November 2007

The Atlantic - November 2007

The Atlantic's 150th anniversary issue—prominent contributors weigh in on the future of the American idea; Walter Kirn on the scourge of multitasking; Paul Elie on the misuses of Niebuhr; P.J. O'Rourke sings of fizzy fluid retention; James Fallows on the view of America from Abroad; Hitchens on Bellow; Caitlin Flanagan dismisses Hillary Clinton; and much more.

Features

  • The Future of the American Idea

    As The Atlantic celebrates its 150th anniversary, scholars, novelists, politicians, artists, and others look ahead to the future of the American idea

    Interviews: Veteran editor Robert Vare talks about why he loves magazine journalism, what makes The Atlantic distinctive, and the challenges of whittling down a "best of" collection of Atlantic writings

  • The Autumn of the Multitaskers

    Neuroscience is confirming what we all suspect: Multitasking is dumbing us down and driving us crazy. One man’s odyssey through the nightmare of infinite connectivity

  • A Man for All Reasons

    In the debate over the war on terror (and just about everything else, too), neocons and liberals, theocons and Christian pacifists, idealists and realists have all called upon the writings of the theologian Reinhold Niebuhr. What does the promiscuous invocation of his work tell us about the man—and about his would-be acolytes?

    Interviews: Paul Elie, author of "A Man for All Reasons," discusses the contested legacy of Reinhold Niebuhr, whose mantle everyone, regardless of political orientation, wants to wear

  • I Sing of Fizzy Fluid Retention

    The decline of spinsters? Smoke-free living? Drawing on a vast new statistical compendium, our commentator unearths, examines, and extrapolates the hidden challenges to America.

  • America’s Elegant Decline

    Hulls in the water could soon displace boots on the ground as the most important military catchphrase of our time. But our Navy is stretched thin. How we manage dwindling naval resources will go a long way toward determining our future standing in the world.

  • The View from There

    What living in England, Japan, and China has taught one American about the character of his own country

Books

Poetry

Video

The Horrors of Rat Hole Mining

"The river was our source of water. Now, the people won't touch it."

Video

What's Your Favorite Slang Word?

From "swag" to "on fleek," tweens choose.

Video

Cryotherapy's Dubious Appeal

James Hamblin tries a questionable medical treatment.

Video

Confessions of Moms Around the World

In Europe, mothers get maternity leave, discounted daycare, and flexible working hours.

Video

How Do Trees Know When It's Spring?

The science behind beautiful seasonal blooming

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