April 2010

Joshua Green on Timothy Geithner's rise, Robert D. Kaplan on whether General McChrystal can save Afghanistan, Michael Kinsley on inflation, Jonathan Rauch on caring for his father, James Parker on hospital drama, and more


Inside Man

The story of Timothy Geithner’s rise is one of hard work, bureaucratic mastery, and the culmination of a 40-year evolution in Democratic thinking about finance. His experience made him indispensable to saving the economy—and quite possibly the wrong person to reform it.
Video: Joshua Green explains the secret of Geithner’s success

A Nation on the Brink

It’s not just Al-Qaeda. Water shortages, collapsing oil supplies, war, refugees, pirates, poverty—why Yemen is failing.

Letting Go of My Father

His elderly father insisted that he could manage by himself. But he couldn’t. The author found himself utterly unprepared for one of life’s near certainties—the decline of a parent. Millions of middle-aged Americans, he discovered, are silently struggling to cope with a crisis that needs to be plucked from the realm of the personal and brought into full public view.

Man Versus Afghanistan

Will General Stanley McChrystal be our deus ex machina in Afghanistan? Or just the latest commander to succumb to the impersonal forces of history and geography?
Slideshow: Stanley McChrystal and his team take on the war in Afghanistan



Less traffic through the Suez Canal means less of everything else for Egyptians—including hope.

Wild Ride

The short and brutal life of a Nascar engine

Outback Steakhouse

Australia’s bush meat is tasty, healthy, and enviro-friendly. But can you get people to eat it?

Let Us Now Trash Famous Authors

James Agee’s Depression classic still stings the family of its subjects.
Slideshow: Author Christina Davidson discusses how Walker Evans's Depression-era photography is viewed by his subjects' descendents.

Hipster Moonshine

Hooch isn’t just for hillbillies anymore.

All the Sheikh’s Horses

By the skin of his teeth, Dubai’s ruler opens the world’s most ambitious—and outrageous—racetrack.

Dirigible Dreams

Is one of aviation’s most enduring technological hopes about to become a reality?


Intimate History

A grand history and an elegiac new film explore Britain’s recent, and irrecoverable, past.
Video: Benjamin Schwarz comments on scenes from Terence Davies's nostalgic documentary

The Enthusiast

Bill Simmons has set a new and unbeatable standard by writing like a fan—just far better.

Quiet Desperation

Mrs. Bridge is an American masterpiece of prewar repression and postwar realism.

Lost in the Levant

Kai Bird’s affecting personal history of the Arab-Israeli tangle

Cover to Cover

Snake eyes; the asylum seeker
Interview/Slideshow: Images and insights from the author of a new photography book about abandoned mental asylums


Saints on Percocet

Drug-addicted healers are elevating hospital drama to metaphysical art.


No matter who wins the battle between the Kindle and the iPad, it marks the return of machines as market-makers.

My Inflation Nightmare

Am I crazy, or is the commentariat ignoring our biggest economic threat?


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


The Origins of Bungee Jumping

"We had this old potato sack and I filled it up with rocks and dropped it over the side. It just hit the water, split, dropping all the stones. And that was our test."


Is Trading Stocks for Suckers?

If you think you’re smarter than the stock market, you’re probably either cheating or wrong


I Spent Half My Life Making a Video Game

How a childhood hobby became a labor of love



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