Walter Kirn
National Correspondent

Thanksgiving Is All About Family Guilt
November 22, 2012

It’s the holiday when you’re never where you’re supposed to be.

Buckeye Hate
November 04, 2012

Sick of hearing desperate presidential candidates talk about how great Ohio is? Read this story.

Eddie Vedder’s Clint Eastwood Moment
October 19, 2012

Backstage with Pearl Jam and Jon Tester.

Cohn & Kirn Debate the First Debate
October 05, 2012

Jon Cohn and Walter Kirn discuss Romney's talent for closing deals and what roles the candidates would play on Sesame Street.

Cohn & Kirn Debate the “Real Romney”
September 19, 2012

Have we finally seen the "real Romney"? Jonathan Cohn and Walter Kirn take to IM to debate

Slouching Towards Charlotte: The Alienating Spectacle That is the Democratic Convention
September 05, 2012

CHARLOTTE—For me, who had never been to a convention until I arrived in Charlotte Monday night, and who had never been a straight political journalist until I felt compelled to act like one because I was suddenly surrounded by them, the problem of watching a speech from the convention floor, is the problem of the convention generally: With so much manufactured spectacle right up in your face, and so much interpretative press machinery grinding away loudly on every side, you don’t know where to look, or how to look, or even if you’re actually there at all.

Clash of the Archetypes
August 24, 2012

Never mind all that nostalgia for 2008. Campaign 2012 is the most compelling election in years.

The Gathering
August 02, 2012

IT'S JUST BEFORE MIDNIGHT on a warm Friday near the Town Center mall in Aurora, Colorado, a sprawling suburban city east of Denver that seems upon first acquaintance to lack a center, and the instinct is to gather. Less than 24 hours ago, at the neighboring Century 16 Theater—its trash-strewn, popcorn-covered parking lot cordoned off with yellow crime scene tape—James Holmes, 24, allegedly lobbed tear-gas canisters into the aisles and opened fire with three different weapons at a showing of The Dark Knight Rises, killing twelve people and wounding 58 others.

Confessions of an Ex-Mormon
July 13, 2012

A personal history of America’s most misunderstood religion

June 23, 2012

LOTTERIES, BY DEFINITION, are for losers. You enter them with an evanescent sense of grandiosity and optimism, but beneath this delusion lurks the knowledge that you wouldn’t be buying a ticket at all if you believed you had a fighting chance of obtaining the prize by normal means. Then the winner is chosen—always some distant stranger who’s notably lacking in your best traits—and it becomes insultingly apparent that you can’t beat the system by any means, including the one that you just vainly tried. The game is not only rigged against you; it isn’t really a game.