James Fallows, "When George Meets John"; Joshua Green, "Dumb and Dumber"; Mark Bowden, "Pompadour With a Monkey Wrench"; Joshua Micah Marshall, "Kerry Faces the World"; Robert D. Kaplan, "Five Days in Fallujah"; Benjamin Wittes, "Enemy Americans"; William F. Buckley, Jr., "Aweigh"; P. J. O'Rourke, "I Agree With Me"; fiction by Robert Olen Butler; and much more.
What you know if you've seen the show live...
The photographs were shocking—but the disturbing reality is that for some people they clearly weren't
Teens aren't as warped as some of the books about them
One of the foremost scholars of Soviet history assesses an ambitious new biography of Stalin
Why are campaign commercials so bad?
Even for educated readers, Leon Trotsky survives as part kitsch and part caricature. But the reissue of a majestic biography reveals him as he always was—a prophetic moralist
Insurgents in Iraq are forging improbable alliances to fight what some analysts call a "netwar." The United States needs to adapt—and to relearn some old lessons
What would a John Kerry foreign policy look like? In some ways a lot like one the current President's father could endorse
A report card on Iraq; why gambling is good for business; the Muslim passion for Mel Gibson; winners and losers in the modern marriage pool
Cole Porter's real secret was not the gay life a new film biography will highlight. It was how he made his songs
Lakhdar Brahimi understands that perhaps neither peace nor justice is possible in Iraq—which may make him just the man the country needs
Susan Sontag and Pauline Kael: a curious combination
At the end of Louise Erdrich's Tracks (1988), the fearsome, fetching, dangerously divine Fleur Pillager—a Chippewa earth mother so idolized by the…
When was the last time a conservative talk show changed a mind?
Do you have a word fugitive you'd like The Atlantic's help finding? Send e-mail to Barbara Wallraff at email@example.com. Letters become the…
What to read this month
The world's most athletic nations
Since his capture, last December, Saddam Hussein has been held by the U.S. military. He is no doubt wondering about his eventual fate, and so are…
Presidential debates always put more importance on projecting character than on being right. George W. Bush and John Kerry can both boast of never having lost a debate, though the two candidates rely on strikingly dissimilar sets of skills. A viewer's guide to this fall's version of "asymmetric warfare"
All our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf —ISAIAH 64:6 After my mother's father died, she gave me his morocco…
Hear the author read this poem (in RealAudio) A black umbrella furled. in deepest mourning waits. in the hall, tears. drying on its…
Al Sharpton will presumably have a moment in the spotlight at this summer's Democratic convention. But his goal has never been the presidency; he wants to become the leader of Black America. Problem is, that job no longer exists
Since the beginning of spring Fallujah has been at the heart of U.S. military preoccupations in Iraq. Our correspondent accompanied the first unit of Marines to assault the city after the murder and mutilation last April of four American civilians. He filed this report
Jose Padilla and Yaser Esam Hamdi are American citizens. The Bush Administration has claimed the right to imprison them indefinitely without charge or trial, on the grounds that they are "enemy combatants" in the war on terror. Does a new kind of war require new kinds of laws?
A master and commander decides, after a lifetime on the water, that he will no longer go down to the sea
"Captain," I say, "you've got about two hundred Mexican soldiers waiting for you in the plaza"
Updating Philon of Byzantium's famous list
The modern condition is to be overwhelmed by everything. Now comes David Allen, who can teach even you how to stop stewing and start doing
Journalist Robert D. Kaplan joined U.S. Marines as they stormed Fallujah, and returned to share his impressions
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Robert Olen Butler talks about tapping into different points of view and writing "from the place where you dream"