What Happens When We All Live to 100?, Why I Hope to Die at 75, How Gangs Took Over Prisons, and more...

This Month from The Atlantic Magazine

October 2014

The new science of old age, an interview with Bill Clinton, how gangs took over prisons, debating dinosaurs with creationists, the art of being Lena Dunham, and more

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What Happens When We All Live to 100?

If life-expectancy trends continue, that future may be near, transforming society in surprising and far-reaching ways.

Gregg Easterbrook


Why I Hope to Die at 75

An argument that society and families—and you—will be better off if nature takes its course swiftly and promptly

Ezekiel J. Emanuel

How Gangs Took Over Prisons

Originally formed for self-protection, prison gangs have become the unlikely custodians of order behind bars—and of crime on the streets.

Graeme Wood

“I Never Dreamed It Would Turn Out This Way”

On the 10th anniversary of the Clinton Global Initiative, Bill Clinton assesses the state of the world, and of his post-presidency.

James Bennet

Fiction: The Rhett Butlers

He is 40. You are almost 17. You know his kiss is coming, that day in the classroom, but still it surprises you.

Katherine Heiny


Were There Dinosaurs on Noah’s Ark?

A visit to Kentucky's creationist museum, a conservative base in the culture war

Jeffrey Goldberg

Status Anxiety

What the logos you’re wearing really say

Matthew Hutson

Stop the Bleeding

An injectable bandage 

Eleanor Smith

The Serial Wife

What three failed marriages taught Margo Howard about love, life, and offering advice

Allison Wright

The Disruption Myth

The idea that businesses are more vulnerable to upstarts than ever is out-of-date—and that’s a big problem.

Justin Fox

Made in America, Again

Three big trends that could shape the future of high-tech manufacturing—and the middle class

James Fallows

The Linguistics of LOL

What Internet vernacular reveals about the evolution of language

Britt Peterson

There Is No “Alternative Medicine”

A controversial treatment designed to remove environmental metals from the body might be effective in treating heart disease. Will one renegade doctor persuade the rest of the medical establishment to consider it?

James Hamblin

The Gaelic Stars of YouTube

Irish-language covers of popular English songs

William Brennan

The Culture File

Naked on the Page

In her memoir, Lena Dunham, the creator of Girls, opens a new chapter in her campaign of self-exposure.

James Parker

The Power of Grace

For Marilynne Robinson, who has been called America’s George Eliot, loss and loneliness do not rule out solace.

Leslie Jamison

The Society of Fugitives

How does aggressive police surveillance transform an urban neighborhood? A sociologist reports from the inside.

James Forman Jr.

Doubling Down on Democracy

Francis Fukuyama is still bullish on where history is headed, but Americans should worry: republics can decay.

Michael Ignatieff

Where Nudism Took Off

On Rab Island, now in Croatia, the bare-all movement first thrived a century ago.

Tristan Rutherford

Portraits of Claustrophobic Russian Mothers

Three novellas about family

Ann Hulbert