Subscribe to The Atlantic and get 2 free issues

Can wine become an American habit? (Fortune, 1934)

Editor's note: Every Sunday, Fortune publishes a favorite story from our magazine archives. This week, we turn to a feature from 1934 on the U.S. wine industry (original headline: "The…
PUBLISHED: March 25, 2012
LENGTH: 26 minutes (6510 words)

Revenge of The Thanatoids

None of this is particularly new… — Work, CrimethInc. One of the first questions that comes to mind in reading CrimethInc.’s recent Work is “Whom is it…
LENGTH: 8 minutes (2062 words)

How one man escaped from a North Korean prison camp

His first memory is an execution. He walked with his mother to a wheat field, where guards had rounded up several thousand prisoners. The boy crawled between legs to the front row, where he saw…
PUBLISHED: March 16, 2012
LENGTH: 19 minutes (4954 words)

Human Understanding, Randomness, Free Will, and Delusion Part III

by Kent Bottles, MD First posted on Kent Bottles’ Private Views on 3/12/12 In this exercise, I am trying to understand what is going on in my world. Car Talk with the Magliozzi brothers…
PUBLISHED: March 12, 2012
LENGTH: 6 minutes (1517 words)

William Golding's crisis

On the evening of 12 April 1967, in the cosy sitting room of his cottage in Bowerchalke, near Salisbury, the novelist William Golding and his family settled down next to the radio to listen to the…
PUBLISHED: March 11, 2012
LENGTH: 9 minutes (2458 words)

Withdrawal from Representation

Dense clusters of radio waves leave our planet every second. Our letters and snapshots, intimate and official communications, TV broadcasts and text messages drift away from earth in rings, a…
LENGTH: 12 minutes (3181 words)

Why Cognitive Enhancement Is In Your Future (And Your Past)

Using technology to enhance our brains sounds terrifying, but using tools to make ourselves smarter may be part of humans' nature. It could be that we are on the verge of a great deluge of cognitive…
LENGTH: 16 minutes (4188 words)

A Guide to the Digital Advertising Industry That's Watching Your Every Click

In this excerpt from his new book, The Daily You, University of Pennsylvania professor Joseph Turow takes you on a tour of the industry that's trafficking in the data you generate every day on the…
LENGTH: 15 minutes (3791 words)

(no title provided)