The Cruel and Unusual Execution of Clayton Lockett, A Brief History of American Executions, Why It Pays to Be a Jerk, The Mysterious Columba Bush, and more...

This Month from The Atlantic

June 2015

The botching of capital punishment, why it pays to be a jerk, the emotional genius of Pixar, why age may be Hillary’s secret weapon, and more

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The Cruel and Unusual Execution of Clayton Lockett

The untold story of Oklahoma's botched lethal injection—and America’s intensifying fight over the death penalty

Jeffrey E. Stern

A Brief History of American Executions

A brief history of American executions

Matt Ford


Why It Pays to Be a Jerk

New research confirms what they say about nice guys.

Jerry Useem

The Mysterious Columba Bush

Who is Jeb’s wife, what effect will she have on his campaign—and what effect will his campaign have on their marriage?

Hanna Rosin

How Indie Rock Changed the World

The influence of geeks with guitars on culture, from DIY to social media

Deborah Cohen


Playing the Granny Card

Hillary Clinton, Elizabeth Warren, Angela Merkel, Christine Lagarde: Is a generation of powerful women turning age into an advantage?

Liza Mundy

Pixar’s Mood Master

Can Pete Docter’s new movie change the way viewers think about their emotions?

Daniel Smith

Why Men Are Retweeted More Than Women

The gender disparity of influence on Twitter

Jessica Bennett

The Plan to Move an Entire Swedish Town

Can a city pick itself up and head down the road? The people of Kiruna intend to find out.

Feargus O'Sullivan

Why the U.S. Needs to Listen to China

And why China needs to listen to the U.S. The importance of the mutual economic criticisms between two major world powers.

Henry M. Paulson Jr. and Robert E. Rubin

Hacking the Brain

How we might make ourselves smarter in the future

Maria Konnikova

The Art of Avoiding War

Why it’s so hard to defeat an enemy that won’t fight you, and what this means for U.S. strategy on everything from the Islamic State to China

Robert D. Kaplan

The Hypocrisy of Professional Ethicists

Even people who decide what’s right and wrong for a living don’t always behave well.

Emma Green

Fatwas Galore

In Malaysia, councils outlaw everything from dog-petting to yoga.

William Brennan

Vino Veritas

A very short book excerpt

Mark Schatzker

The Culture File

Making Sense of Björk

What MoMA gets right and wrong in its controversial exhibition on the Icelandic pop icon

James Parker

Was Dickens a Thief?

A new novel portrays the young writer of The Pickwick Papers as a conniving founder of modern mass culture.

Nicholas Dames

The Soviets’ Cold War Choreographer

Unlike the famously expatriated George Balanchine, Leonid Yakobson remained in the U.S.S.R. How his spirit is revitalizing ballet today.

Apollinaire Scherr

Joe Mitchell’s Secret

The legendary New Yorker writer freely mixed fact and fiction—much of what he wrote wouldn’t meet today’s fact-checking standards. But maybe literary journalism has lost more than it’s gained.

Ruth Franklin