New Arrival: The Atlantic Cities

Please check out our new sister site. Very interesting and well done. For explanations of the premise and ambitions, see comments by the's editor, Bob Cohn, and the Cities site's editor, Sommer Mathis. I am a fan of / nostalgic for its debut map-image, below. But I had nothing to do with the site and am seeing its contents for the first time, and I think it is very promising. 


Congrats and welcome.

Update: And while I hate to get started talking about great items on the site, since there are so many, I had to mention the latest wonderful "In Focus" photos, from Alan Taylor, about surfing. The ones showing "The Wedge," in Newport Beach, are where my brother and I spent summer days. Photo #10 is a bigger wave than I remember seeing at the Wedge; #17 is how big they often looked from below; #12 brings it all back (this guy is about to go way down the front of that wave); and #4 is how it often felt.

James Fallows is a national correspondent for The Atlantic and has written for the magazine since the late 1970s. He has reported extensively from outside the United States and once worked as President Carter's chief speechwriter. His latest book is China Airborne. More

James Fallows is based in Washington as a national correspondent for The Atlantic. He has worked for the magazine for nearly 30 years and in that time has also lived in Seattle, Berkeley, Austin, Tokyo, Kuala Lumpur, Shanghai, and Beijing. He was raised in Redlands, California, received his undergraduate degree in American history and literature from Harvard, and received a graduate degree in economics from Oxford as a Rhodes scholar. In addition to working for The Atlantic, he has spent two years as chief White House speechwriter for Jimmy Carter, two years as the editor of US News & World Report, and six months as a program designer at Microsoft. He is an instrument-rated private pilot. He is also now the chair in U.S. media at the U.S. Studies Centre at the University of Sydney, in Australia.

Fallows has been a finalist for the National Magazine Award five times and has won once; he has also won the American Book Award for nonfiction and a N.Y. Emmy award for the documentary series Doing Business in China. He was the founding chairman of the New America Foundation. His recent books Blind Into Baghdad (2006) and Postcards From Tomorrow Square (2009) are based on his writings for The Atlantic. His latest book is China Airborne. He is married to Deborah Fallows, author of the recent book Dreaming in Chinese. They have two married sons.

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