January/February 2014

Surviving anxiety, the biggest hustler in e-commerce, the case for paternity leave, why we love auction shows, a brief history of the Mile High Club, and more

The Atlantic - January/February 2014


The Conversation

Responses and reverberations

The Big Question

What party would you most like to have attended?


Surviving Anxiety

I've tried therapy, drugs, and booze. Here’s how I came to terms with the nation's most common mental illness.
Responses: Atlantic readers share their own stories of living with anxiety.
Interview: The author's sister, Sage Stossel, discusses her new graphic novel about an anxious superhero.

Performance Anxiety in Great Performers

What Hugh Grant, Gandhi, and Thomas Jefferson have in common

Jesse Willms, the Dark Lord of the Internet

How one of the most notorious alleged hustlers in the history of e-commerce made a fortune on the Web

Eastport, Maine: The Little Town That Might

A fishing community on the country's easternmost edge is an exemplar of American reinvention.

How to Escape the Community-College Trap

More than half of community-college students never earn a degree. Here's how to fix that.

The Jewish Mark Twain

The writer who inspired Fiddler on the Roof shouldn’t be mistaken for a mere spinner of artless folktales. 


Daddy Track: The Case for Paternity Leave

It makes men more involved at home, women more involved at work, and workplaces friendlier for all parents.
Forum: Experts and Atlantic writers debate the value of paternity leave.

Saving the Lost Art of Conversation

In a fast-paced digital age, an MIT psychologist tries to slow us down.

Finding the Next Edison

Everyday people are responsible for a striking number of inventions and innovations. How can business enlist more of them?

Who Cheats—and Why

Is it about inequity? Or atheism? Or does it just feel good? Recent studies try to make new scientific sense of an old human problem.

When Will Genomics Cure Cancer?

A conversation with the biogeneticist Eric S. Lander about how genetic advances are transforming medical treatment

You’re Saying It Wrong

The implacable pedantry of the word police

Big in Norway: Slow TV

Why an entire nation enjoys footage of logs burning and salmon swimming upstream

The Culture File

TV's Post-Recession Obsession With Stuff

What to make of all these reality programs about pawn stores, storage lockers, and hoarders?

The Elmore Leonard Paradox

Why so many screen adaptations of the work of America’s most cinematic novelist are so bad—and what makes the exceptions, like TV’s Justified, so good
Video: Orr narrates scenes from the best and worst Elmore Leonard film adaptations

“Mon Dieu, What a Mother!”

Marianne Moore’s poetic voice was supremely idiosyncratic—and so was her family life.

The Archaeology of Beer

Dogfish Head’s ancient, hybrid brews embody a past before ale and wine became separate categories.

A Brief History of the Mile High Club

Air travel hasn’t quite lost all its romance.
Archives: Sexy and sexist air-travel ads from vintage issues of The Atlantic


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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