As the 2018 tournament kicks off, it’s worth revisiting the late Uruguayan writer’s classic book on a sport he approached as both a fan and a social critic.
Inside the wide-ranging search—led by economists and psychologists—for the elixir that turns good squads into great ones
Three Atlantic staffers discuss “Vanishing Point,” the ninth episode of Season 2.
With Everything Is Love, pop’s biggest couple celebrates itself—and its significance to America.
The President Is Missing, co-written with James Patterson, indulges in a familiar trope: the country's top executive as action hero.
In Season 2 of Netflix’s reboot, gay lifestyle advice has less to do with sexuality than with self-definition.
The documentary series The Fourth Estate tries to humanize the journalists who report the news. It can’t help but fall into a trap.
Two new books raise interesting questions about the ethics and effectiveness of the sport’s selection system, with its early and intense winnowing process for aspiring players.
On the highlights of two recent albums—Ye and Kids See Ghosts—the rapper reaches across genres to redefine “freedom” again and again.
This “based on a true story” caper involves an epic game played by a group of overgrown men-children—but it’s not weird or self-aware enough to be a comedy classic.
Lauren Groff’s new collection of short stories is an ecosystem teeming with life, decay, beauty, and fear.
Season 2 of the Freeform dramedy, which follows three women working in journalism, tackles its protagonists’ backstories with a refreshing complexity.
Brad Bird’s long-awaited Pixar sequel is exhilarating to watch, even if its many heady ideas sometimes clash with one another.
A Pennsylvania judge’s decision to quote Shakespeare in a recent ruling doubled as a meaningful, yet still ambiguous, interpretation of cultural chaos.
The country’s biggest actors’ union has struck a deal to eliminate the kind of private auditions that can lead to abuse.
He was one of 21st-century pop culture’s few figures to argue persuasively for an assailed and slippery concept: realness.
Debbie Ocean’s subplot to ensnare her ex-partner is the most gratifying, true-to-life element of a movie that sells itself on the fantastical.
Amy Santiago, played by Melissa Fumero, has exploded many a pop-culture myth about smart, driven women being cold, humorless, and lonely.
To understand how viewing habits have changed, consider the difference between the couch show and the phone show.
In praise of Jurassic Park’s most unheralded hero, the technician played by Samuel L. Jackson, 25 years after the film’s release
At the 2018 Tony Awards the actor and director gave a brief, profane, and pointless outburst about President Trump.