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

CrossFit Versus Yoga: Choose a Side

How a workout becomes a social identity

Video

Is Technology Making Us Better Storytellers?

The minds behind House of Cards and The Moth weigh in.

Video

A Short Film That Skewers Hollywood

A studio executive concocts an animated blockbuster. Who cares about the story?

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.

Video

What Is a Sandwich?

We're overthinking sandwiches, so you don't have to.

Video

Let's Talk About Not Smoking

Why does smoking maintain its allure? James Hamblin seeks the wisdom of a cool person.

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