James Parker

James Parker is a contributing editor at the Atlantic.

One Awesome Thing
July 13 2014 10:13 PMThe Greatest Short Story of All-TimeIt’s “Rikki-Tikki-Tavi.”
One Awesome Thing
Feb. 25 2014 9:45 AMWhy We Love Jason BourneHis mission is the essential human mission—to find out who the hell he is.
July 25 2013 7:55 AMLennon + McCartney = NilssonHarry Nilsson had John’s perversity, Paul’s whimsy, and one of the strangest careers in singer-songwriter history.
March 19 2013 10:15 AMObey Your MasterWhy Metallica was huge, still is huge, and always will be huge.
Nov. 1 2012 3:35 AMOld ManNeil Young takes a look at his life on his new album, Psychedelic Pill.
June 29 2012 11:39 PMThe 1991 Novel That Predicted Sarah PalinThe freakish, fantastic prescience of Raymond Kennedy’s Ride a Cockhorse.
Nov. 24 2009 11:17 AMOutfoxedHow Roald Dahl's stories for children eclipsed his fiction for adults.
April 1 2009 7:13 AMNü TestamentsTwo memoirs about turning to God, from two members of Korn.
Jan. 22 2009 6:50 AMNo Father to His StyleThe spiritual journey of Ol' Dirty Bastard.
Nov. 23 2007 8:30 AMIs That a Microphone in My Pocket?When rock show banter goes wrong.
One Awesome Thing
April 2 2014 9:48 AMSuarez Strikes AgainThe nasty, greedy goals of the Liverpool FC attacker.
Sept. 16 2013 5:47 AMA Story in Every CellFalconer, John Cheever’s prison novel, was his masterpiece.
May 28 2013 8:00 AMGuess Who Just Got Back Today?The triumph of Thin Lizzy’s “The Boys Are Back in Town.”
Jan. 15 2013 5:30 AMThe Ordeal of Jack and EvelynKerouac and Waugh wouldn’t have been friends on Earth, but they’re totally hanging out in heaven.
Sept. 21 2012 3:49 AMAh, Fugitive VisionsThe pale, meaningless, non-punk-rock of Grizzly Bear.
Feb. 5 2010 9:33 AMOzzy Does ItThe improbable persistence of Ozzy Osbourne.
April 17 2009 7:05 AMDevilishly GoodWhat makes Tony Gilroy's movies so impossible to resist?
Feb. 24 2009 7:20 AMVan Morrison's Astral Weeks: Live at the Hollywood BowlShould aging rock stars be allowed to dust off their magnum opuses?
Oct. 29 2008 6:53 AMStill CurrentThirty years of AC/DC.


Medical Examiner

The Most Terrifying Thing About Ebola 

The disease threatens humanity by preying on humanity.

I Bought the Huge iPhone. I’m Already Thinking of Returning It.

Scotland Is Just the Beginning. Expect More Political Earthquakes in Europe.

Students Aren’t Going to College Football Games as Much Anymore

And schools are getting worried.

Global Marches Demand Action on Climate Change


Blacks Don’t Have a Corporal Punishment Problem

Americans do. But when blacks exhibit the same behaviors as others, it becomes part of a greater black pathology. 

Why a Sketch of Chelsea Manning Is Stirring Up Controversy

How Worried Should Poland, the Baltic States, and Georgia Be About a Russian Invasion?

  News & Politics
Sept. 20 2014 11:13 AM -30-
Business Insider
Sept. 20 2014 6:30 AM The Man Making Bill Gates Richer
Sept. 20 2014 7:27 AM How Do Plants Grow Aboard the International Space Station?
  Double X
The XX Factor
Sept. 19 2014 4:58 PM Steubenville Gets the Lifetime Treatment (And a Cheerleader Erupts Into Flames)
  Slate Plus
Tv Club
Sept. 21 2014 1:15 PM The Slate Doctor Who Podcast: Episode 5  A spoiler-filled discussion of "Time Heist."
Sept. 21 2014 9:00 PM Attractive People Being Funny While Doing Amusing and Sometimes Romantic Things Don’t dismiss it. Friends was a truly great show.
Future Tense
Sept. 19 2014 6:31 PM The One Big Problem With the Enormous New iPhone
  Health & Science
Bad Astronomy
Sept. 21 2014 8:00 AM An Astronaut’s Guided Video Tour of Earth
Sports Nut
Sept. 18 2014 11:42 AM Grandmaster Clash One of the most amazing feats in chess history just happened, and no one noticed.