Spectacular Sounds from Sweden

Terence Davies Takes on Edith Wharton

Balanchine's "Dances of the League of David"

Small and Large Acts of Violence

... and more, in the February Preview.

In Post & Riposte:

The New Atlantic ... Online
Both the magazine and the Web site have been redesigned. Tell us what you think.

Clinton's Legacy
How will Bill Clinton and his presidency be remembered? Share your views.

The Price of Marriage
Are today's weddings too commercialized? Join a conversation on Caitlin Flanagan's review of wedding books.

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In This Issue

Letters to the Editor

by Cullen Murphy

Notes and Dispatches
Washington, D.C.: The Lost Islands by Richard Rubin
London: To the Manor Bought by Francis X. Rocca
Yakutsk, Russia: Esteemed Passengers! by Jeffrey Tayler
Columbus, Ohio: The Tiki Wars by Wayne Curtis
Belgrade: The Curse of Normalcy by Peter Maass


Bill Clinton and His Consequences
Contributions from James Fallows, P. J. O'Rourke, Pat Oliphant, Randall Kennedy, Francis Davis, Margaret Talbot, Glenn C. Loury, Roy Blount Jr., Carl M. Cannon, Wilfrid Sheed, Arlie Russell Hochschild, Tish Durkin, William Schneider, and Jack Beatty

The Bandit King and the Movie Star
Why did one of India's most colorful and ruthless terrorists kidnap one of India's most beloved actors?
by Abraham Verghese

Shock and Disbelief
Electroconvulsive therapy is safe and effective. An unusual assortment of activist groups is striving to suppress that message
by Daniel Smith

Walking Tour
A guide to the byways of a mythical place you've probably been to
by Ian Frazier

Belles Lettres A poem by Terese Svoboda [with audio]

Two Love Poems by Wislawa Szymborska, translated by Joanna Trzeciak

Sister Godzilla A short story by Louise Erdrich
Web only: An Emissary of the Between-World
An Atlantic Unbound interview with Louise Erdrich.

Pursuits and Retreats
TRAVEL: Las Vegas, 'Tis of Thee by Richard Todd
GARDENS: It's a Bug-Eat-Bug World by Thomas C. Cooper
SPORT: Sovereigns of the Sky by Stephen Bodio

Books and Critics
The Wedding Merchants
Books on weddings reviewed by Caitlin Flanagan

"The First Hip White Person"
Bing Crosby: A Pocketful of Dreams—The Early Years, 1903-1940 by Gary Giddins, reviewed by James Marcus

Off Its Rocker
Aiding and Abetting by Muriel Spark, reviewed by Thomas Mallon

David Kipen on Love, etc. by Julian Barnes
Christina Schwarz on Eclipse by John Banville
Peter Davison on Henry Wadsworth Longfellow: Poems and Other Writings
Benjamin Schwarz on Slavery, Secession, and Southern History
Jack Beatty on Everyday People by Stewart O'Nan
Stephen Amidon on The Glass Palace by Amitav Ghosh

A Maverick Historian
The Sword of Honour trilogy by Evelyn Waugh, reviewed by Penelope Lively

The Puzzler by Emily Cox and Henry Rathvon

Word Fugitives by Barbara Wallraff

Cover art by Bill Nelson.

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