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  1. The Agenda
    The Heartland of Darkness
    The Atlantic Monthly, February 2002, pp. 25-27
  2. The Agenda
    The Mother of Reinvention
    The Atlantic Monthly, May 2002, pp. 28-29
  3. The Agenda
    Confidence Itself
    The Atlantic Monthly, September 2002, p. 35
  4. Features
    The Autumn of the Multitaskers
    The case for letting go
    The Atlantic Monthly, November 2007, pp. 66-81
  5. The Arts
    [+]
    Books (Review)
    Border Music, by Robert James Waller
    1. Border Music by Robert James Waller
    New York Magazine, January 23, 1995, pp. 56-57
  6. Books
    New York Magazine, March 4, 1996, pp. 54-55
  7. [+]
    Books: A Writer's Hardboiling (Review)
    My Dark Places, by James Ellroy
    1. My Dark Places by James Ellroy
    New York Magazine, November 4, 1996, pp. 85-86
  8. The Arts
    [+]
    Books: Alcoholics Identified (2 Reviews)
    Drinking: A Love Story, by Caroline Knapp
    1. Drinking: A Love Story by Caroline Knapp
    2. Terry by George McGovern
    New York Magazine, June 10, 1996, pp. 49-50
  9. [+]
    Books: All the President's Man (Review)
    All Too Human, by George Stephanopoulos
    1. All Too Human by George Stephanopoulos
    New York Magazine, March 29, 1999, pp. 71-72
  10. The Arts
    [+]
    Books: As L.A. Dying (4 Reviews)
    Ecology of Fear, by Mike Davis
    1. Ecology of Fear by Mike Davis
    2. The Mermaids Singing by Lisa Carey
    3. This Is My Daughter by Roxana Robinson
    4. Just Checking by Emily Colas
    New York Magazine, August 10, 1998, pp. 47-48
  11. [+]
    Books: Atlanta Shrugged (Review)
    A Man in Full, by Tom Wolfe
    1. A Man in Full by Tom Wolfe
    New York Magazine, November 9, 1998, pp. 60-61
  12. [+]
    Books: Bad Aptitude (Review)
    The Big Test, by Nicholas Lemann
    1. The Big Test by Nicholas Lemann
    New York Magazine, October 11, 1999, pp. 104-105
  13. [+]
    Books: Beat the Elite (Review)
    The Revolt of the Elites, and the Betrayal of Democracy, by Christopher Lasch
    1. The Revolt of the Elites, and the Betrayal of Democracy by Christopher Lasch
    New York Magazine, January 9, 1995, pp. 50-51
  14. [+]
    Books: Best Western (4 Reviews)
    Cities of the Plain, by Cormac McCarthy
    1. Cities of the Plain by Cormac McCarthy
    2. Bridget Jones's Diary by Helen Fielding
    3. Cold New World by William Finnegan
    4. The Meaning of It All by Richard P. Feynman
    New York Magazine, June 1, 1998, pp. 95-96
  15. The Arts
    [+]
    Books: Beverly Hells (Review)
    I'm Losing You, by Bruce Wagner
    1. I'm Losing You by Bruce Wagner
    New York Magazine, July 22, 1996, pp. 52-53
  16. [+]
    Books: Blackjacked (Review)
    Double Down, by Frederick Barthelme and Steven Barthelme
    1. Double Down by Frederick Barthelme and Steven Barthelme
    New York Magazine, November 29, 1999, pp. 132-135
  17. [+]
    Books: Boy Crazy (Review)
    H, by Elizabeth Shepard
    1. H by Elizabeth Shepard
    New York Magazine, April 3, 1995, pp. 60-67
  18. [+]
    Books: Boyish Smarm (Review)
    About a Boy, by Nick Hornby
    1. About a Boy by Nick Hornby
    New York Magazine, May 4, 1998, pp. 128-129
  19. The Arts
    [+]
    Books: Brave New Melodrama (Review)
    Flesh and Blood, by Michael Cunningham
    1. Flesh and Blood by Michael Cunningham
    New York Magazine, April 10, 1995, pp. 72-73
  20. [+]
    Books: Buyer's Remorse (Review)
    Girlfriend in a Coma, by Douglas Coupland
