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James Atlas

October 27, 2008 |
The Nine Stages of Economic Calamity

Shock, denial, grief, relief, brief exuberance, back to grief, gloating, catastrophist fantasies, and finally—maybe—acceptance.

September 25, 2006
The Ma and Pa of the Intelligentsia

Robert Silvers and Barbara Epstein of The New York Review of Books set the table for the city’s left intellectuals for the past 40 years. But now that Epstein’s gone, home is a lot lonelier.

March 6, 2006 | The Book Review
Keeping Up With the Dead

The confessions of an obit addict.

April 18, 2005 | Intelligencer
The Last Time I Saw Saul

Bellow’s biographer says goodbye.

February 21, 2005 | Feature
The Big F

At 50, I was fired. It was awful. I lived. Learning to embrace failure in a city fueled by success.

November 15, 2004 | 2004 Race
The Gathering Darkness of the Blue State of Mind

Even before Election Day, I’d been experiencing uncharacteristic twinges of optimism. At cocktail parties, there had been a steady drumbeat of hopeful rumors.

August 16, 2004 | Feature
The Fear This Time

Are we getting to the point where terror is just something we complain about but live with, like bad weather?