The Georgia Democratic leader's portrait on the news magazine's front and a profile by political writer Molly Ball are the most prominent pieces of a flurry of national attention given Abrams' gubernatorial campaign recently.
The Nation, The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Los Angeles Times have also weighed in on Abrams' race against Trump-endorsed Republican Brian Kemp, whose hard-right positions glaringly contrast with Abrams' progressive ideas.
Ball gives an engaging portrait of Abrams' background, personality and policies. Overlooking Abrams' weaknesses such as her federal income tax problems, the piece is marred by two serious errors.
Displaying ignorance about guns and Southern culture, Ball says that Kemp's ads showed him wielding a a rifle at a would-be suitor of one of his daughters, when the weapon was a shotgun, a significant difference.
The article also says that state public education funding has been reduced, although current Republican Gov. Nathan Deal has increased spending on schools, restoring severe cuts made by former GOP Gov. Sonny Perdue.
Ignored are the central education issues in the governor's race of increased support for charter schools and higher tax breaks for private and parochial school tuition.
The Abrams profile is the main feature of a special issue on the South, which largely avoids the usual cliches about the region dished up by the national media.
Mississippi writer Jessmyn Ward offers a moving essay about her decision to move back to her native state despite the racial oppression she and her family have suffered for generations. Her love for Mississippi transcends the tragic racism she details.
Another native Southerner who has returned home, former Time editor and biographer Walter Isaacson, gives a more policy-oriented call for upgrading New Orleans ' Mississippi River ports, a major economic generator.
Isaacson, like Ward a professor at Tulane University, demonstrates that the port and its high-paying jobs are more vital for the city than its tourism, emphasized for years to the detriment of industry. The New Orleans native, who recalls working as a longshoreman on the Mississippi River in his younger days, ties the port improvements to the nation's need to upgrade its deteriorating infrastructure.
New Orleans transplant Nathaniel Rich looks at anther Crescent City treasure: Bayou St. John, revived in recent years into one of the nation's top scenic waterways. Running from Lake Ponchartrain to the Mississippi River, the bayou played a significant role in the city's founding.
Rich reveals that the bayou's connection to Lake Ponchatrain has been restored, an example of the city's welcome turn to forward thinking in recent years.
Besides a look at Georgia's film industry, the issue outside of the Abrams profile all but ignores Atlanta. I would have welcomed an examination of where the city stands at this point in its history, and in-depth looks at how the South's smaller cities have grown more sophisticated.
With an appearance by the esteemed Mr. Isaacson, a contribution by fellow former magazine editor turned lauded biographer Jon Meacham had to follow. Meacham gives a meandering essay on changes in the region, with an amusing quote from Walker Percy about how he had lived through a succession of "New Souths."
Rather than Alabama Crimson Tide homer Paul Finebaum's all too predictable piece on the South's love for American college football, i would have liked a look at the popularity of Atlanta United, the city's professional soccer team.
Outside of the package on the South, I found Time entertaining and informative. I haven't read the magazine in years, but I was impressed by pieces on the Mideast and the magazine's cultural coverage, a bit too New York-centric.
After Time-Warner's purchase by the Iowa-based Meredith Corp., Time was reported to be for sale along with Sports Illustrated and People.
Those venerable titles' fate is unclear. Time remains a vital source of news whose loss would be a serious blow to the country's democracy.