Cullen Murphy

Cullen Murphy is managing editor of the Atlantic Monthly and also writes the comic strip Prince Valiant.

The Good Word
Feb. 11 1999 3:30 AMFeelin' GroovyCan anybody say it with a straight face?
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Oct. 14 1998 3:30 AMYours, Mine, and OursWhose God is it, anyway?
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July 9 1998 3:30 AMTrash TalkingThe many forms of empty and hypocritical speech.
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May 20 1998 3:30 AMAlphabet SoupA technological history of reading and writing.
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April 2 1998 3:30 AMThe Lie of the LandEquivocations, deceptions, fibs, and other forms of not telling the truth.
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Jan. 1 1998 3:30 AMNoted With PleasureThe glorious art of citing your sources.
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Oct. 2 1997 3:30 AMToo Much of a Good ThingHow much hype is overhype?
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June 25 1997 3:30 AMMeet John Doe... and Jane Roe, John Q. Public, and other ordinary citizens.
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April 3 1997 3:30 AMAre We Content?Yes, and product, too.
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Jan. 9 1997 3:30 AMThe Ebonic Plague?Nope, no sudden outbreak here. Black English--whatever the name--has been around for centuries.
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Nov. 13 1996 3:30 AMMore for Your MoneyWhat's the value in value-added?
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Aug. 28 1996 3:30 AMAirline EnglishWhy flight attendants talk like that.
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Dec. 9 1998 3:30 AMA Few Well-Chosen WordsOur collective unconscious online.  
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Sept. 10 1998 3:30 AMPlain SpeakingA Y2002 Problem.
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June 3 1998 3:30 AMBible EnglishLike it or not, the good book lies behind everything you say.
The Breakfast Table
June 23 1999 1:06 AMDissecting the Day's News
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Feb. 19 1998 3:30 AMLike Sands Through the HourglassAt the end of the day, what does it all mean?
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Nov. 27 1997 3:30 AMThe Firmness FactorHard thinking about soft questions.
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Aug. 28 1997 3:30 AMThe Enemy WithinTrojan horses and fifth columns are all around us.
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May 22 1997 3:30 AMHow to Delight With StatisticsEdward Tufte's books make train schedules irresistible.
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Feb. 13 1997 3:30 AMThis Is the EndWhy do we long so for closure?
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Jan. 2 1997 3:30 AMNaming NamesThe eponym craze.
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Oct. 9 1996 3:30 AMYadda Yadda YaddaOn saying nothing.
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June 25 1996 3:30 AMJesuitical vs. TalmudicMaking arguments, splitting hairs



The Ebola Story

How our minds build narratives out of disaster.

The Budget Disaster That Completely Sabotaged the WHO’s Response to Ebola

PowerPoint Is the Worst, and Now It’s the Latest Way to Hack Into Your Computer

The Shooting Tragedies That Forged Canada’s Gun Politics

A Highly Unscientific Ranking of Crazy-Old German Beers


Welcome to 13th Grade!

Some high schools are offering a fifth year. That’s a great idea.


The Actual World

“Mount Thoreau” and the naming of things in the wilderness.

Want Kids to Delay Sex? Let Planned Parenthood Teach Them Sex Ed.

Would You Trust Walmart to Provide Your Health Care? (You Should.)

  News & Politics
Oct. 22 2014 9:42 PM Landslide Landrieu Can the Louisiana Democrat use the powers of incumbency to save herself one more time?
Continuously Operating
Oct. 22 2014 2:38 PM Crack Open an Old One A highly unscientific evaluation of Germany’s oldest breweries.
Gentleman Scholar
Oct. 22 2014 5:54 PM May I Offer to Sharpen My Friends’ Knives? Or would that be rude?
  Double X
The XX Factor
Oct. 22 2014 4:27 PM Three Ways Your Text Messages Change After You Get Married
  Slate Plus
Tv Club
Oct. 22 2014 5:27 PM The Slate Walking Dead Podcast A spoiler-filled discussion of Episodes 1 and 2.
Oct. 22 2014 11:54 PM The Actual World “Mount Thoreau” and the naming of things in the wilderness.
Future Tense
Oct. 22 2014 5:33 PM One More Reason Not to Use PowerPoint: It’s The Gateway for a Serious Windows Vulnerability
  Health & Science
Wild Things
Oct. 22 2014 2:42 PM Orcas, Via Drone, for the First Time Ever
Sports Nut
Oct. 20 2014 5:09 PM Keepaway, on Three. Ready—Break! On his record-breaking touchdown pass, Peyton Manning couldn’t even leave the celebration to chance.