June 2012

The Atlantic - June 2012

David H. Freedman on the perfected self, Mark Bowden on being in the dumb kids' class, James Parker on Glenn Beck, Isaac Chotiner on P. G. Wodehouse, and more

Features

  • The Perfected Self

    The Perfected Self

    Once denounced by critics as a fascist idea, "behavior modification" is making a comeback, powered by smartphone apps that aim to transform us into better versions of ourselves.

    Live chat: David H. Freedman answers readers’ questions about weight loss strategies, teenage pot-smoking, Noam Chomsky, and other topics.

  • The Vietnam Solution

    The Vietnam Solution

    How a former U.S. enemy became a crucial ally in the effort to counter China's growing power

    Map: A close look at the fiercely contested South China Sea

  • American Sweetheart

    American Sweetheart

    Fierce, cocky, and built for stardom, Marlen Esparza prepares to fight for the gold at this summer’s Olympic debut of women’s boxing.

  • Fiction: Honors Track

    Fiction: Honors Track

    “The exam went off without a hitch, and from there, stopping just didn’t make sense. Before each Calc test, we convened at Jill’s house to work out the answers.”

Dispatches

Columns

Books

Editor's Note

Letters

Poetry

Advice

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The Case for Napping at Work

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In this groundbreaking video, time moves at multiple speeds within a single frame.

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Who Made Pop Music So Repetitive? You Did.

If pop music is too homogenous, that's because listeners want it that way.

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Stunning GoPro Footage of a Wildfire

In the field with America’s elite Native American firefighting crew

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