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Cecilia Carlstedt

Abraham Lincoln’s Radical Moderation

What the president understood that the zealous Republican reformers in Congress didn’t

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Books Briefing: Giving Romance a Language

How to write about the feeling that’s hardest to communicate: Your weekly guide to the best in books

The Atlantic

Three Authentic Writers Have Occupied the Oval Office

On the literary merits of presidential writing

Samantha Hunt on the Unbearable Flatness of Being

“I’m interested in how mystery and wonder enter lives that are common and gray. Because no one is really common and gray.”

The Supreme Court’s Enduring Bias

Over the past half century, siding with the powerful against the vulnerable has been the rule in almost every area of the law.

When Hollywood’s Power Players Were Women

Female writers, directors, and producers were pioneers of the silent-film era—but were pushed out of the industry as its influence grew.

The Books Briefing: The Act of Writing Is an Oscar-Worthy Performance

Empathy on the stage and page: Your weekly guide to the best in books

Isaac Asimov’s Throwback Vision of the Future

The science-fiction giant told stories driven by a faith in humankind. One hundred years after his birth, what use do readers have for such tales?

The Books Briefing: The Artists Who Melodize Our Lives

There’s more to music than meets the ear: Your weekly guide to the best in books

The Doomed Project of American Dirt

Jeanine Cummins’s controversial new novel reveals the limits of fiction that wants readers to empathize.

The Books Briefing: Short Stories to Read and Reread This Weekend

Get ready for more original fiction from The Atlantic. Your weekly guide to the best in books.

The Books Briefing: What’s White and Black and Read All Over?

The journalists who help us contextualize: Your weekly guide to the best in books

The cover of 'The Snowy Day' by Ezra Jack Keats.

What Captivates Children About The Snowy Day?

Ezra Jack Keats’s picture book is the most checked-out volume of all time at the New York Public Library. A professor of children’s literature examines why the book has connected with so many kids.

The Frank Bidart Poem That Sums Up How Artists Innovate

In writing, originality doesn’t have to mean rejecting traditional forms.

Why Normal People Want to Work in Silicon Valley

Anna Wiener’s new memoir, Uncanny Valley, tells the story of a regular person under the spell of disruption.

Let’s All Read More Fiction

Over the centuries, our magazine has prized great storytelling. Now we’re recommitting ourselves to publishing short fiction, beginning with a story by Lauren Groff.

A Conversation With Lauren Groff About Her Writing Process

“Often before I write a scene for the final time … I take a minute, close my eyes, and build the world of the scene around me.”

Birdie

A short story

The Books Briefing: First Exercise, Then Write

Health for the body, the mind, and the world: Your weekly guide to the best in books