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.


War Stories

The Right Target

Why Obama’s airstrikes against ISIS may be more effective than people expect.

The NFL Has No Business Punishing Players for Off-Field Conduct. Leave That to the Teams.

Meet the Allies the U.S. Won’t Admit It Needs in Its Fight Against ISIS

I Stand With Emma Watson on Women’s Rights

Even though I know I’m going to get flak for it.

Should You Recline Your Seat? Two Economists Weigh In.

Medical Examiner

How to Stop Ebola

Survivors might be immune. Let’s recruit them to care for the infected.


America in Africa

The tragic, misunderstood history of Liberia—and why the United States has a special obligation to help it fight the Ebola epidemic.

New GOP Claim: Hillary Clinton’s Wealth and Celebrity Are Tricks to Disguise Her Socialism

Why the Byzantine Hiring Process at Universities Drives Academics Batty

Sept. 23 2014 3:29 PM The Fascinating Origins of Savannah, Georgia’s Distinctive Typeface
  News & Politics
Sept. 23 2014 11:45 PM America in Africa The tragic, misunderstood history of Liberia—and why the United States has a special obligation to help it fight the Ebola epidemic.
Sept. 23 2014 2:08 PM Home Depot’s Former Lead Security Engineer Had a Legacy of Sabotage
Sept. 23 2014 11:45 PM Why Your Cousin With a Ph.D. Is a Basket Case  Understanding the Byzantine hiring process that drives academics up the wall.
  Double X
The XX Factor
Sept. 23 2014 2:32 PM Politico Asks: Why Is Gabby Giffords So “Ruthless” on Gun Control?
  Slate Plus
Political Gabfest
Sept. 23 2014 3:04 PM Chicago Gabfest How to get your tickets before anyone else.
Brow Beat
Sept. 23 2014 8:38 PM “No One in This World” Is One of Kutiman’s Best, Most Impressive Songs
Future Tense
Sept. 23 2014 5:36 PM This Climate Change Poem Moved World Leaders to Tears Today
  Health & Science
Medical Examiner
Sept. 23 2014 11:37 PM How to Stop Ebola Could survivors safely care for the infected?
Sports Nut
Sept. 23 2014 7:27 PM You’re Fired, Roger Goodell If the commissioner gets the ax, the NFL would still need a better justice system. What would that look like?