July/August 2012

The Atlantic - July/August 2012

The biggest ideas of 2012, why women still can't have it all, Caitlin Flanagan on JFK's affairs, new fiction by Elmore Leonard, and more

Features

  • The Ideas List 2012

    From banning gasoline and hiring introverts to abolishing the secret ballot and befriending Islamists, our collection of modest proposals. Plus an online-only report on big ideas in politics, culture, business, tech, and more.

  • Why Women Still Can’t Have It All

    Why Women Still Can’t Have It All

    It’s time to stop fooling ourselves: the mothers who have made it to the top of their profession are superhuman, rich, or self-employed. Here’s what has to change for the rest of us.

    Video: Anne-Marie Slaughter discusses the struggles of working mothers with Atlantic senior editor Hanna Rosin.

    Live Chat: The author talks with readers about her cover story.

    Debate: Writers weigh in on our cover story and voice their own opinions about work, family, and "having it all."

  • Jersey Boys

    Jersey Boys

    Chris Christie and Bruce Springsteen—a tale of politics, rock and roll, and unrequited love

    Playlist: Listen to the governor's 10 all-time favorite Springsteen tunes.

  • The Measured Man

    The Measured Man

    Larry Smarr is charting his every bodily function in minute detail—and may have found the future of health care.

    Video: Smarr shows off his imaging technology—and the inside of his own colon.

  • Fiction: Ice Man

    Fiction: Ice Man

    He saw deputies in their serious hats coming through the restaurant from the kitchen, four white guys who looked like they meant business.

    Video: Elmore Leonard talks about bad movies and good writing with James Parker.

Dispatches

Columns

Books

Editor's Note

Letters

Poetry

Advice

Video

A Time-Lapse of Alaska's Northern Lights

The beauty of aurora borealis, as seen from America's last frontier

Video

What Do You Wish You Learned in College?

Ivy League academics reveal their undergrad regrets

Video

Famous Movies, Reimagined

From Apocalypse Now to The Lord of the Rings, this clever video puts a new spin on Hollywood's greatest hits.

Video

What Is a City?

Cities are like nothing else on Earth.

Video

CrossFit Versus Yoga: Choose a Side

How a workout becomes a social identity

Video

In Online Dating, Everyone's a Little Bit Racist

The co-founder of OKCupid shares findings from his analysis of millions of users' data.

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