December 2007

Photo above: Deposed bear king lorek Byrnison assert s himself in a still from the screen adaption of Philip Pullman's fantasy novel The Golden Compass. (Copyright 2007, New Line Cinema). Hanna Rosin recounts the backroom wrangling sparked by the book's antireligious content in "How Hollywood Saved God."


Goodbye to All That: Why Obama Matters

Is Iraq Vietnam? Who really won in 2000? Which side are you on in the culture wars? These questions have divided the Baby Boomers and distorted our politics. One candidate could transcend them.
Interviews: Andrew Sullivan speaks candidly about why he supports Barack Obama, how he became a blogger, and why he's not afraid to change his mind.

Teacher and Apprentice

Hillary Clinton tried to teach Barack Obama about power, but then he got ideas of his own. A story of nasty surprises, dueling war rooms, and the Drudge Report

How Hollywood Saved God

It took five years, two screenwriters, and 0 million to turn a best-selling antireligious children’s book into a star-studded epic—just in time for Christmas.

Scents & Sensibility

How the author helped Afghans build a thriving soap and body-oil business—and overcame the incompetence of America’s aid establishment [Web only: Slideshow: "Everyday Afghanistan"]



Why homeownership may be bad for America


Facebook for spies; long live the queen; the 0,150 handbag

Primary Sources

Pre-seniors on the march; have-not nation; do gamers dream of electric abs?

Striking Al-Qaeda’s New Base

The Atlantic recently asked a group of foreign-policy authorities about the United States, al-Qaeda, and Pakistan.

Bright Lights, Big Cities

Slums are burgeoning worldwide— and that’s a good thing.

Google’s Tar Pit

Can Google “not be evil” and still fend off the government?


The health-care crisis no candidate is addressing? Too many doctors


Charm Offensive

Editor’s Choice: Womanizer, bribe-taker, statesman—the cynically brilliant Talleyrand inspired an equally colorful biographer.

A Bright Shining Lie

It’s the most critically acclaimed novel of the fall. And it’s astonishingly bad.

Faster, Faster

Noël Coward’s dizzying life

The Courtier

Arthur Schlesinger’s journals are predictably sycophantic—and surprisingly good.

Cover to Cover

A guide to additional releases
Interviews: Nick Hornby, the author of High Fidelity, About a Boy, and Fever Pitch, talks about the pitfalls of contemporary literary culture, his ambition to be the male Anne Tyler, and his new novel for young adults

Among the Pandas

Our cub reporter exposes China’s soft underbelly. [Web only: Slideshow: "Panda Land"]

The Magic Brewing Machine

Cool new coffeemakers bring out the deeper pleasures of a light roast.

Rightsize Me

Why sending a man to the moon is easier than finding jeans that fit

Radio Free Everywhere

Move over, iPod: Internet radio captures the enduring magic of the medium and makes the local global.

The Pleasure Principle

Newspapers should try giving readers what they want, not just what editors think they need.

Word Fugitives

Cringe benefits; mastering drykwondo


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?

The storytellers behind House of CardsandThis American Life 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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