November 2011

The Atlantic - November 2011

Editor's Note

The New Scarcity

Our cover story is the latest installment in a conversation dating back to 1859.


Letters to the editor

Responses and reverberations


What’s Your Problem?

What not to say about a friend’s fiancée, and other advice


All the Single Ladies

More American women are single than ever before. Here's why, and what it means for sex and the family.

E. O. Wilson’s Theory of Everything

The famed biologist seeks to save a park in Mozambique—and to save humanity.
Slideshow: Photos of the legendary biologist in Africa

Our Man in Kandahar

Is one of America's closest allies in Afghanistan guilty of mass murder?
Sidebar: See what U.S. and NATO leaders have told the press about the Afghan warlord Abdul Raziq.

The Quiet Health-Care Revolution

How a company’s mix of high-tech (wireless scales) and low-tech (regular toenail-clipping) strategies is transforming health care


An inside look at the unsettling perils of cloud computing—and how to avoid them


The Appeal of Death Row

Why would a California convict opt for a death sentence? With few executions and better living conditions, why not?

Kansas City Bets on Culture

If you build a shiny new performing-arts center, will the creative class come?

Russian Hangover

A Moscow apartment block’s tenants turn over, one vodka binge at a time.

The Queen of San Francisco

The first openly gay U.S. political candidate works to save a slice of gay history.

From Tiki to Tacky—and Back

A taste of cocktail Americana comes in from the cold.

My Bowling Vacation

Rather than attracting slackers or ironic celebrants, a camp for bowlers reveals the American ideal.

The Voice in the Machine

Is lifelike synthetic speech finally within reach?


Capitol Gains

Are members of Congress guilty of insider trading—and does it matter?

Family Portrait

The secret of Modern Family’s runaway success: it’s just a sitcom.
Video: The author narrates scenes from the ABC show.


Police and Poetry

New York's crime drop; T. S. Eliot's dark days

Everywhere Man

Count Harry Kessler dined with Diaghilev, fought for Germany, and penned one of the greatest diaries ever published.


Where the Wild Things Go

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


Adults Need Playtime Too

When was the last time you played your favorite childhood game?


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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