    1. Girlfriend in a Coma by Douglas Coupland
    New York Magazine, April 6, 1998, pp. 240-243
  21. [+]
    Books: Call Me Mrs. (Review)
    Ahab's Wife, or The Star-Gazer, by Sena Jeter Naslund
    1. Ahab's Wife, or The Star-Gazer by Sena Jeter Naslund
    New York Magazine, November 8, 1999, pp. 65-66
  22. [+]
    Books: Chemistry Set (Review)
    Ecstasy, by Irvine Welsh
    1. Ecstasy by Irvine Welsh
    New York Magazine, August 19, 1996, pp. 48-49
  23. [+]
    Books: Choose Your Future (2 Reviews)
    The Gutenberg Elegies, by Sven Birkerts
    1. The Gutenberg Elegies by Sven Birkerts
    2. Being Digital by Nicholas Negroponte
    New York Magazine, February 27, 1995, pp. 112-114
  24. [+]
    Books: Commercial Fiction (Review)
    Gain, by Richard Powers
    1. Gain by Richard Powers
    New York Magazine, June 15, 1998, p. 51
  25. [+]
    Books: Did the West Go South? (Review)
    Blue Sky Dream, by David Beers
    1. Blue Sky Dream by David Beers
    New York Magazine, September 23, 1996, pp. 97-98
  26. [+]
    Books: Diet Fiction (2 Reviews)
    Intimacy, by Hanif Kureishi
    1. Intimacy by Hanif Kureishi
    2. Lila Says by Chimo
    New York Magazine, March 15, 1999, pp. 59-60
  27. [+]
    Books: Escape From Ireland (4 Reviews)
    More Bread or I'll Appear, by Emer Martin
    1. More Bread or I'll Appear by Emer Martin
    2. Burning Girl by Ben Neihart
    3. South of the Border, West of the Sun by Haruki Murakami
    4. Nine Below Zero by Kevin Canty
    New York Magazine, March 1, 1999, pp. 94-95
  28. [+]
    Books: Frost Flake (Review)
    Robert Frost: A Biography, by Jeffrey Meyers
    1. Robert Frost: A Biography by Jeffrey Meyers
    New York Magazine, April 29, 1996, pp. 54-55
  29. The Arts
    [+]
    Books: Girls of the War Zones (Review)
    The Atlas, by William T. Vollmann
    1. The Atlas by William T. Vollmann
    New York Magazine, April 8, 1996, pp. 58-67
  30. [+]
    Books: Goodfella (Review)
    'Tis: A Memoir, by Frank McCourt
    1. 'Tis: A Memoir by Frank McCourt
    New York Magazine, September 27, 1999, pp. 82-83
  31. [+]
    Books: Gore Text (4 Reviews)
    The Essential Gore Vidal, by Fred Kaplan and Gore Vidal
    1. The Essential Gore Vidal by Fred Kaplan and Gore Vidal
    2. The Orchid Thief by Susan Orlean
    3. The Pyrotechnic Insanitarium by Mark Dery
    4. Amsterdam by Ian McEwan
    New York Magazine, January 11, 1999, pp. 55-56
  32. [+]
    Books: Grinch Xmas Guide (5 Reviews)
    Hundred Dollar Holiday, by Bill McKibben
    1. Hundred Dollar Holiday by Bill McKibben
    2. Maybe One by Bill McKibben
    3. The Restraint of Beasts by Magnus Mills
    4. The Rum Diary by Hunter S. Thompson
    5. The Last King of Scotland by Giles Foden
    New York Magazine, November 30, 1998, pp. 122-123
  33. The Critics
    [+]
    Books: Heaven Can Wait (4 Reviews)
    City of God, by E.L. Doctorow
    1. City of God by E.L. Doctorow
    2. How We Got Here: The Seventies by David Frum
    3. Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason by Helen Fielding
    4. Lincoln: A Foreigner's Quest by Jan Morris
    New York Magazine, February 14, 2000, pp. 130-131
  34. [+]
    Books: High, Hard One (Review)
    Father and Son, by Larry Brown
    1. Father and Son by Larry Brown
    New York Magazine, October 21, 1996, pp. 54-57
  35. [+]
    Books: Hitler in Bed (Review)
    Hitler's Niece, by Ron Hansen
    1. Hitler's Niece by Ron Hansen
    New York Magazine, September 6, 1999, pp. 55-56
  36. [+]
    Books: Immaculate Confection (4 Reviews)
