Jealousy List 2013

By Bloomberg Businessweek | In this season of relentless kindness, envy is often sadly neglected. Which is why we bring you the First Annual Jealousy List, a compilation of the great pieces of journalism in 2013 that left the staff of Bloomberg Businessweek sick with resentment. Besides functioning as a very long “Bah, humbug,” it’s also a useful guide to the best work of the year by our peers at other news organizations. May they all receive a lump of coal—along with the satisfaction that comes with a job well done. - Josh Tyrangiel

The 2013 Jealousy List: The 41 Best Stories (and One Book) We Didn't Write

In this season of relentless kindness, envy is often sadly neglected. Which is why we bring you the First Annual Jealousy List, a compilation of the …

Of murder and mushrooms

Listening to Stamets speak about fungi I think this must be what it was like to listen to Thomas Edison talk about incandescence, the research so …

Arendt & Eichmann: The New Truth

Hannah Arendt<p>a film by Margarethe von Trotta<p>Hannah Arendt: Ihr Denken veränderte die Welt [Hannah Arendt: Her Thought Changed the World]<p>edited by …

The Defense of a Jewish Collaborator

The Last of the Unjust<p>a film directed by Claude Lanzmann<p>Shown at the New York Film Festival in September; general release in February 2014<p>Terezin: Il …

Harper High School, Part One

At the first day assembly, the freshman seem confused and nervous while the seniors are boisterous and confident. It's exactly the kind of first day …

Harper High School, Part Two

Principal Leonetta Sanders is worried that in the wake of a recent shooting, some of her students at Harper might be in danger of retaliatory …

Nick Saban: Sympathy for the Devil

Few men in sports make a better villain than the unsmiling, unsparing, unstoppable coach of the back-to-back national champion Alabama Crimson Tide. Warren St. John spent three weeks on Nick Saban’s trail—and a couple of days in his face—on a mission to find the soul of the scariest man in college …

Nick Saban

Rob Ford in 'crack cocaine' video scandal

A cellphone video that appears to show Mayor Rob Ford smoking crack cocaine is being shopped around Toronto by a group of Somali men involved in the …

Who's blocking this astonishingly effective tool to fight meth labs?

State troopers clean up a meth lab found on school board property about a block from a London, Kentucky elementary school.<p>The first time she saw her …

Top Reviewers On Amazon Get Tons Of Free Stuff

You're on Amazon.com. You're buying, say, a toaster, and you're checking out the customer reviews. You assume the people writing these reviews are people like you — people who wanted a toaster, went online and bought one. As it turns out, a lot of reviews on Amazon are written by people who are …

Freebies

How Janet Yellen should embrace the Fed’s dissenters

The Fed Whisperer, John Hilsenrath, had a great insidery article yesterday about forward guidance, and about the Fed's ability -- or lack thereof -- to effectively signal its future actions.

Sick Kids Are Just the Beginning of America’s Lead Crisis

When Rudy Giuliani ran for mayor of New York City in 1993, he campaigned on a platform of bringing down crime and making the city safe again. It was …

How Doug Band drove a wedge through the Clinton dynasty

One Thursday evening last September, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Tony Blair met in New York to conduct what was supposed to be a high-minded …

He Who Makes the Rules

Elizabeth Warren is Hillary Clinton's Nightmare

We’re three years from the next presidential election, and Hillary Clinton is, once again, the inevitable Democratic nominee. Congressional …

Bernie Sanders

Planet Money Makes A T-Shirt

Planet MoneyMakes A T-Shirt<p>The world behind a simple shirt, in five chapters.<p>Begin<p>Planet MoneyMakes A T-Shirt<p>The world behind a simple shirt, in five chapters.<p>Chapters<p>Cotton<p>Machines<p>People<p>Boxes<p>You<p>How We Did This<p>Cotton<p>One farmer. A shocking number of T-shirts.<p>Play<p>Three Reasons U.S. Cotton Is King<p>You …

