May 2008

Jeffrey Goldberg on the divisions confounding Israel; Ta-Nehisi Coates on Bill Cosby's black conservatism; James Fallows reports on the new air taxi business; Joshua Green on Al Franken; Jonathan Rauch on the John McCain and Edmund Burke; Ross Douthat reviews Rick Perlstein's Nixonland; Christopher Hitchens on Cyril Connolly; Michael Hirschorn on politics in the digital age; and much more.



The rift between a beleaguered prime minister and a grieving novelist mirrors the division confounding Israel.
Flashbacks: A look back at Atlantic predictions from the 1920s and '30s about prospects for a Jewish homeland.

‘This Is How We Lost to the White Man’

The audacity of Bill Cosby’s black conservatism [Web only: Video: "The Cosby Crusade"]

Taxis in the Sky

How tiny jets, Soviet-trained math prodigies, American “ant farmers,” and dot-com refugees are revolutionizing air travel [Web only: Slideshow: "A Day on the DayJet"]

He’s Not Joking

Al Franken’s political future—and maybe Democratic dominance of the Senate—depends on his ability to keep a (mostly) straight face between now and November. [Web only: Video: "He's Not Joking"]


Mr. Conservative

John McCain hasn’t betrayed conservatism; his party has.


Go-ahead at Gitmo; the People's economist; Caesar renders unto you

Primary Sources

Smoke for life; Wal-Mart hits a wall; red-light rewards; Hezbollah's hospitals

How to Grow a Gang

By deporting record numbers of Latino criminals, the U.S. may make its gang problem worse.

Waste Not

A steamy solution to global warming


E Pluribus Nixon

A sweeping new social history portrays Richard Nixon as the president his fratricidal country deserved—and perhaps the best we could have hoped for.

The Last Laugh

Flann O'Brien, a comic genius who died young, is finally getting his due.

Arrested Development

In Cyril Connolly’s classic memoir, the young grow rotten before they are ripe.

Cover to Cover

A guide to additional releases: the other Freud; Churchill's valets; Charles Baxter's latest; and more

Weni, Widi, Wiki

Our correspondent visits Seattle with only the hive mind of the Internet as his guide.

Beyond the McIntosh

One man’s mission to save abandoned (and glorious) apples by helping people plant for the future

Only Connect

The digital age demands that political candidates be authentic and accessible. But please—hold the carrots.

Word Fugitives

Marking exes' spots; living in excess


Where Time Comes From

The clocks that coordinate your cellphone, GPS, and more


Computer Vision Syndrome and You

Save your eyes. Take breaks.


What Happens in 60 Seconds

Quantifying human activity around the world



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