January/February 2008

Jeffrey Goldberg on the coming map of the Middle East; Mark Bowden profiles David Simon, creator of The Wire; James Fallows on China's subsidization of the U.S. way of life; Amy Waldman explores the truth about the Jena 6; Megan McArdle looks ahead to America's coming silver age; Caitlin Flanagan assesses Katie Couric; Michael Scott Moore uncovers the German surfing scene; Virginia Postrel considers the implications of the typeface revolution; and much more.



Learn to speak Potomac!


Is Bangladesh going under?

The American Idea

Our readers’ view

The Atlantic's State of the Union

What, after Iraq, are the problems most urgently confronting us?

After Iraq

A report from the new Middle East—and a glimpse of its possible future

No Country for Young Men

What non-Boomers have to fear
Roundtable: Megan McArdle, Clive Crook, and Philip Longman debate the repercussions of looming Baby Boomer retirements

Inside Guantánamo

A photo essay with text by Andrew Sullivan [Web only: Slideshow: "Life at Guantánamo"]

First, Kill All the School Boards

A modest proposal to fix the schools

The Truth About Jena

Why the media got it wrong


Partisan Retreat

Our inevitable withdrawal from Iraq could poison American politics for a generation.


High-stakes belly dancing; air for sale!

Primary Sources

Dental windfalls; management secrets of the KKK; the radical engineer

One Korea?

The Atlantic recently asked a group of foreign-policy authorities about the future of North and South Korea.

There Goes the Neighborhood

In exurbs and fringe cities, the mortgage crisis is having a domino effect


Couture Clash

How Dior and Balenciaga fought it out

A Woman’s Place

Katie Couric’s long day’s journey into evening

Victoria’s Secret

How sex doomed the British Empire

The Imperial Mind

A historian’s education in the ways of empire

Cover to Cover

A guide to additional releases: Nureyev's life; South Africa's fractious past; Red Lobster as muse

Munich’s Malibu

Surfing, schnitzel, and accordion tunes in Bavaria's landlocked capital [Web only: Slideshow: "Surfing in Munich"]

Slow Food, High Gear

A new university in Italy aims to elevate gastronomy to an academic discipline—and put its students through a humbling workout. [Web only: Slideshow: "A Slow Food Tour of the Po Valley"]

Playing to Type

The practical (and tacky) fruits of a revolution in typeface design. [Web only: Video: "Fine Print"]
Interviews: Virginia Postrel talks with Gary Hustwit—director of Helvetica—about filmmaking, creativity, and the expressive implications of one of the world's most popular typefaces

Word Court

Rules of thump; settling the score


Where the Wild Things Go

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


Adults Need Playtime Too

When was the last time you played your favorite childhood game?


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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