How To Tell Who Hasn't Read The New 'Atlantic' Cover Story : Code Switch : NPR: The Atlantic does this a lot: use the magazine's covers to launch large, provocative conversations that you later hear endlessly dissected on cable news, in the blogosphere, and on Twitter. It is a think piece factory. You might recall Hanna Rosin's declaration that we'd reached "The End of Men," or Anne Marie Slaughter arguing exactly why women couldn't have it all . Nicholas Carr touched off a generation of hand-wringing on the question of whether Google, that indispensable tool of 21st century life, was in fact making us stupid. (When you Google that story, the second link that shows up is the Wikipedia entry about said article. Do with that what you will.)
In this month's issue, it's done it again. Ta-Nehisi Coates' cover story sketches out the trajectory of historical disadvantages accrued by black folks over the last several generations and argues that it's time for Americans to have a reckoning with this legacy.