The Atlantic’s November Cover is a Rarity

The Atlantic typically does not feature writers that have articles within the magazine on its cover. It’s such a rare occurrence that we decided to ask about it. Turns out, it has happened only a handful of times in the magazine’s 154 year history. Natalie Raabe, a Spokesperson for The Atlantic, said a few that came to mind were Joan Baez, Mark TwainLillian HellmanConor Cruise O’Brien and Philip Roth.

Kate Bolick, shown on the cover of the November issue, is the latest. In her piece titled “All The Single Ladies,” Bolick explains that the marriage dynamic has changed dramatically because as women climb higher, men are falling behind. The article is already receiving rave reviews, and Bolick is even discussing it with The Hairpin.

Scott Stossel, Deputy Editor of the Atlantic, told FishbowlNY that because the piece was so powerful, it required a cover that could match its intensity.

“Kate is diagnosing a big sociological, economic and demographic phenomenon — which is hard to illustrate,” said Stossel. “But she herself is very much a protagonist in the story; the narrative of her romantic life is the thread that ties the piece together. So, working with Luke Hayman and his team at Pentagram, we decided putting Kate herself on the cover would be forceful and arresting way of presenting the story.”

The November issue hits newsstands Tuesday October 18.