The Coddling of the American Mind, The Backstory to ‘The Coddling of the American Mind’, A Culture of Violence, Letter to My Son, and more...

This Month from The Atlantic

September 2015

How the new political correctness is ruining education, Ta-Nehisi Coates’s letter to his son, stopping murder in New Orleans, the GOP rewrites the Iraq War, bracing for the future in Havana, the elitist allure of Joan Didion, and more

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The Coddling of the American Mind

In the name of emotional well-being, college students are increasingly demanding protection from words and ideas they don’t like. Here’s why that’s disastrous for education—and mental health.

Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt

The Backstory to ‘The Coddling of the American Mind’

The authors explain how they developed a personal interest in campus coddling.

Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt


A Culture of Violence

An editor’s note

James Bennet

Letter to My Son

“Here is what I would like for you to know: In America, it is traditional to destroy the black body—it is heritage.”

Ta-Nehisi Coates

A Matter of Black Lives

Since 1980, more than 260,000 black men have been killed in America. Mitch Landrieu, the mayor of New Orleans, is on a crusade to stop the killing.

Jeffrey Goldberg

Reading MLK in New Zealand

More than 50 years later, the Southern Baptist preacher’s words resonate—even outside of America.

Nicolas Yan

That’s Not Funny!

Today’s college students can’t seem to take a joke.

Caitlin Flanagan

Havana on the Brink

What will happen to the Cuban city when American tourists arrive?

Henry Grabar

Fiction: Scenes From a Marriage

“What’s it like?,” Natalie said quietly. “Marriage, I mean.” Mathilde said, “Kipling called it a very long conversation.”

Lauren Groff


The Surge Fallacy

Having misunderstood the Iraq War, U.S. Republicans are taking a dangerously hawkish turn on foreign policy.

Peter Beinart

The Test-Tube Chef

Hervé This, the father of molecular gastronomy, thinks the meals of the future should be constructed from chemical compounds.

Bianca Bosker

A Scientific Look at Bad Science

What recent research says about fraud, errors, and other dismaying academic problems

Bourree Lam

How Wall Street’s Bankers Stayed Out of Jail

The probes into bank fraud leading up to the financial industry’s crash have been quietly closed. Is this justice?

William D. Cohan

Thinking Outside the Cube

How offices will change—for better and for worse

Olga Khazan

The Strange Popularity of Corsican License Plates

Why the French seem like such aggressive drivers

Scott Sayare

The Ultimate Dolphin Trick

A very short book excerpt

Carl Safina

The Culture File

How J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis Revived Modern Myth-Telling

Stories of the famous writers of Oxford

James Parker

Jonathan Franzen Strikes Again

His latest targets: web sleuths and feminists

Caleb Crain

The Elitist Allure of Joan Didion

A big biography looks at the author’s legacy of cool.

Meghan Daum

The Fearless Erica Jong

In her 70s, she’s as eager as ever for sex and adventure.

Sandra Tsing Loh

Salman Rushdie's Self-Mockery and Antic Magic

Once again, the author comes up with a fantastic fable about colliding worlds.

Ann Hulbert