U.S. Department of Agriculture

The New Yorker October 14, 2013 Issue

Fiction<p>The Critics<p>The strange life of Henry Wallace, the New Deal visionary.<p>The rise and fall of arsenic as a tool for angry wives, greedy heirs, and other determined murderers.<p>“Captain Phillips” and “Parkland.”<p>The Talk of the Town<p>Goings On About Town<p>Mike Kelley’s brilliant insolence comes to <i>MOMA</i> …

Literature

Jimmy Wales Is Not an Internet Billionaire - The New York Times

Wales wore a too-tight black turtleneck under a black overcoat with a well-shorn beard, a look that could either read Steve Jobs superhero or Tekserve flasher. Almost any time you see Wales, 46, he looks like a well-groomed version of a person who has been slumped over a computer drinking Yoo-hoo …

The New Yorker March 25, 2013 Issue

The Critics<p>The rise of the failure memoir.<p>by Lucinda Rosenfeld (Little, Brown)<p>by Alexander Stille (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)<p>by Manil Suri (Norton)<p>by Katherine Bouton (Sarah Crichton Books)<p>George Benjamin’s long-awaited masterpiece.<p>The meditative beauty of Jane Campion’s “Top of the Lake.”<p>“Spring …

Books

The Man Who Killed Osama bin Laden... Is Screwed

For the first time, the Navy SEAL who killed Osama bin Laden tells his story — speaking not just about the raid and the three shots that changed history, but about the personal aftermath for himself and his family. And the startling failure of the United States government to help its most …

The New Yorker September 9, 2013 Issue

The Critics<p>When athletes go head to head, what qualifies as a sporting chance?<p>Woodrow Wilson and the power of the Presidency.<p>The new neuro-skeptics.<p>“The Grandmaster,” “Drinking Buddies,” “Our Nixon.”<p>The Talk of the Town<p>Goings On About Town<p>Poems<p>Cartoons<p>The Mail<p>Letters should be sent with the …

Woodrow Wilson

The New Yorker August 13, 2012 Issue

The Critics<p>Mormonism and its meanings.<p>Karl Ove Knausgaard’s “My Struggle.”<p>by Robert Skidelsky and Edward Skidelsky (Other Press)<p>by Ben Macintyre (Crown)<p>by Gillian Flynn (Crown)<p>by Jonathan Galassi (Knopf)<p>The sleazy wisdom of “Big Brother.”<p>“The Bourne Legacy” and “Red Hook Summer.”<p>The Talk of the Town<p>…

Books

When A 10-Year-Old Kills His Nazi Father, Who’s To Blame?

Joseph Hall, an abused and neglected 10-year-old, was convicted last month of murdering his father, a neo-Nazi leader. His sentencing is scheduled for this week — but who do you punish when a child becomes a cold-blooded killer?<p>Two flags dangle from a banister into the middle of a living room in a …

We Must Build An Enormous McWorld In Times Square, A Xanadu Representing A McDonald’s From Every…

We Must Build An Enormous McWorld In Times Square, A Xanadu Representing A McDonald’s From Every Nation<p><i>by Jeb Boniakowski</i><p><i>Artist’s Rendering.</i><p>The first …

Michael Lewis: Did Goldman Sachs Overstep in Criminally Charging Its Ex-Programmer?

A month after ace programmer Sergey Aleynikov left Goldman Sachs, he was arrested. Exactly what he’d done neither the F.B.I., which interrogated him, nor the jury, which convicted him a year later, seemed to understand. But Goldman had accused him of stealing computer code, and the 41-year-old …

Goldman Sachs

Russell Brand on Margaret Thatcher: 'I always felt sorry for her children'

The actor and comedian recalls a bizarre recent encounter with the Iron Lady, and how it prompted him to think about growing up under the most unlikely matriarch-figure imaginable<p>One Sunday recently while staying in London, I took a stroll in the gardens of Temple, the insular clod of quads and …

Russell Brand