Me And My Moguls

A portraitist who has mastered the art of the suck-up putdown

Royal Pain

Further adventures of Rick Renard. A short story

Second Coming

Ralph Reed, now born again as a political strategist, has moved on from doing God's work to doing George W. Bush's

Reactionary Prophet

Edmund Burke understood before anyone else that revolutions devour their young—and turn into their opposites

The Valley Of The King

Beyond a crack in the Afghan mountains lies a lost world, the hunting grounds of King Mohammed Zahir Shah

Primary Considerations

If the first presidential primary were held in the "most representative" state, which one would that be?

Nasty, Brutish, and Short

Our author finds Jeffrey Masson's "divertingly amateurish" style likely to broaden the audience for the animal-rights movement in a way that Peter Singer and Matthew Scully never could

Domesticated Goddess

"Dying is an art," said Sylvia Plath. But so is living, and she excelled at both—not that her biographers, with one wise and big-hearted exception, have noticed

The Enthusiasts

A report from deep in the grass roots

Primary Sources

The kind of body count Americans can tolerate; the aggrieved boyfriend as terrorist; why the "dirty bomb" threat is real; finally—the truth about bullies and their victims

A More Perfect Union

How the Founding Fathers would have handled gay marriage

John Ashcroft’s Permanent Campaign

In the liberal imagination Attorney General John Ashcroft is an authoritarian and a religious zealot, bent on sacrificing liberty to achieve the illusion of safety from terror. But those who see Ashcroft as a zealot are missing Ashcroft the canny politician—a man beholden to both his polls and his God

The Case Against Perfection

What's wrong with designer children, bionic athletes, and genetic engineering

Clearer Than the Truth

Duplicity in foreign affairs has sometimes served the national interest. But the case of Iraq is different

True to his Words

A year ago this month Michael Kelly, a former editor in chief of The Atlantic, died in Iraq while on assignment for the magazine. A collection of Kelly's writings, Things Worth Fighting For, will be published in April by the Penguin Press. The editor of that volume remembers his colleague and friend as a writer and as a man


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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