Is It Time for the Jews to Leave Europe?, The Irrationality of Alcoholics Anonymous, The Science of Near-Death Experiences , and more...

This Month from The Atlantic

April 2015

Should the Jews leave Europe?, the false gospel of Alcoholics Anonymous, what science says about life after death, how restaurants con you, the most influential teenager of all time, and more

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Is It Time for the Jews to Leave Europe?

Attacks on synagogues, shootings, hate speech: The merger of deep-rooted anti-Semitism with a powerful strain of radical Islamism poses a new existential threat to European Jewry—and a crisis across the continent.

Jeffrey Goldberg


The Irrationality of Alcoholics Anonymous

Its faith-based 12-step program dominates treatment in the United States. But researchers have debunked central tenets of AA doctrine and found dozens of other treatments more effective.

Gabrielle Glaser

The Science of Near-Death Experiences

Empirically investigating brushes with the afterlife

Gideon Lichfield

Why Workers Won’t Unite

Globalization and technology have gutted the labor movement, and part-time work is sabotaging solidarity. Is there a new way to challenge the politics of inequality?

Kim Phillips-Fein


Clones on the Court

A Supreme Court that once included former senators and governors is populated today by judges with identical résumés. Here's why that's a mistake.

Akhil Reed Amar

The Sniffer

Craft distillers put their money where Nancy Fraley’s nose is.

Wayne Curtis

A Bridge Too Low

Raising a vital roadway for a new generation of giant ships

Tim Heffernan

How to Buy Things in the Future

Cut up your credit cards, and prepare for your retinal scan.

Alana Semuels

Diner Beware

How restaurants trick you into eating less and spending more

Bourree Lam

As They Lay Dying

Two doctors say it’s far too hard for terminal patients to donate their organs.

Joshua Mezrich and Joseph Scalea

Meet the New Bitch

The curious evolution of a slur

Britt Peterson

Prophylaxis vs. the Axis

A very short book excerpt

Ryan Mungia

Coloring Books for Existential Angst

Hundreds of thousands of stressed-out people across France have recently taken to an unlikely means of relaxation.

William Brennan

The Culture File

A Most Unlikely Saint

The case for canonizing G. K. Chesterton, the bombastic man of letters and paradoxical militant for God

James Parker

The Cross-Generational Politics of Barney Frank

The Congressman's memoir tackles two of the biggest political shifts of his lifetime: the acceptance of gay people in public life and a dramatic decrease in faith in government.

Michael Tomasky

Enough About Me

In an era of chronic self-exposure, authors are pushing back against naked revelation.

Leslie Jamison

Such a Nice Monster

Adam Thirlwell, a virtuosic young British novelist, indicts the morals of a pampered generation.

Adam Kirsch

Death on Father’s Day

“The Joan Didion of Australia” writes a masterful book about a real-life family tragedy.

Ann Hulbert