The Biological Basis of Morality
Philosophers and theologians have almost always conceived of moral instincts as being transcendent or God-given. Is it possible, though, that ethical reasoning derives not from outside but from our very nature as evolving material creatures?
by Edward O. Wilson
An Atlantic Unbound interview with Edward O. Wilson.
The New Yorker's Mr. Shawn
William Shawn, the editor of The New Yorker from 1952 until 1987, profoundly shaped American literature, journalism, and criticism. Yet many who worked closely with Shawn knew little about his personal background. Shawn himself volunteered almost nothing. Now one of Shawn's longtime contributors has brought to light a peculiarly American saga. (Introduction by Ian Frazier.)
by Ved Mehta
Notes & Comment: Children and Money
What if you set up a bank just for your children? And then what if they needed their own stock market, too?
by David Owen
Education: The Trouble With Single-Sex Schools
Proponents of single-sex education -- including many feminists, who find themselves with some unlikely allies as a result -- make a variety of claims for its practical advantages. Those advantages, the author argues, are greatly overstated.
by Wendy Kaminer
Brief Lives: An Eye for Anomaly
The photographer Rosamond Purcell exalts the damaged, the demonized, and the disturbed.
by Marshall Jon Fisher
The Presidency: Three New Revelations About LBJ
The author of a new biography explains, among other things, how Lyndon Johnson effectively assisted the presidential campaign of Hubert Humphrey's opponent, Richard Nixon.
by Robert Dallek
Fiction & Poetry
by Deborah Digges
Mrs. Dutta Writes a Letter
A short story
by Chitra B. Divakaruni
An Atlantic Unbound interview with Chitra B. Divakaruni.
In the Batting Cage
by Lynne McMahon
Arts & Leisure
Travel: Dazzling White Nights
To the evident attractions of St. Petersburg one must now add the Stars of the White Nights Festival, which builds on the city's glorious musical past.
by Matthew Gurewitsch
Movies: A Cinema of Private Lives
A report from Park City, Utah, where our correspondent viewed thirty-six of the films at this year's Sundance Film Festival.
by Garry Wills
America Right and Left
Ronald Reagan, by Dinesh D'Souza; The New Majority, edited by Stanley B. Greenberg and Theda Skocpol
by Nicholas Lemann
The Rape of Nanking, by Iris Chang
by David M. Kennedy
by Phoebe-Lou Adams
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The April Almanac
by Emily Cox & Henry Rathvon
by Anne H. Soukhanov
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