The Atlantic's literary editor picks the five best of the crop.
Salman Rushdie’s artistic decline
The Comedy Central star brings the Colosseum to your couch.
"My heart started beating rapidly after the third time I read the letter. I could have sat there and guessed for a hundred years and never come up with what my brother had to say."
Why I’m abetting a rogue translation of my novel
A lost flavor of the northern woods, rediscovered
Why we can’t break free from our TV overlords
How America’s most vibrant music became a relic
The irony of getting away with something was that you were your own executioner. In a pang of remorse, you could open your mouth and change your life.
What the Fifty Shades of Grey phenomenon says about the modern sexual condition
The coach as general. The players as gladiators. Ed Sabol and his son, Steve, have spent the past half century at NFL Films, inventing the tropes of modern football. Color, slow motion, ubiquitous cameras and microphones, the omniscient narrator invoking the language of war—the Sabols pioneered all of this and, in so doing, helped make football the national game.
Why one network applies so much makeup
With his latest reality show, Chef Gordon Ramsay extends his patented froth from the kitchen to the hotel business at large.
Love happens, like age or weather. It’s not hard to do, only to endure, sometimes.
Writing about writers; an atrocity ignored; the most influential book in English
Pauline Kael showed us how to talk about popular art and fall in love with movies.