The Atlantic 201606

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  1. The Mind of Donald Trump

    Narcissism, disagreeableness, grandiosity—a psychologist investigates how Trump’s extraordinary personality might shape his possible presidency.

  2. The False Promise of DNA Testing

    The forensic technique is becoming ever more common—and ever less reliable.

  3. How Kids Learn Resilience

    In recent years, the idea that educators should be teaching kids qualities like grit and self-control has caught on. Successful strategies, though, are hard to come by.

  4. There’s No Such Thing as Free Will

    But we’re better off believing in it anyway.

  5. Reading Proust on My Cellphone

    I glided through sentence after sentence, volume after volume, on my Android in the nighttime darkness. The experience was remarkably ... Proustian.

  6. China’s Twilight Years

    The country’s population is aging and shrinking. That means big consequences for its economy—and America’s global standing.

  7. Big in Mexico: The Migrants’ Saint

    “I prayed and he got me to the other side.”

  8. The Apprentice

    One way or another, there will be a Trump on Pennsylvania Avenue next year.

  9. Life Isn’t Fair

    So why do people behave as though it is?

  10. The Energy Interstate

    A national system of electricity transmission could cut power-plant emissions by 80 percent.

  11. The Future of Getting High

    Scientists are working on nonaddictive opiates, pills that sober you up, and pot designed to produce certain moods.

  12. Bicycle Face

    Wide, wild eyes, a migration of facial features toward the center—could you be suffering from this grim condition? A very short book excerpt.

  13. The Rise and Fall of Ultimate Fighter Conor McGregor

    A fantastically entertaining—and bankable—athlete shies away from the chance to reclaim MMA glory.

  14. The Destructive Legacy of Housing Segregation

    Less visible than the rise of income inequality in America is its impact in shaping the country’s urban neighborhoods. Two books—by Matthew Desmond and Mitchell Duneier—could help change that.

  15. The Brontës’ Secret

    The sisters turned domestic constraints into grist for brilliant books.

  16. Genes Are Overrated

    Their discovery wasn’t predestined, nor do they dictate our destinies—and current ideas about them may die.

  17. Satire and Shtick Against a Backdrop of ‘Glorious Dust’

    A mother and daughter wade through the loss of father and son in Olja Savičević’s bleakly bizarre novel Adios, Cowboy.

  18. Finding the ‘Beautifully Chaotic’ in Grief

    Max Porter’s debut novel careens between mocking hilarity and heartbreaking sorrow.

  19. The Conversation

    Readers respond to our April 2016 cover story.

  20. What Is History’s Most Influential Feud?

    A big question

  21. Articulation

    A poem