September 2011

Don Peck on the sinking middle class, James Fallows on the crackdown in China, P.J. O'Rourke on Gaudi, new fiction by Amy Waldman, and more


Can the Middle Class Be Saved?

The Great Recession has imperiled America's values as well as its economy. Here's how we can rebuild our hollowed-out middle class.

Arab Spring, Chinese Winter

Just after Tunisia and Egypt erupted, China quelled its own "Jasmine" protests. Is the Chinese public less satisfied—and more combustible—than it appears?
Special Report: James Fallows and Damien Ma discuss the Jasmine protests, the counterfeit problem, the Internet crackdown, and more

The Secret History of Guns

The Ku Klux Klan worked to control guns. The Black Panthers pioneered the pro-gun movement. In the battle over gun rights, both sides have distorted history.
From the Archives: Essays, satires, and investigative reports about gun control from the past four decades of The Atlantic

Fiction: The Submission

A Muslim in control of the 9/11 memorial was the worst thing that could happen—and exactly the rudder Sean needed.
Interview: The writer talks about exploring 9/11 through fact and fiction


Music: Download never-released demos of songs Miller wrote just before and after fleeing his Manhattan apartment
Video: Miller performs a song from his post-9/11 album


Behind the scenes of China's booming film industry

Home Remedy

A small town solves its physician shortage

Bug Nuggets

Is the world ready for soy-glazed mealworms?

Enlisting Allah

To thwart the Taliban, marines in Helmand province are teaching the locals to read the Koran

The High-Tech Highball

At the Aviary, in Chicago, bartenders experiment with cocktails that evolve as you sip them

God’s Engineer

As celebrity architects create increasingly fantastical cityscapes, it's worth remembering why Gaudí remains unmatched

Replacement Therapy

Why our gadgets can't wear out fast enough


Devil’s Advocate

Why the White House—and Washington—should miss departing economic adviser Austan Goolsbee

Valley of the Trolls

It's the rare star who can withstand the predatory cameras of TMZ on TV


A Bitter Trip West

A new history vividly describes the agony and uncertainty of the overland journey by America's pioneers

Man Without a Country

V. S. Naipaul and the artistic rewards of statelessness

Cover to Cover

How A&P created the supermarket; what if Princess Di had faked her death?; and more


Adventures in Legal Weed

Colorado is now well into its first year as the first state to legalize recreational marijuana. How's it going? James Hamblin visits Aspen.


What Makes a Story Great?

What makes a story great? The storytellers behind House of CardsThis American LifeThe Moth, and more reflect on the creative process.


Tracing Sriracha's Origin to Thailand

Ever wonder how the wildly popular hot sauce got its name? It all started in Si Racha.


Where Confiscated Wildlife Ends Up

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


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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