    East of the Mountains, by David Guterson
    1. East of the Mountains by David Guterson
    2. The Sopranos by Alan Warner
    3. Survivor by Chuck Palahniuk
    4. Roger Fishbite by Emily Prager
    New York Magazine, April 12, 1999, pp. 82-83
  37. The Critics
    [+]
    Books: In Trump We Trust (Review)
    The America We Deserve, by Donald Trump and Dave Shiflett
    1. The America We Deserve by Donald Trump and Dave Shiflett
    New York Magazine, January 17, 2000, pp. 49-50
  38. [+]
    Books: Jungian vs. Technocrat (Review)
    The Living and the Dead, by Paul Hendrickson
    1. The Living and the Dead by Paul Hendrickson
    New York Magazine, September 2, 1996, p. 46
  39. [+]
    Books: Last Year's Model (Review)
    Model Behavior, by Jay McInerney
    1. Model Behavior by Jay McInerney
    New York Magazine, September 28, 1998, pp. 76-77
  40. [+]
    Books: Leap of Faith (Review)
    Juneteenth, by Ralph Ellison and John F. Callahan
    1. Juneteenth by Ralph Ellison and John F. Callahan
    New York Magazine, June 28, 1999, pp. 130-133
  41. [+]
    Books: Let's Stay Together (Review)
    The Divorce Culture, by Barbara Dafoe Whitehead
    1. The Divorce Culture by Barbara Dafoe Whitehead
    New York Magazine, February 10, 1997, pp. 52-55
  42. [+]
    Books: Lewinsky in Oz (4 Reviews)
    Monica's Story, by Andrew Morton
    1. Monica's Story by Andrew Morton
    2. The Handyman by Carolyn See
    3. The Pollen Room by Zoe Jenny
    4. The Fires by Rene Steinke
    New York Magazine, March 22, 1999, pp. 102-103
  43. [+]
    Books: Long Hot Novel (Review)
    Infinite Jest, by David Foster Wallace
    1. Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace
    New York Magazine, February 12, 1996, pp. 54-55
  44. The Arts
    [+]
    Books: Losing Our Virtue (Review)
    The De-Moralization of Society, by Gertrude Himmelfarb
    1. The De-Moralization of Society by Gertrude Himmelfarb
    New York Magazine, January 30, 1995, pp. 70-71
  45. [+]
    Books: Lost Generation X (Review)
    Paris Trance, by Geoff Dyer
    1. Paris Trance by Geoff Dyer
    New York Magazine, August 9, 1999, pp. 50-51
  46. [+]
    Books: Manhandled (Review)
    Stiffed, by Susan Faludi
    1. Stiffed by Susan Faludi
    New York Magazine, October 4, 1999, pp. 53-54
  47. [+]
    Books: Melting-Potboiler (Review)
    In America, by Susan Sontag
    1. In America by Susan Sontag
    New York Magazine, March 13, 2000, pp. 88-89
  48. [+]
    Books: Mickey As Literature (Review)
    Imagineering, by Alex Wright
    1. Imagineering by Alex Wright
    New York Magazine, November 18, 1996, pp. 110-111
  49. [+]
    Books: Middle American (Review)
    A Reporter's Life, by Walter Cronkite
    1. A Reporter's Life by Walter Cronkite
    New York Magazine, December 16, 1996, pp. 62-63
  50. [+]
    Books: More Than Zero (4 Reviews)
    Glamorama, by Bret Easton Ellis
    1. Glamorama by Bret Easton Ellis
    2. Sonny Liston Was a Friend of Mine by Thom Jones
    3. Lila Says by Chimo
    4. Note Found in a Bottle by Susan Cheever
    New York Magazine, January 25, 1999, pp. 49-50
  51. [+]
    Books: Reservation X (Review)
    On the Rez, by Ian Frazier
    1. On the Rez by Ian Frazier
    New York Magazine, January 3, 2000, pp. 86-87
  52. [+]
    Books: Second Coming (4 Reviews)
    Desperate Characters, by Paula Fox
    1. Desperate Characters by Paula Fox
    2. Tough, Tough Toys for Tough, Tough Boys by Will Self
    3. White Oleander by Janet Fitch
    4. Vera by Stacy Schiff
