A selection of nine poems from eight young writers
A recent ruling in a case on cell-phone searches may point to future limitations on surveillance.
There is a "deep loathing" between the Israeli and Palestinian leaders, America's Mideast envoy said in his first interview since stepping down.
Even today, parents are selecting for the traits they want in their offspring. But how far should the genetic tailoring go?
While the novel remains a classic because of its timeless characters, one thing doesn't translate: its heroines' ages.
The events of the 1960s are fading into history, but John Lewis believes eyewitness accounts are key to continued progress.
Arianna Huffington explains how banishing glowy devices and going to bed earlier lead to healthier work practices.
Ted Olson often receives credit/blame for helping to create corporate personhood, but he's not so sure about the recent Supreme Court decision.
Former ambassador Michael McFaul on what really motivated Russia to invade Ukraine
Arthur Brooks thinks the world's poor were motivated to "throw off their chains of poverty" because they envied Americans.
Don't get distracted by the deficit: It's time to start fixing America's crumbling infrastructure.
The former House speaker loves Dallas Buyers Club, fears Michael Bloomberg, and says Congress needs a total overhaul.
As they polish their resumes and rack up extracurriculars, today's young people have forgotten how to love, some argue.
The importance of context
The former NSA and CIA director says the phone dragnet was approved by all three branches of government. Actually, its adoption raises severe Madisonian problems.
Nicholas Dirks drew comparisons between Columbia, Stanford, and the institution he runs.
Yes, after the drink.
How we can stop illegal fishing
The stakes are different, but our struggles to define the role of religion in public life are similar.
Using the power of live performance to reach new audiences
John Hickenlooper opposed voter efforts to end prohibition. Now he is charged with implementing one of the first recreational weed markets in America.
The research is part of the social network's drive, Monika Bickert said, to give you what it knows you want.
Keith Alexander and Anthony Romero each led a team of panelists who argued about government surveillance and civil liberties.
The whole the Internet-is-for-cats thing? Such a cliche.
A manifesto against America's 'happiness' and 'resume' cultures
A National Geographic photographer explains why many cultures view the body as a blank canvas.
"If you ask our daughters," she said in a frank interview on work-life balance, "I'm not sure they will say that I've been a good mom."
George Mitchell, Marwan Muasher, and Anne-Marie Slaughter discuss American intervention and the prospects for democratic self-governance in the Middle East
The former senator has yet to publicly come to terms with her catastrophic decision on Iraq.
Simple advice from the president of America's most venerable university
The former secretary of state sees those who would deny women birth control or reject compromise as akin to the theocratic zealots she encountered on her travels overseas.
Are we losing a more humanistic understanding of the world when we think about relationships, work, and life in terms of costs and benefits, comparative advantage, and ROI?
If you were to see an early version of the movie's script, you probably wouldn't be able to recognize the film we know today.
The region is undergoing a convulsion that could take decades to sort itself out.
A short interview on big subjects
For the first time in centuries, we're trusting our neighbors, Brian Chesky says.
When one writer suggested that guns can be regulated without anyone's rights being infringed, he lost his job. Dick Metcalf told his story this morning to a skeptical crowd.
Can due process for educators coexist with the ability to terminate abusive or unqualified individuals?
On television shows, dads have been portrayed as incompetent dolts reflecting and encouraging a damaging attitude towards men and childcare.
But first, both men agree, the company faces 15-round fights in cities across America.
The U.S. population is graying and increasingly non-white. And the Super Bowl proved it.
Can the government turn slums into the world's greenest cities?
In conversation with the screenwriter for the Netflix series, entertainment executive Michael Eisner marvels at how much creatives can now get away with.
Creativity is contingent on willingness to be judged. At some point, many people lose that.
The best education enables artistic voice and creative habits of mind.
Reflections on shopping in the era of iTunes and Amazon.com
The U.S. government, an insider argues, is ill-equipped for a world of automated warfare.
Religious institutions force members to grapple with hard ideas, to interact with different kinds of people, and to receive the wisdom of the ages.
Around the world, older generations are becoming the dominant demographic groups.
A law professor argues that a new federal agency is needed to keep pace with technological change.
Michael Oren made the provocative claim that "the lesser evil is the Sunnis over the Shias," while insisting that the U.S. should never ally with Iran, even against Sunni terrorists.
"Hunter represents something wholly alien to the other candidates for sheriff—ideas."
Amid the spectacular scenery, it's hard not to feel hopeful.
Highlights from recent years of The Atlantic's collaboration with the Aspen Institute
A leading neuroscientist who has spent decades studying creativity shares her research on where genius comes from, whether it is dependent on high IQ—and why it is so often accompanied by mental illness.
Members of creative pairs on their partners
Despite the mythology around the idea of the lone genius, the famous partnership of John Lennon and Paul McCartney demonstrates the brilliance of creative pairs.
How Taco Bell and Frito-Lay put together one of the most successful products in fast-food history
Richard Linklater and his team talk about the artistic opportunities and logistical challenges of shooting a film over 12 years.
Wendy MacNaughton, the best-selling illustrator and author, on her latest book and the making of “illustrated documentaries”
How a British landscape-architecture firm fused art, engineering, and ecology in one of Singapore’s newest—and greenest—tourist destinations
Beyoncé’s creative director on how the pop star revised a track for her latest, boldest album
Out-of-the box approaches to vexing problems, from raising cattle to choosing a president
Lydia Davis, who was awarded the Man Booker International Prize in 2013, has been publishing short stories utterly unlike anyone else’s for almost 40 years. Sometimes as brief as a sentence or several paragraphs, they dispense with conventional narrative and character in favor of astringent wit and aphoristic insight. Davis’s commentary on these two drafts of an early story reveals that every word is ripe for scrutiny.
Ernest Hemingway began his first novel, The Sun Also Rises, on July 21, 1925 (his 26th birthday), and delivered his completed revisions to his editor at Scribner, Maxwell Perkins, on April 21, 1926. A new Hemingway Library Edition—with a personal foreword by Patrick Hemingway, the author’s sole surviving son, and a new introduction by Hemingway’s grandson Seán Hemingway—includes early drafts, as well as deleted chapters and paragraphs. Michael Gorra, who teaches at Smith College and is the author, most recently, of Portrait of a Novel: Henry James and the Making of an American Masterpiece, examines an excerpt from the first draft.