Fiction Issue

Stories by Richard Russo, Cynthia Ozick, Tim Gautreaux, and others; E.L. Doctorow on historical fiction, Francine Prose on reading like a writer, Megan Marshall on academic discourse and adulterous intercourse; and much more.

The Atlantic - Fiction Issue

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The Safe

A junkyard mystery

Arts & Letters

This is the seventh in a series of archival excerpts in honor of the magazine's 150th anniversary.


Whitmore, 1969

Back from Vietnam, seeking salvation in Bob Dylan


“Oh, you’ll succeed just fine,” he told her. “You’ll just never be any good.”

Night Bus

The treacherous route to Lagos
Interviews: Ada Udechukwu, author of the short story "Night Bus," discusses art, writing, and the politics of her troubled homeland

What Happened to the Baby?

Uncle Simon was crazy about words. Really crazy


Close Reading

Learning to write by learning to read
Interviews: Novelist and critic Francine Prose talks about creativity, literary craftsmanship, and her new book, Reading Like a Writer.

Notes on the History of Fiction

Who would give up the Iliad for the “real” historical record?


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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