    New York Magazine, May 10, 1999, pp. 65-66
  53. [+]
    Books: She's Gotta Have It (3 Reviews)
    Spending, by Mary Gordon
    1. Spending by Mary Gordon
    2. Teeth by Hugh O'Neil Gallagher
    3. Preston Falls by David Gates
    New York Magazine, March 9, 1998, pp. 50-51
  54. [+]
    Books: Smarmy and Jerry (4 Reviews)
    At Home in the World, by Joyce Maynard
    1. At Home in the World by Joyce Maynard
    2. What Do Women Want? by Erica Jong
    3. For Kings and Planets by Ethan Canin
    4. The Tennis Partner by Abraham Verghese
    New York Magazine, September 21, 1998, pp. 66-67
  55. [+]
    Books: Son of Huck (Review)
    The Rule of the Bone, by Russell Banks
    1. The Rule of the Bone by Russell Banks
    New York Magazine, May 8, 1995, pp. 70-71
  56. [+]
    Books: Speed Read (Review)
    Faster, by James Gleick
    1. Faster by James Gleick
    New York Magazine, August 23, 1999, pp. 53-54
  57. [+]
    Books: Stoning the Drug War (Review)
    Drug Crazy, by Mike Gray
    1. Drug Crazy by Mike Gray
    New York Magazine, July 13, 1998, pp. 43-44
  58. [+]
    Books: Tales of Two Hipsters (2 Reviews)
    Cruising Paradise, by Sam Shepard
    1. Cruising Paradise by Sam Shepard
    2. The Last of the Savages by Jay McInerney
    New York Magazine, May 13, 1996, p. 64
  59. [+]
    Books: The Beat Went On (Review)
    Jack Kerouac: Selected Letters, 1940-1956, by Ann Charters and Jack Kerouac
    1. Jack Kerouac: Selected Letters, 1940-1956 by Ann Charters and Jack Kerouac
    New York Magazine, April 24, 1995, pp. 72-73
  60. [+]
    Books: The Bodily-Fluid Bard (Review)
    Grey Area, by Will Self
    1. Grey Area by Will Self
    New York Magazine, March 18, 1996, pp. 56-57
  61. [+]
    Books: The Bomb Maker (Review)
    Hot Seat, by Frank Rich
    1. Hot Seat by Frank Rich
    New York Magazine, November 2, 1998, pp. 120-122
  62. [+]
    Books: The Bothers A (Review)
    The Hundred Brothers, by Donald Antrim
    1. The Hundred Brothers by Donald Antrim
    New York Magazine, January 27, 1997, pp. 49-50
  63. [+]
    Books: The Feel-Good State (Review)
    The Politics of Meaning, by Michael Lerner
    1. The Politics of Meaning by Michael Lerner
    New York Magazine, May 27, 1996, pp. 80-81
  64. [+]
    Books: The Normal Heart (4 Reviews)
    The Time of Our Time, by Norman Mailer
    1. The Time of Our Time by Norman Mailer
    2. The Knife Thrower, and Other Stories by Steven Millhauser
    3. The Everlasting Story of Nory by Nicholson Baker
    4. The Archivist by Martha Cooley
    New York Magazine, May 18, 1998, pp. 53-62
  65. [+]
    Books: The Other Simpsons (Review)
    A Regular Guy, by Mona Simpson
    1. A Regular Guy by Mona Simpson
    New York Magazine, October 7, 1996, pp. 48-49
  66. [+]
    Books: The Servant Did It (Review)
    Alias Grace, by Margaret Atwood
    1. Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood
    New York Magazine, December 2, 1996, pp. 116-119
  67. [+]
    Books: The Smashing Eggheads (4 Reviews)
    Ex-Friends, by Norman Podhoretz
    1. Ex-Friends by Norman Podhoretz
    2. The Crime of Sheila McGough by Janet Malcolm
    3. The Tesseract by Alex Garland
    4. Werewolves in Their Youth by Michael Chabon
    New York Magazine, February 15, 1999, pp. 58-59
  68. [+]
    Books: The Sweetest Science (Review)
    The Great Disruption, by Francis Fukuyama
    1. The Great Disruption by Francis Fukuyama
    New York Magazine, June 7, 1999, pp. 88-89
  69. [+]
    Books: the Unredeemed (Review)
