Atlantic Ascendant

The Atlantic, January/February, 2014 Perhaps Editor-in-Chief James Bennet has developed the complex touch of a successful pro sports team coach. Or maybe the world is handing him better and better stories. Whatever the reason, this issue of The Atlantic is one of the best balanced, most newsworthy, and downright interesting issues yet. And that’s with…

Oddside News That Works

   The Atlantic, September 2013 How to publish responsible journalism but appeal to the weirdness a sensationalism-loving public craves…hmmm… Whatever you do, whatever you write, make sure technology is at the core of it. This is what The Atlantic attempts in this edition, and it seems a success to this reader. The lead story, “The…

Personality Clash

  The Atlantic, April 2013   I’m a little late with this post, but in this day of the personality cult, we feel obliged to know, not just about issues, but about the people who make the issues. As much as I dislike this, The Atlantic has done us a favor by giving us some…

Culture and Content

The Atlantic, March 2013 Maybe I’m guilt plagued for berating a magazine I’ve read for so many years, but I smile now, happy that The Atlantic has its journalistic mojo back. The magazine clearly has an excellent stable of writers, from Ta-Nehisi Coates to James Fallows, and magazine is the better for them. Magazines such…

The New World Comin’ Atcha

  The Atlantic, December 2012 Much talk transpired in the just-over election here in the U.S. about jobs, and James Fallows and Charles Fishman take up the post-election slack in this issue. Manufacturing jobs are returning to the U.S. for a handful of reasons, say these two. One being that the haul distance between raw…

Serious Miscellanea

The Atlantic, November 2012 When I read the magazines I blog on, I’m always on the lookout for a common theme, no matter how tenuous. In this case, I found no satisfaction in that; still it’s one of the better issues I’ve read. It is, after all, the “Brave Thinkers” issue for this year, and…

Atlantic Monthly Gets It Right This Time

I've commented infrequently on Atlantic Monthly, a magazine I've read for many more years than I wish to count. I've had my problems with Atlantic; the editors have often tackled important subjects in the magazine, but all too often they've done so with provocative articles that did too little to inform. But the March 2012 issue…