A Mugging on Lake Street by John Conroy

"A veteran investigative reporter looks into his own beating and finds himself confronting harsh and lingering questions of race."

Broken Box of Dreams by Mark Groubert

"A young photographer's belongings are abandoned on a Hollywood street, leaving our writer to piece together the fragments of his life."

A Rake's Progress: Marion Barry bares (almost) all by Matt Labash

The Dark Side of Dubai by Johann Hari

"Dubai was meant to be a Middle-Eastern Shangri-La, a glittering monument to Arab enterprise and western capitalism. But as hard times arrive in the city state that rose from the desert sands, an uglier story is emerging."

The Cocktail Renaissance by Robert Messenger

The 2009 piece I most enjoyed reading.

The Rubber Room by Steven Brill

The battle over New York City's worst teachers.

Why Craigslist is Such a Mess by Gary Wolf

The worst site that we all use by choice.