November 2006

Joshua Green, "Hillary's Choice"; Ann Louise Bardach, "Twilight of the Assassins "; Jonathan Rauch, "Sex, Lies, and Videogames"; Mark Steyn on the Crocodile Hunter; Ilana Ozernoy on Karen Hughes; Michael Hirschorn on YouTube; and much more.


Take Two: Hillary's Choice

How Hillary Clinton turned herself into the consummate Washington player
Interviews: Joshua Green talks about his experience profiling Hillary Clinton and shares his thoughts on her presidential prospects

Sex, Lies, and Videogames

What if a computer program combined the action and graphics of a video game with the emotional power of great art? The result could revolutionize interactive entertainment—and even change the meaning of “play”
Interviews: Jonathan Rauch, author of "Sex, Lies, and Video Games," talks about a new generation of innovative and emotionally complex video games.

Twilight of the Assassins

It was the first act of airline terrorism in the Americas: thirty years ago, seventy-three people died in the bombing of a Cuban passenger plane. Now, one alleged mastermind lives freely in Miami, while another awaits trial on other charges in Texas. With Fidel Castro and Hugo Chávez insisting the CIA was behind the bombing, why won’t the Bush administration at last resolve enduring suspicions? A tale of thwarted dreams, frustrated justice, and murder in the sky
Notes: Militant Cuban exile Luis Posada discusses his actions, explains his motivations, and advises Ann Louise Bardach on what to write. [With an introduction by Bardach]


This is the tenth in a series of archival excerpts in honor of the magazine's 150th anniversary. This installment is introduced by Jonathan Kozol, the National Book Award-winning author of several books on public education.


A Matter of Degrees

Why college is not an economic cure-all

Ears Wide Shut

For more than a year, Karen Hughes has been trying to sell George Bush’s America to the Middle East. Here’s why it isn’t working

Do Polls Still Work?

The last two elections have left pollsters somewhat bloodied but unbowed

America and Israel

The Atlantic recently asked a group of foreign-policy authorities about current and future U.S. support for Israel

Carriers of Conflict

For a preview of future instability and war in the Middle East, watch where Iraqi refugees are going

Primary Sources

The road back from Katrina; Nigeria’s restive delta; the long arm of the blue law; tripping your way to sobriety


Babes in Toyland

The Arcades Project, by Walter Benjamin; Carried Away, by Rachel Bowlby; Harvard Design School Guide to Shopping, edited by Chuihua Judy Chung, Jeffrey Inaba, Rem Koolhaas, and Sze Tsung Leong; Mall Maker, by M. Jeffrey Hardwick; Victor Gruen, by Alex Wall

Production Values

American Idol lets us feel their pain

Walk-In Closet

Post-Brokeback, more gay love stories for straight people

A French Quarrel

What Algeria’s past can—and can’t—tell us about the present day


The Spell of San Miguel

A Mexican hill town’s indolent beauty belies its fiery past

Out of the Frying Pan

Dinner cooked in plastic bags may sound more like airplane food than haute cuisine—but today, thanks to a cutting-edge culinary technique, it’s both

The Iconographer

In Julius Shulman’s photographs, modern architecture became seductive, comfortable, and immortal

Making Haystacks, Finding Needles

New programs let you easily categorize anything you come across on the Web or in your own files—and, more important, let you find it all again

Thank You, YouTube

DIY video is making merely professional television seem stodgy, slow, and hopelessly last century

Unfair Dinkum

Steve Irwin (1962–2006)


Adventures in Legal Weed

Colorado is now well into its first year as the first state to legalize recreational marijuana. How's it going? James Hamblin visits Aspen.


What Makes a Story Great?

What makes a story great? The storytellers behind House of CardsThis American LifeThe Moth, and more reflect on the creative process.


Tracing Sriracha's Origin to Thailand

Ever wonder how the wildly popular hot sauce got its name? It all started in Si Racha.


Where Confiscated Wildlife Ends Up

A government facility outside of Denver houses more than a million products of the illegal wildlife trade, from tigers and bears to bald eagles.


Is Wine Healthy?

James Hamblin prepares to impress his date with knowledge about the health benefits of wine.


The World's Largest Balloon Festival

Nine days, more than 700 balloons, and a whole lot of hot air



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