David Samuels, "In a Ruined Country"; Sridhar Pappu, "The Holy Cow! Candidate"; fiction by Christopher Buckley; Lori Gottlieb, "The XY Files"; Christopher Hitchens on Salman Rushdie; Stuart Tayler Jr. on the Supreme Court's greatest flaw; Sandra Tsing Loh on a mother who fled; and much more.
The Supreme Court's greatest failing is not ideological bias—it's the justices' increasingly tenuous grasp of how the real world works
Will Nicolas Sarkozy vanquish his mentor Jacques Chirac to become France's first "American" president?
Actually, the Supreme Court's problem is not merely disconnection from the real world—it's also arrogance, dishonesty, grandiosity, and a lack of respect for principle, history, or logic
When a live grenade landed near President George W. Bush while he was addressing thousands of Georgians in Tbilisi's Freedom Square, in May, he…
"Whenever anonymity is granted, it should be the subject of energetic negotiation to arrive at phrasing that will tell the reader as much as…
Terrorism tallies; do good grades cost minority kids popularity?; the long-term benefits of nonviolence; why athletes should wear red
How Yasir Arafat destroyed Palestine
In which Rick Renard, PR hustler par excellence, sets out to save Grimland's gentle giants of the deep. A short story
What to watch for in the weeks ahead
Correction Editors' Note:An article in the May 2005 issue of The Atlantic—"The Coming Death Shortage," by Charles Mann—made reference to a…
Forgoing a trip down the aisle, our correspondent heads straight to the sperm bank. But does she want the Truffaut aficionado or the mentor to underprivileged kids?
Men's books that women should read
The situation in horrible, magical modern Kashmir—where East battles East in a war that fuses the psychopathic and the apocalyptic—defies political analysis. But Salman Rushdie's new novel captures it as nothing else can
A grudging salute to an absentee mom
Top five works of fiction and nonfiction, as of June 2005, based on sales data reported by India Today magazine. FICTION1. The Broker, by John…
Why our farm animals would be better off on the other side of the Atlantic
What makes good writing good
A selective index to this month's issue
Finds and flops
Daniel S. Weir, of East Aurora, New York, writes, "A usage that I've begun seeing and hearing disturbs me. A recent newspaper headline read, 'School…
Edward J. von Kloberg III (1942—2005)
What to read this month—and what not to
photograph by Stephen Hird
A field guide
Mitt Romney, the governor of Massachusetts, loves data, hates waste, and reveres Dwight Eisenhower. He's also the Next Big Thing in the Republican Party. But can anyone so clean-cut, so pure of character, and (by gosh!) so square overcome the "two Ms"—Mormonism and Massachusetts—to be our next president?
"The FBI has cut substantially its backlog of untranslated audio recordings from terror and espionage investigations since an audit last year found…
Salman Rushdie talks about his new novel, Shalimar the Clown, the Islamic moral universe, and the crushing of Kashmir
David Samuels, the author of "In a Ruined Country," on how Yasir Arafat conned the world and destroyed a nation
Atlantic writing from the 1960s to the present on cloning, in vitro fertilization, egg donation, sperm donation, and more.