The Atlantic 201605

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  1. The Secret Shame of Middle-Class Americans

    Nearly half of Americans would have trouble finding $400 to pay for an emergency. I’m one of them.

  2. Payday Lending: Will Anything Better Replace It?

    The practice is slowly being regulated out of existence. But it’s unclear where low-income Americans will find short-term loans instead.

  3. How Warren Buffett’s Son Would Feed the World

    Howard G. Buffett has spent most of his life as a farmer, with little financial support from his father—until recently. Now he runs a multibillion-dollar foundation dedicated to ending global hunger.

  4. The Hell After ISIS

    Even as the militant group loses ground in Iraq, many Sunnis say they have no hope for peace. One family’s story shows why.

  5. Fiction: The Wall

    A short story about family and class

  6. Why Luck Matters More Than You Might Think

    When people see themselves as self-made, they tend to be less generous and public-spirited.

  7. How Islam Created Europe

    In late antiquity, the religion split the Mediterranean world in two. Now it is remaking the Continent.

  8. The Socialist Case Against Bernie

    Eugene Puryear explains why Sanders isn’t revolutionary enough.

  9. Big in Thailand: Fake Kids

    Middle-class women treat the “child angels” as though they’re real, taking them to get blowouts at salons and even giving them their own seats at restaurants.

  10. San Francisco’s Plan to Bury a Freeway

    The city is transforming an old, major road into a new public park.

  11. Is Grit Overrated?

    The downsides of dogged, single-minded persistence

  12. How to Boast on the Sly

    A guide to bragging better

  13. When Cars Fly

    How driverless vehicles could change meetings, manufacturing, safety, and more

  14. The Curse of Being Cool

    Popular teens are likely to become irresponsible young adults. A very short book excerpt.

  15. The Greatest Poet Alive

    The feral genius of Australia’s Les Murray

  16. How Animals Think

    A new look at what humans can learn from nonhuman minds

  17. Death and Don DeLillo

    In his 17th novel, life is preserved by cryonic freezing while the apocalypse looms.

  18. What Prison Takes Away

    The oldest known incarceration memoir by an African American indicts a system that destroys souls.

  19. A Dark Collage of Fear and Beauty

    A short book review of The Fox Was Ever the Hunter

  20. The Conversation

    Readers respond to our March 2016 cover story and more.

  21. What Is the Greatest Prank of All Time?

    A big question

  22. Retreat

    A poem