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.
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.
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.
Why college is not an economic cure-all
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
The last two elections have left pollsters somewhat bloodied but unbowed
The Atlantic recently asked a group of foreign-policy authorities about current and future U.S. support for Israel
For a preview of future instability and war in the Middle East, watch where Iraqi refugees are going
The road back from Katrina; Nigeria’s restive delta; the long arm of the blue law; tripping your way to sobriety
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
American Idol lets us feel their pain
Post-Brokeback, more gay love stories for straight people
What Algeria’s past can—and can’t—tell us about the present day
A guide to additional releases
A Mexican hill town’s indolent beauty belies its fiery past
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
In Julius Shulman’s photographs, modern architecture became seductive, comfortable, and immortal
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
DIY video is making merely professional television seem stodgy, slow, and hopelessly last century
Steve Irwin (1962–2006)
Places to Stay