TNR Best of 2013
The Boys of Lancaster
March 22, 2013
Nine innings with the boys of Lancaster
Thank You to the Author's Many, Many Important Friends
March 07, 2013
Forget the state-of-feminism debate. Lean In reveals the dire state of the Acknowledgements section.
"You Have All the Reasons to Be Angry"
March 04, 2013
The liberation of South Africa was one of the great triumphs of the twentieth century. What happened next is one of the great disappointments of the twenty-first.
So Open It Hurts
February 25, 2013
Aaron Swartz is only the latest web prodigy to commit suicide. Why does Internet culture keep devouring its own?
The New Essayists, or the Decline of a Form?
February 18, 2013
“The essay, as a literary form, is pretty well extinct,” Philip Larkin wrote gloomily in 1984. Extinct was the right word, capturing the sense of an organism that could no longer survive in a changed environment.
Up Late With Clive James
February 16, 2013
One of the world’s great conversationalists on the duty of criticism, the dreck of “Downton Abbey,” and his friendship with Lady Di.
How to Write About Sex
February 08, 2013
The only thing more common than bad sex? Bad writing about sex. A novelist describes the dangers of the smitten word.
The Trouble with Wall Street
February 04, 2013
Twenty five years ago I quit a job on Wall Street to write a book about Wall Street.
What Gun Owners Really Want
January 30, 2013
My father's Iver Johnson .410 shotgun, which he promised would be mine soon, leaned on its stock in a closet off the kitchen filled with other guns and camping gear.