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How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

Russian-Saudi relations could be very different today, if Stalin hadn't killed the Soviet ambassador to Saudi Arabia.<p>Last week, Saudi King Salman was greeted in Moscow with a lot of pomp and media attention. The 81-year-old monarch arrived with a 1,500-strong delegation amid high expectations for …

How Mikhail Gorbachev ended the cold war

<b>Gorbachev: His Life and Times.</b> By William Taubman. <i>W.W. Norton; 880 pages; $39.95. Simon & Schuster; £25.</i><p>ON DECEMBER 23rd 1991 Mikhail Gorbachev, the …

The Coming Confrontation Between Israel and Iran

The regime is acting out, forcing Netanyahu to respond.<p>In the United States, discussions of Iran have, for the last few years, centered mostly around the JCPOA—the nuclear deal negotiated by President Obama. In the Middle East, things are different.<p>This is because, while we have been debating, Iran …

Middle East

The Secret of Churchill’s Darkest Hour: An American General in London

Right under the nose of an ambassador who thought the Brits were finished Raymond E. Lee told the White House it was otherwise—and he was …

Darkest Hour

The failure to rebuild Mosul could let Islamic State return

WHEN Haider al-Abadi, Iraq’s prime minister, launched the battle a year ago to retake Mosul from the jihadists of Islamic State (IS, or Daesh in …

Middle East

In Search of a Lost Screenplay: When Pinter Adapted Proust

If one were to create a stylistic spectrum of great writers in the twentieth century, Harold Pinter and Marcel Proust would likely wind up on opposite ends of it. In Pinter, the meaning lies in what is <i>not</i> said, with the emotional events occurring in those famous pauses that he inserted so liberally …

In the Sontag Archives

Throughout her life, Susan Sontag filled her journals with lists of vocabulary (“integument,” “snap brim fedora,” “gruel,” “persiflage”) that she encountered in her reading and travels. These lists, and the journals that contain them, can be consulted much as researchers have always consulted …

Roosevelt Through European Eyes (The Atlantic, July 1955

Isaiah Berlin on FDR: 'The Only Light in the Darkness'

On what would have been Roosevelt's 132nd birthday, a look back at the philosopher's 1955 Atlantic essay on how Europe viewed the American president.<p>When Franklin Roosevelt was born on January 30, 1882—132 years ago today—it might reasonably have been assumed that he was destined for success. The …

How to Write about Africa | Binyavanga Wainaina

Always use the word ‘Africa’ or ‘Darkness’ or ‘Safari’ in your title. Subtitles may include the words ‘Zanzibar’, ‘Masai’, ‘Zulu’, ‘Zambezi’, …

The Atlantic

The National Book Award finalist Min Jin Lee on how the story of Joseph, and the idea that goodness can come from suffering, influences her work<p>Joe Fassler<br>• Dec 20, 2017<p>The <i>Little Fires Everywhere</i> novelist Celeste Ng explains how the surprising structure of the classic children’s book informs her work.<p>…

Paris Review - Javier Marías, The Art of Fiction No. 190

Interviewed by Sarah Fay<p>Issue 179, Winter 2006<p>Marias in Madrid, around 2000.<p>A waiter at a restaurant in Madrid gasped when I mentioned that I was in town to interview Javier Marías. “You know him?” he asked, as if I’d named a president or a movie star. “Sometimes we see him walking down the street.”<p>…

The American Who Gave His Life to Chairman Mao

On the dictator's 120th birthday, Sidney Rittenberg—whose life story entwines with the turbulent history of the People's Republic—describes his interactions with the man who still dominates China 37 years after his death.<p>From 1944, when the 23-year-old Sidney Rittenberg first arrived in China with …

The Elmore Leonard Paradox

Why so many screen adaptations of the work of America’s most cinematic novelist are so bad—and what makes the exceptions, like TV’s Justified, so good<p>When Elmore Leonard died in August at age 87, he left behind more than 40 novels, a number of short stories, and one ongoing television show, …

You’re Saying It Wrong

The implacable pedantry of the word police<p>In August, the outcry began. “Have we literally broken the English language?” asked The Guardian. The Web site io9 announced “literally the greatest lexicographical travesty of our time,” while The Week bemoaned “the most unforgivable thing dictionaries …

Happy Holidays! Here's an E-Book About a 3D-Printed Sad Keanu

Sad Keanu's Excellent 3D Adventures, an e-book gift from us to you<p>It is not every day that I have an idea as bad/good as May 26, 2013. It was on that day that I took a tiny 3D printed doll of Keanu Reeves looking sad into the real world and detailed his adventures in text and photographs.<p>The story …

Have Women Achieved Equality? America Says: Sorta

A new poll finds that Millennial men are least likely to see the need for further progress.<p>One can argue at length about how much progress the United States has made towards male-female equality over the past 20 years (my vote: less than you probably think). But the trend in public opinion about …

2013 in Music: The Good, the Problematic, the GIFs

A roundtable about the songs that defined, or should have defined, the year<p><i>The Atlantic</i>'s Entertainment Channel—editorial fellow Nolan Feeney plus editors Ashley Fetters and Spencer Kornhaber—discusses the songs that made us laugh, cry, rage, and want to hit the gym. Scroll to the bottom for the …

Nirvana's Tense, Brilliant Unplugged in New York, 20 Years Later

Recorded four months before Kurt Cobain's death, Nirvana's MTV performance was intimate, awkward, and totally genius.<p>Nirvana’s legendary <i>Unplugged in New York</i> has never really had the chance to be evaluated outside of the canonization of Kurt Cobain that followed his entry into the “27 Club.” It’s …

The Most Important Legal Stories of 2013

This year's lesson is that some courtroom battles must be fought over and over again, from one generation to the next.<p>Where you stand on the legal events of 2013 depends entirely upon who you are. If you are an advocate of gay rights, for example, it was a year of breathtaking success in court and …

You Can Never Be Too Ready for Hillary

Obama-weary Democrats have a new cause. Care for a Readytini?<p>Let me ask you something. Are you ready for Hillary? I mean, really ready?<p>A lot of people are ready. The exact number is considered proprietary information, but the folks at Ready for Hillary, the super PAC formed to urge former Secretary …

Gay Rights and Putin’s Olympics

In Vladimir Putin’s Russia—<i>official</i> Russia—there is no controversy about the rights of gays and lesbians. Controversy suggests a serious clash of ideas and opinions; controversy suggests points of view that are in opposition and, potentially, subject to change. This is not the case when it comes to …

Malaise II: Revenge of the DINOs

This is a movie I think I’ve seen before.<p>In Politico’s new magazine spinoff, an offering from the onetime Clinton pollster Douglas Schoen and the onetime Carter pollster Patrick Caddell carries a headline that sounded to me like a ghostly echo: <i>AMERICA’S CRISIS OF TRUST</i>.<p>“We are facing a profound …

Orson Welles, Our Shakespeare

Last year, I called Charlie Chaplin “the Shakespeare of the twentieth century.” This week, writing in the magazine about a pair of Shakespeare adaptations by Orson Welles, I call Welles “the Shakespeare of cinema.” This is no oversight, no accident, and no contradiction. Chaplin’s Shakespearean …

One day in the life of Mikhail Khodorkovsky

The last time I interviewed Mikhail Khodorkovsky, I came away fearing for his life. Russia’s one-time richest man was standing in the defendant’s …