December 2012

James Fallows explains why the future of industry is in America, Jeffrey Goldberg makes the case for more guns, Ann Patchett describes her battle with Amazon, Isaac Chotiner laments Salman Rushdie's decline, and more


The Insourcing Boom

An exploration of the startling, sustainable, just-getting-started return of manufacturing to the United States

Mr. China Comes to America

How labor developments in China and new technology in the U.S. may reverse the decades-long relocation of American jobs to Asia
Video: James Fallows shares photos and reflections from his trip to Foxconn's controversial factory.

The Case for More Guns (And More Gun Control)

How do we reduce gun crime when Americans already own nearly 300 million firearms? Maybe by allowing more people to carry them.
Video: Jonathan Rauch tells Jeffrey Goldberg why more gay people should be armed.

The Bookstore Strikes Back

When Nashville lost its only in-town bookstores, the author, a novelist, decided to step into the breach.
Video: A tour of Ann Patchett's shop

Fiction: Reply to a Dead Man

"My heart started beating rapidly after the third time I read the letter. I could have sat there and guessed for a hundred years and never come up with what my brother had to say."


A Boat of Biblical Proportions

For a new theme park, Creationists (with a little help from a geneticist, some Amish men, and generous tax breaks) are building a replica of Noah’s ark—exactly as God instructed.

Kisses and Hugs in the Office

How the once-intimate sign-off is feminizing the workplace, for better or worse

Perks and Recreation

In Silicon Valley, a new wave of tech companies is trying to enforce fun.
Gallery: A tour of wacky workspaces at Twitter, Airbnb, and other Silicon Valley firms.

The Data Vigilante

Students aren’t the only ones cheating—some professors are, too. Uri Simonsohn is out to bust them.


The Demonic Genius of Daniel Tosh

The Comedy Central star brings the Colosseum to your couch.
Video: James Parker demonstrates why Tosh.0 is morally superior to America's Funniest Home Videos.

What Makes Her Click

Intel's Genevieve Bell talks about why we adopt some gadgets and spurn others—and why tech companies underestimate female users.
Interview: An extended version of this conversation


The Education of Virginia Woolf

The novelist's literary essays celebrated reading for the love of it.

Books of the Year 2012

The Atlantic's literary editor picks the five best of the crop.

How the Mullahs Won

Salman Rushdie’s artistic decline

Cover to Cover

An Alice Munro collection that's "autobiographical in feeling," if not in fact; Zadie Smith's uneven new novel; and more


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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