After the Police Brutality Video Goes Viral

Three years after a pool-party video made McKinney, Texas, infamous, I returned to find suburbanites who feel threatened, a mayor and activists at odds, and socioeconomic divisions that persist.

Youtube / photka / FocusStocker / Shutterstock / Katie Martin / The Atlantic

Microfilm Lasts Half a Millennium

Millions of publications—not to mention spy documents—can be read on microfilm machines. But people still see these devices as outmoded and unappealing. An Object Lesson.

George Frey / AP
Mark Twain

Mark Twain once said that writing for The Atlantic offered him “perfect serenity.”

For 160 years, we’ve given iconic thinkers like Twain a voice. Help us continue that tradition by becoming a subscriber today.