian crime fiction
Wearing earplugs could have saved the author’s hearing, but at the cost of his soul.
The author tries—and fails—to cash in on a big idea.
A new history vividly describes the agony and uncertainty of the journey west by America’s pioneers.