May 2004

  • Gender-Neutral

    What whole story? The point of Ali Smith's new collection would seem to be that there is no such thing. Experience is infinitely divisible;…

  • Sunny Side Up?

    Rethinking our political fixation on the bright side of life

  • Funny Business

    When you're running for President, humor is no laughing matter

  • Poor Old Willie

    The life of W. Somerset Maugham was a good deal more "exquisite, dramatic, torrid, and tragic"—especially in his splendid Mediterranean exile—than any of his works

  • How Do I Look?

    Body armor is a must in some lines of work, and it gives "fashion plate" a whole new meaning

  • Going With The Grain

    True wild rice, for the past twenty years nearly impossible to find, is slowly being nurtured back to market

  • Foaling Season

    We could dress Sheila Altman in my sister's clothes and sell her my sister's horse, but what could she understand about the way things worked?

  • A Sea Story

    One of the worst maritime disasters in European history took place a decade ago. It remains very much in the public eye. On a stormy night on the Baltic Sea, more than 850 people lost their lives when a luxurious ferry sank below the waves. From a mass of material, including official and unofficial reports and survivor testimony, our correspondent has distilled an account of the Estonia's last moments—part of his continuing coverage for the magazine of anarchy on the high seas

  • Letters to the editor

    Nanny Wars Caitlin Flanagan ("How Serfdom Saved the Women's Movement," March Atlantic) flatters me in referring to my book The Price of Motherhood…

  • Kerry’s Consigliere

    For the legendary strategist Bob Shrum, a lifetime in Democratic politics comes down to John Kerry and a final shot at the White House

  • Hoosiers

    The lost world of Booth Tarkington

  • The Front-Runner’s Fall

    The Dean implosion up close, from the vantage point of the candidate's pollster

  • Fat Target

    It's starting to look like 1536 all over again

  • New & Noteworthy

    What to read this month

  • Primary Sources

    Your gay neighbors (and their children); what's really behind France's headscarf ban; why people don't tell lies over e-mail; the illusion of order in suburban schools; the scientific secret of sex appeal

  • Air Pollution

    FCC fines for indecency and obscenity

  • My Times

    A year after the Jayson Blair scandal, the deposed executive editor of The New York Times answers his critics, acknowledges his mistakes, deconstructs the events that ended his tumultuous tenure, and provides a no-holds-barred assessment of what he sees as a great newspaper in crisis

  • My Times

    A year after the Jayson Blair scandal, the deposed executive editor of The New York Times answers his critics, acknowledges his mistakes, deconstructs the events that ended his tumultuous tenure, and provides a no-holds-barred assessment of what he sees as a great newspaper in crisis

  • Neat Structure, Grand Notions

    Read one page of this English comedy and you'll not be surprised to learn that Gardam already has two Whitbread Awards under her belt. Her characters…

  • “Martini-Age Victorian”

    The novelist John P. Marquand was a brilliant satirist with a "dictaphonic ear" for dialogue

  • “Knifed”

    In 1968 the Kennedy family essentially blackballed a brother-in-law, Sargent Shriver, who was very close to being chosen as Hubert Humphrey's running mate. In doing so, they may have accidentally thrown the election to Richard Nixon

  • Hitler’s “Amerikabomber”

    The idea of flying planes into skyscrapers didn't originate with al-Qaeda

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CrossFit Versus Yoga: Choose a Side

How a workout becomes a social identity

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Is Technology Making Us Better Storytellers?

The minds behind House of Cards and The Moth weigh in.

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A Short Film That Skewers Hollywood

A studio executive concocts an animated blockbuster. Who cares about the story?

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In Online Dating, Everyone's a Little Bit Racist

The co-founder of OKCupid shares findings from his analysis of millions of users' data.

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What Is a Sandwich?

We're overthinking sandwiches, so you don't have to.

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Let's Talk About Not Smoking

Why does smoking maintain its allure? James Hamblin seeks the wisdom of a cool person.

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