Mark Bowden, "The Ploy"; Nadya Labi, "The Kingdom in the Closet"; David Samuels, "Let's Die Together"; Gershom Gorenberg, "The Minister for National Fears"; Andrew Bacevich on military activism; Caitlin Flanagan on abortion; Marc Ambinder on Hillary's husband; Michael Hirschorn hails reality TV; Virginia Postrel sees fashion as art; and much more.
The U.S. military is becoming more politically assertive. This is not a welcome development.
Jihad in the Philippines Mark Bowden’s “Jihadists in Paradise” (March Atlantic) was a superb read, but the author does his readers a…
Immigrants on parade; Scottish pride; Korea's transgendered pop stars
Presidential tea leaves; open-market elves; the fine art of sword-swallowing
Serious trouble is brewing in Iraq’s one quiet corner: the Kurdish north.
What role will Hillary’s husband play in the campaign?
The age of the dollar has been great for America—but it may end soon.
The inside story of how the interrogators of Task Force 145 cracked Abu Musab al-Zarqawi’s inner circle—without resorting to torture—and hunted down al-Qaeda’s man in Iraq
Sodomy is punishable by death in Saudi Arabia, but gay life flourishes there. Why it is “easier to be gay than straight” in a society where everyone, homosexual and otherwise, lives in the closet
With the collapse of the center in Israeli politics, and the growing menace of Iran, Avigdor Lieberman’s extremist views may suddenly become mainstream.
Why is anonymous group suicide so popular in Japan?
Hear the author read this poem Accept the things you cannot change: the bleating clock, the nightly go. —dog leash in tow— around the…
"Then let him ride in the bed of the truck. and wave the world home." That was the old man's answer. So I made my small-fist climb up back. Of…
Editor’s Choice: what to read this month
Abortion and the bloodiness of being female
Susan Coll’s new novel about the top-tier college-admissions game tries hard and amiably, but it needs to be wait-listed behind worthier spring…
The turbulent life of Kingsley Amis
Freeloading aesthetes and the women who kept them
A guide to additional releases: the history of the car bomb; Ralph Ellison; the annals of impotence; and more
A safari by air over Namibia’s haunting sands
An exciting new Italian bazaar makes Whole Foods look like the A&P—and it’s coming to America.
Three great Eataly foods available here now
Why fashion deserves its place in art museums
New programs ease the frustration of working with others online.
What the snobs don’t understand
In December a woman who likes to imitate peculiar sounds asked for a word on her husband’s behalf—one he could use when she does it in public,…
The Atlantic recently asked a group of foreign-policy authorities about Iran's role in the Iraq conflict
Andrew J. Bacevich, author of "Warrior Politics," talks about the increased politicization of the American military and its troubling potential consequences
Gershom Gorenberg elucidates the startling politics of Avigdor Lieberman, a right-wing Israeli politician who has lately taken center stage