If you have any doubt that this is a golden era in men’s tennis, watch this video. Next, watch what Rafa does at 2:35 in this other video. It’s worth it for two reasons. First, the display of absurd athleticism; second, Kim Clijsters’ mini-swoon afterward.
Meanwhile, here, left, is the Piper’s cover for Ladies and Gentlemen (very cool) along with a terrific UK review of the collection in The List (it’s published by Cape there next month).
Some other stuff: my piece for the great Year in Reading Series for The Millions as well as one in Tin House about Parnassus, Nashville’s new independent bookstore. Finally, a very flattering article about Ladies & Gentlemen from Chapter16, which, I’m flattered to add, was a year-end, best-of pick by Three Guys One Book.