Alice Fulton: Justice + Beauty = Sublime
The acclaimed poet Alice Fulton talks about Cascade Experiment, her new collection of poems, and why art must aim to be "fair"—in both senses of the word.

Franklin Foer: Soccerworld
Franklin Foer, the author of How Soccer Explains the World, on what soccer has to tell us about globalization, identity politics, and the future of baseball.

Trevor Corson: Livin' la Vida Lobster
Trevor Corson, the author of The Secret Life of Lobsters, talks about fishing for lobsters, and the quirks of our favorite crustacean.

Alain de Botton: The Status-tician
Why do the successes of our peers drive us crazy? Alain de Botton, the author of Status Anxiety, explains.

Edwidge Danticat: Grappling With Haiti's Beasts
Edwidge Danticat talks about reconnecting with her homeland—and coming to terms with its legacy of violence—through fiction.

Robert Olen Butler: Faraway Voices
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Robert Olen Butler talks about tapping into different points of view and writing "from the place where you dream."

David Bezmozgis: From Toronto With Love
David Bezmozgis talks about his sudden literary success and his first collection of stories, a wry and intimate portrait of a Russian-Jewish immigrant family.

Niall Ferguson: Our Imperial Imperative
Niall Ferguson, the author of Colossus, laments the emasculation of American imperialism.

Brian Greene: The Universe Made Simple
Brian Greene, the author of The Fabric of the Cosmos, on opening readers' eyes to the hidden forces that govern our world.

Jonathan Rauch: A Modest (Marriage) Proposal
Jonathan Rauch talks about his quest to establish a middle ground in the gay-marriage debate.

Scott Stossel: The Call to Service
Scott Stossel, the author of Sarge, talks about the life and legacy of Sargent Shriver.

The Scourge of Agriculture: An Interview With Richard Manning
Richard Manning argues that looking back to what "nature has already imagined" could be the solution for a world ravaged by farming.

Paul Theroux: The Perpetual Stranger
Paul Theroux talks about writing and traveling—and the liberation that both provide.

Benny Morris: The Lonely Historian
Benny Morris discusses the new version of his famously controversial book, The Birth of the Palestinian Refugee Problem, which has left him alienated from both the left and the right.

The Thoughtful Soldier: An Interview With Douglas Brinkley
Douglas Brinkley, the author of Tour of Duty, on John Kerry's conflicted but heroic service in Vietnam.

Debra Dickerson: Getting Over Race
Debra Dickerson, the author of The End of Blackness, on why she thinks the African-American community needs to "grow up."

Christopher Browning: An Insidious Evil
Christopher Browning, the author of The Origins of the Final Solution, explains how ordinary Germans came to accept as inevitable the extermination of the Jews.

Matthew Miller: Let's Make a Deal
Matthew Miller, the author of The Two Percent Solution, talks about the promise of the political center and the life we might find there.

Tracy Kidder: Something Special in the World
Tracy Kidder, the author of Mountains Beyond Mountains, on Paul Farmer, a doctor who set out to make a difference

Thomas Mallon: Jazz, Flappers, and Magazines
Thomas Mallon talks about his new novel, Bandbox—a madcap caper through the zany publishing world of 1920s New York.

Andrew Meier: Scenes From Russian Life
Andrew Meier, who spent most of the past decade in Russia, talks about his travels through a country both damaged and vital.

Scott Turow: Life or Death Decision
In his latest book, Scott Turow talks about how he came to believe that the country's experiment with capital punishment has "failed miserably."

Tobias Wolff: The Writing Obsession
Tobias Wolff on his new novel, Old School, an examination of literary ambition gone awry.

Robert Gildea: "Neither Heroes nor Villains"
Robert Gildea, the author of Marianne in Chains, talks about his efforts to demystify the French experience under Nazi occupation.

Peter Carey: A Living, Breathing Hoax
Peter Carey, the author of My Life as a Fake, talks about adding a dramatic new twist to an Australian literary legend.

James Carroll: Living Under War's Shadow
A conversation with James Carroll, whose new novel, Secret Father, explores the political and emotional divisions of post-war Germany.

