TNR Best of 2013

The Boys of Lancaster
There's a genius to the way the Amish play baseball
March 22, 2013

Nine innings with the boys of Lancaster

Thank You to the Author's Many, Many Important Friends
How the acknowledgments page became the place to drop names
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"
A mine massacre and the fight for South Africa's future
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
What the Internet did to Aaron Swartz
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?
David Sedaris and a literary version of reality TV
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
The awkward art of the smitten word
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
The shocking news that Goldman Sachs is greedy
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
I’ve owned six guns. I’ve drawn them on bad guys. I want to be understood.
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.