    The Wonders of the Invisible World, by David Gates
    1. The Wonders of the Invisible World by David Gates
    New York Magazine, July 12, 1999, p. 51
  70. [+]
    Books: The Wrong Stuff (2 Reviews)
    Dragonfly, by Bryan Burrough
    1. Dragonfly by Bryan Burrough
    2. A First Rate Tragedy by Diana Preston
    New York Magazine, December 21, 1998, pp. 150-153
  71. The Arts
    [+]
    Books: Tough Chaps Don't Dance (4 Reviews)
    Night Train, by Martin Amis
    1. Night Train by Martin Amis
    2. Animal Husbandry by Laura Zigman
    3. Charming Billy by Alice McDermott
    4. Bunny Modern by David Bowman
    New York Magazine, February 2, 1998, pp. 53-54
  72. [+]
    Books: Townmouse (2 Reviews)
    The Celebration Chronicles, by Andrew Ross
    1. The Celebration Chronicles by Andrew Ross
    2. Celebration, U.S.A. by Douglas Frantz and Catherine Collins
    New York Magazine, August 30, 1999, p. 168
  73. [+]
    Books: Toy Story (Review)
    The New New Thing, by Michael Lewis
    1. The New New Thing by Michael Lewis
    New York Magazine, October 25, 1999, pp. 82-83
  74. [+]
    Books: True West (4 Reviews)
    Close Range, by Annie Proulx
    1. Close Range by Annie Proulx
    2. City of Light by Lauren Belfer
    3. Circling the Drain by Amanda Davis
    4. Lord of the Barnyard by Tristan Egolf
    New York Magazine, May 24, 1999, pp. 69-70
  75. [+]
    Books: Truth Hurts (3 Reviews)
    Slow Motion, by Dani Shapiro
    1. Slow Motion by Dani Shapiro
    2. Breakup by Catherine Texier
    3. Prozac Diary by Lauren Slater
    New York Magazine, August 31, 1998, pp. 156-157
  76. [+]
    Books: Updike at Ease (4 Reviews)
    Bech at Bay, by John Updike
    1. Bech at Bay by John Updike
    2. In the Shadow of the Moons by Nansook Hong
    3. Filth by Irvine Welsh
    4. Pure Drivel by Steve Martin
    New York Magazine, October 19, 1998, pp. 73-74
  77. [+]
    Books: Viral Culture (4 Reviews)
    The Tipping Point, by Malcolm Gladwell
    1. The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell
    2. The Global Soul by Pico Iyer
    3. Bruce Chatwin: A Biography by Nicholas Shakespeare
    4. Radical Walking Tours of New York City by Bruce Kayton
    New York Magazine, February 28, 2000, pp. 56-57
  78. [+]
    Books: Well Red (Review)
    I Married a Communist, by Philip Roth
    1. I Married a Communist by Philip Roth
    New York Magazine, October 5, 1998, pp. 54-55
  79. [+]
    Books: Women in Groups (Review)
    Tales of Burning Love, by Louise Erdrich
    1. Tales of Burning Love by Louise Erdrich
    New York Magazine, July 8, 1996, pp. 48-49
  80. [+]
    Books: Worst and Darkest (Review)
    American Tabloid, by James Ellroy
    1. American Tabloid by James Ellroy
    New York Magazine, March 13, 1995, pp. 64-65
  81. Fiction: "Mormon Eden"
    The joy of conversion
    The New Yorker, June 9, 1997, pp. 88-93
  82. Fiction: "Thumbsucker"
    The New Yorker, January 9, 1995, pp. 68-72
  83. Lost in the Meritocracy
    The Atlantic Monthly, January 2005, pp. 142-154
  84. Lost in the Meritocracy (2009)
    The Undereducation of an Overachiever
  85. Mission to America (2005)
    1 Review
  86. My Hard Bargain (1990)
    Stories
    1 Review
  87. She Needed Me (1992)
    A Novel
  88. Thumbsucker (1999)
    A Novel
    1 Review
  89. Up in the Air (2001)
    2 Reviews
  90. The Boardroom
    Warren Buffett: American Everyman
    The Atlantic Monthly, November 2004, pp. 104-111
  91. The Web
    New York Magazine, July 8, 1996, pp. 53-54
  92. No Items Found