Diane Johnson: An American in Paris
Diane Johnson, whose novels limn the cultural differences between France and America, talks about our "abiding fascination" the French and their country.

Virginia Postrel: The Joy of Style
Virginia Postrel, the author of The Substance of Style, argues that we should count ourselves lucky to be living in "the age of look and feel."

Carl Elliott: The Pursuit of Happiness
Carl Elliott, the author of Better Than Well, talks about amputee wannabes, Extreme Makeover, and the meta-ethics of bioethics.

Harold Bloom: Ranting Against Cant
Harold Bloom, a staunch defender of the Western literary tradition, returns to Shakespeare, "the true multicultural author."

Simon Winchester: When the Earth Flexes Its Muscles
Simon Winchester, the author of Krakatoa, talks about the natural and cultural reverberations of a famous volcanic eruption.

Frank Bidart: The Journey of a Maker
Frank Bidart, editor of Robert Lowell's Collected Poems, talks about Lowell's unending search for different possibilities for his art.

Zoë Heller: Learning in Public
Zoë Heller, the author of What Was She Thinking?, talks about trying a new point of view, and how journalism prepared her for fiction.

Alston Chase: The Disease of the Modern Era
Alston Chase, the author of Harvard and the Unabomber, argues that we have much to fear from the forces that made Ted Kaczynski what he is.

Azar Nafisi: The Fiction of Life
Azar Nafisi, the author of Reading Lolita in Tehran, on the dangers of using religion as an ideology, and the freedoms that literature can bring.

Adrian Nicole LeBlanc: Bronx Story
A conversation with Adrian Nicole LeBlanc, whose new book, Random Family, chronicles the struggles of an impoverished extended family in New York.

Cristina García: The Nature of Inheritance
A conversation with Cristina García, whose new novel, Monkey Hunting, explores Cuban identity, immigrant life, and the way family history evolves.

John Murray: Caught Between Places
A conversation with John Murray, a doctor-turned-writer whose characters often must reconcile their new lives with the ones they've left behind.

Stephen Schwartz: The Real Islam
In The Two Faces of Islam Stephen Schwartz argues that in order to appreciate the pluralist, tolerant side of Islam, we must confront its ugly, extremist side.

Richard Price: Shades of Gray
In his new novel, Samaritan, Richard Price returns to Dempsy, New Jersey—a world where "lines aren't so strictly drawn."

David Frum: The Real George Bush
David Frum, a former presidential speechwriter and the author of The Right Man, gives an inside look at the character of George W. Bush.

Daniel Goldhagen:
The Guilt of the Church

Daniel Goldhagen, the author of A Moral Reckoning, calls upon the Catholic Church to face its legacy of anti-Semitism and its role in the Holocaust.

David Cannadine:
A Certain Kind of Greatness

David Cannadine, the author of In Churchill's Shadow, talks about Britain's reaction to its own decline.

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Journalism and Morality (June 1926)
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Notes on the New Journalism (May 1972)
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Poetry Pages: Recollecting Longfellow
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Flashbacks: Tracking Hemingway
Atlantic articles from 1939 to 1983—by Edmund Wilson, Malcolm Cowley, Alfred Kazin, and others—track the strengths and weaknessnes of this American literary lion.

Flashbacks: Henry James
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Classic Review: Great Expectations, by Charles Dickens (September 1861)
"The very title of this book indicates the confidence of conscious genius."

Classic Review: Middlemarch, by George Eliot (April 1873)
"The verdict which public opinion has pronounced, or, rather, is from time to time pronouncing, on the writing of George Eliot is certainly a very complicated one."

Classic Review: Leaves of Grass, by Walt Whitman (January 1882)
"The book cannot attain to any very wide influence."

Classic Review: On the Road, by Jack Kerouac (October 1957)
"The novel contains a great deal of excellent writing. Mr. Kerouac has a distinctive style, part severe simplicity, part hep-cat jargon, part baroque fireworks."

Classic Review: Lolita, by Vladimir Nabokov (September 1958)
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