The Sports Gene

Are our best athletes born great, or do they achieve greatness? David Epstein dissects the physical and mental makeup of Michael Jordan, Serena Williams, Usain Bolt and others, to at last distinguish athletic nature from nurture.

April 19: "What you see first, after the starting gun's crack, is a column of bobbing runners, thousands of them, surging downhill..."

Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch is the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. James Parker calls this Dickensian coming-of-age novel "an enveloping…