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The Atlantic

Noisy Old People

Grandmothers are creating a ruckus in China’s public spaces.

The Extraordinary Future of Shoes

They’re a little like cars in that sense, except we can buy a whole lot more of them, so we can change that identity from one day to the next.

The Fatigues Off Her Back

When she was making the paper for the doll, Deluco noticed sand in the bottom of the vat — sand ferried from Iraq and Afghanistan in the seams of a uniform, now embedded in the book itself.

The Lovely, Lost Art of Luggage Labels

We don’t allow much time for falling down the rabbit-hole of memories that a chance glimpse of an old, well-traveled suitcase can ideally inspire.

To the Lighthouse

For how would you like to be shut up for a whole month at a time, and possibly more in stormy weather, upon a rock the size of a tennis lawn?

Does City Life Have to Mean Life Without Stars?

What I remember most vividly is the feeling of disorientation as I stared up at the jam-packed firmament, streaked by the fluid, wispy smoke of the Milky Way, all of it animated from time to time by the fiery trail of a meteor.

Faces of the Rust Belt

In his new book A, photographer Gregory Halpern set out to capture the people of the American Rust Belt.

Searching for Ostalgie

By parsing the wacky surface trappings of the historical East, a visitor can get a sense of the deeper cultural currents behind ostalgie, and why Berliners feel the way that they do.

The End of Chinatown

Does China’s rise mean the end of one of America’s most storied ethnic enclaves?

‘One Millionth Tower’: A Virtual Document of Highrise Life

In director Katerina Cizek’s innovative new documentary, One Millionth Tower, she focuses on the specific and ubiquitous reality of the highrise: more than one billion of us live in “vertical homes,” as she calls them, and many of them are falling into disrepair.

Greening With Envy

How knowing your neighbor’s electric bill can help you to cut yours.