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What We Can Learn from Neruda’s Poetry of Resistance

When I first embarked on writing a biography of Pablo Neruda over a decade ago, I wanted to explore the political power of poetry and its capacity to inspire social change. Neruda’s social verse was an integral part of the humanity he expressed; even without pen in hand, he boldly inserted himself …

Literature

Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment refashioned the idea of what a novel could be

The Russian novelist’s fiction trades in pounding hearts and burning glazes.<p>With the exception of <i>Rogue One: A Star Wars Story</i> and possibly <i>Frasier</i>, …

Want to become a speechwriter? Step 1: Write speeches

Being a speechwriter is great, but how do you land such a gig?<p>I’ve been a professional speechwriter for more than a decade and have written for heads …

National Identity Is Made Up

<b>National identity is the myth that built the modern world. We explain its origins in a new video series from The Interpreter.</b><p>Max Fisher and Amanda Taub write The Interpreter, which explores the ideas behind major world events. They use political and social science to explain topics from …

Authoritarianism

How to Make Greek-Style Chicken

For this Mediterranean-inspired dinner, we process the protein with fresh oregano, garlic, and red pepper to insure speedy cooking while packing in …

To Our Readers

<b>How we will continue to inform and inspire you in 2018</b><p>The world in 2018 will be full of dramatic change, improbable victories, and game-changing breakthroughs. Elections will be won and lost. Olympians will be hailed. Cryptocurrencies will rise and fall. And technology will continue to inexorably …

The Devastating Paradox of Pakistan

How Afghanistan’s neighbor cultivated American dependency while subverting American policy<p>Two months after the 2008 U.S. presidential election, Vice President–elect Joe Biden sat with Afghanistan’s president, Hamid Karzai, in the Arg Palace, an 83-acre compound in Kabul that had become a gilded …

Border Crossings

5 great unsolved philosophical questions

The discipline of philosophy covers the study of everything; from the study of knowledge, art, language, and the very nature of existence, to moral, …

Philosophy

The Startling Link Between Sugar and Alzheimer's

A high-carb diet, and the attendant high blood sugar, are associated with cognitive decline.<p>In recent years, Alzheimer’s disease has occasionally been referred to as “type 3” diabetes, though that moniker doesn’t make much sense. After all, though they share a problem with insulin, type 1 diabetes …

Diabetes

The Best Books We Read in 2017

The Atlantic’s editors and writers share their favorite titles—new, classic, or somewhere in between—from a year of reading.<p>Editor’s Note: Find all of <i>The Atlantic</i>’s “Best of 2017” coverage here.<p><i>Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News</i> by Kevin Young<p>It’s too …

Books

The Third Person

A short story, by its nature, doesn’t start at the beginning, and doesn’t finish at the end. Rather, it parachutes the reader into the middle of a …

Paris Review - Storytelling: An Exchange

Malcolm Gladwell & Michael Lewis<p>Issue 222, Fall 2017<p>Michael Lewis (left) and Malcolm Gladwell onstage at the 92nd Street Y, New York, 2016<p><i>Malcolm Gladwell and Michael Lewis met in the early nineties, when both were reporting for the</i> New Republic<i>. Since then, they have gone on to write some of the</i> …

Literature

Salman Rushdie says Donald Trump is “demolishing reality”

The U.S. president, says Rushdie, is “crazy like a fox,” which has made his attacks on the concept of objective truth so effective<p>Salman Rushdie’s …

Donald Trump