My criteria: not dead. You got other ideas? You want to argue for Susan Orleans or Adam Gopnik? Well, come out brawling!
  1. Janet Malcolm
    "Iphigenia in Forest Hills". That's it, that's all you need to know. (Though there's lots more good stuff besides that one.) -
  2. Kalefa Sanneh
    Pop music and so much more. Profile of megachurch pastor Rob Bell - On Langston Hughes and Carl Van Vecthen -
  3. William Finnegan
    The definitive piece of writing about surfing - (part one) (part two)
  4. Emily Nussbaum
    If television is the ascendant art form of these times, Emily Nussbaum is our Clement Greenberg. On Joan Rivers -
  5. John McPhee
    If you don't know, you don't know. On Bill Bradley -