November 2008

Andrew Sullivan on on why he blogs; Hanna Rosin on transgender children; Jeffrey Goldberg on the idiocy of Airline Security; James Fallows on China's Neurosis; Christopher Hitchens on V.S. Naipaul; Virginia Postrel makes the case for debt; Christopher Hitchens on Philip Roth; Poetry by Garrison Keillor; and much more.

The Atlantic - November 2008

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Letters to the editor

What's Your Problem?

Avoiding annihilation and other advice

Other articles in this issue

About the Redesign

Quick Study

Ghetto tax; Taliban talking points; biblical trauma

In a Word

Eloquence contretemps; ages of fable


A Boy's Life

What would you do if your son wanted to be a girl? Some doctors have a new and troubling answer.

Their Own Worst Enemy

China is stunningly bad at managing its own reputation. Here's why.

The Lightning Rod

Michelle Rhee's plan to revolutionize D.C. schools
Interviews: Michelle Rhee, the young chancellor of the D.C. public school system, talks about her career path, what makes a good teacher, and her efforts to transform a struggling school district

Sea Change

The arctic's radically changing geography [Web only: Video: "The American Arctic"]

First Person Plural

The neuroscience of identity
Interviews: Psychologist Paul Bloom reflects on happiness, desire, memory, and the chaotic community that lives inside every human mind

The Things He Carried

Adventures in airport security

Why I Blog

The feedback is personal and brutal, but the connection with readers is intoxicating. [Web only: Video: "Your Brain on Blog"]



Why France’s religious strife melts away in Marseille

Buffalo Shuffle

Can a deal with Toronto save an American football team—and its decaying hometown?

Freedom’s Curse

Why Washington’s crusade against swearing on the airwaves is f*cked up

All the Right Moves

Will former NBA all-star Kevin Johnson become the next mayor of Sacramento?

Turkish Bath

A new dam could submerge one of the world’s richest historical sites. [Web only: Slideshow: "Drowning Hasankeyf"]

The Bitter Beginning

Learning to love a bracing Italian liqueur

The Gangster In My Tub

The author finds himself in hot water at a Japanese onsen. [Web only: Slideshow: "Eternal Spring"]

Self-Reliance 2008

Like your Leatherman? Love your iPhone? Still to come: the ultimate open-source ultragadget


The Reel Thing

An infuriating, idiosyncratic critic can’t help but be elegiac in cataloguing the history of film.

Should Women Rule?

A clutch of books suggests they can’t rule like men. But there are other ways to run the world.

Torch Song

Remembering the language of lyrics

Cruel and Unusual

V. S. Naipaul has produced works of extraordinary skill— and lived a life of equally extraordinary callousness.

Cover to Cover

Du Maurier gets her due; Julia Glass's latest; the ruins of the railroads; SCottishness debunked; and more


The Case for Debt

Public anxiety over “excessive” consumer debt has a long, and misguided, history. By Virginia Postrel

He Saw It Coming

The forgotten filmmaker who anticipated our modern media madness


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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