September 2010

How Israel is getting ready to bomb Iran, the rise of prisons without walls, Chistopher Hitchens on anti-Semitism's universal threat, and more

The Atlantic - September 2010

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Nuclear Options

President Obama and his advisers are facing a series of questions on Iran and Israel. Every answer is discouraging.

Letters to the editor

What’s Your Problem?

Never have maxillofacial surgery in Los Angeles, and other advice


The Point of No Return

The Iranian nuclear threat will soon come to a head. A preemptive attack by Israel could be disastrous. It might happen anyway.
Video: Jeffrey Goldberg discusses the Middle East's shaky future with Christopher Hitchens and Martin Amis.

Living With a Nuclear Iran

Henry Kissinger believes that containing Iran will depend on one thing: showing its leaders that we're willing to go to war.

Whale Crossing

As sea traffic booms, can new shipping lanes and speed limits save the right whale from extinction?

The News Merchant

TV news is driven, more and more, by the latest scoops on JonBenet, Caylee, and Natalee. The inside story of how tabloid-TV stories are made, bought, and paid for—and the man who's often behind it all.

Prison Without Walls

With prisons stretched to the breaking point, some cities are trying a radical new idea: letting convicts roam free, under constant electronic surveillance.



The space-shuttle program is coming to a quiet end. Is the same true for the era of space exploration?

Japan Surrenders

The author returns to his old Tokyo neighborhood and finds an inward-looking country that has lost its ambition.
Slideshow: Family photos from the Fallows's late-1980s residency in a Tokyo suburb.

High Strung

The inexplicable collapse of a tennis phenom

Flogging Genghis Khan

Mongolia revives its strongman. Will the hordes follow?

A Death on Facebook

Intimacy and loss in the age of social media

A More Perfect Union

In San Francisco, two dominant trends of the cocktail world are converging, with exquisite results.
Video: A San Francisco bartender updates two old-fashioned drinks with fresh, local ingredients.

On Bolivia’s Coca Trail

High anxiety amid giant Tree Ferns and landslides in Bolivia’s little-traveled—and dazzling—Carrasco National Park

The Pen Gets Mightier

One entrepreneur’s latest effort to revolutionize how we think, learn, play music, and order coffee in Chinese


Killing Her Softly

A measured, sympathetic—and ultimately damning— portrait of the 20th century’s most wickedly funny novelist


The toxin of anti-Semitism isn’t a threat only to Jews.
Video: Hitchens discusses the root causes of Jew-hatred—and his own surprising discovery of Jewish heritage—with The Atlantic's Jeffrey Goldberg and novelist Martin Amis.

Cover to Cover

Los Angeles modernism revisited; Alan Bennett's new memoir; the pain of fish; the final word on the Final Solution; and more


The Great Stock Myth

Why the market’s rate of return—and your nest egg—may never recover

And the World Turned

Cheesy, clichéd, and still strangely bewitching, soap operas are falling victim to their own bastard children.
Video: James Parker comments on two scenes from As the World Turns, pointing out the soft music, the peculiar dialogue, and the monologue to the unconscious lover.


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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