Pulitzer Prize, Biography, 2016. Barbarian Days is William Finnegan's memoir of an obsession, a complex enchantment. Surfing only looks like a sport. To initiates it is something else entirely: a beautiful addiction, a demanding course of study, a morally dangerous pastime, a way of life.
"Wishing for a never-end of this book"
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Surfing big waves is both bliss and conflict for New Yorker correspondent William Finnegan. His Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir, Barbarian Days, describes a decades-long tension between a grounded, responsible life on land, and an open, fanatical life riding waves. Travel with us to the cliffs of Oahu, where Finnegan's passion for waves began, and where his sea-land dilemma continues.
"Distraction" by Hendrik Hertzberg; "Watching the Waterfront" by William Finnegan; "I'm Afraid I Have Some Bad News" by Larry Doyle; "Stereo Sue" by Oliver Sacks; and "Engine Trouble" by Anthony Lane.
In this issue: "Another Round" by Jeffrey Toobin; "Bad Guys" by Nicholas Schmidle; "A Failing State" by William Finnegan; "Two Step" by Alexandra Schwartz; "Pink Lemonade" by Kelefa Sanneh; and "Talk to Them" by Anthony Lane.
"Snake Eyes" by Hendrik Hertzberg; "The Last Drop" by Ben McGrath; "The Vineyard Fracture" by Lauren Collins; "Watching Lebanon" by Seymour Hersh; "Stations of the Mel" by Christopher Buckley; "Blank Monday" by William Finnegan; and "On Duty" by David Denby.
"World-Weary", by David Remnick; "Take Picture", by Nick Paumgarten; "Dignity", by William Finnegan; "Caught in the Act", by John Lahr; and "Lonely People", by David Denby.
In this issue: "Courting Black Voters" by Amy Davidson; "The Digital Dirt" by Nicholas Schmidle; and "Last Days" by William Finnegan; and "Fashion Victims" by Anthony Lane.
"Surf for Love, Not for Gold" is from the November 02, 2015 Sports section of The New York Times. It was written by William Finnegan and narrated by Fleet Cooper.
In this issue: "Art and Money", by Adam Gopnik; "Journey to Jihad", by Ben Taub; "Off Diamond Head", by William Finnegan; and "Wouldn’t It Be Nice?", by Anthony Lane.
In this issue: What Videos Show", by Amy Davidson; "Tears of the Sun", by William Finnegan; "Escape or Die", by James Verini; "Telling the Whole Story", by Peter Schjeldahl; "Way Up High", by Anthony Lane.
"Bullets and Ballots", by Jelani Cobb; "Friends of Israel", by Connie Bruck; "The Man Without a Mask", by William Finnegan; and "Lasting Impressions", by David Denby: A review of The Trip to Italy.
"Borderlines", by William Finnegan; "Great-Man Theory", by Ben McGrath; "Blow-Up" by Peter Savodnik; "Emptying the Skies", by Jonathan Franzen; "Win or Lose", by Anthony Gottlieb; and "Dream Factory", by David Denby.
"A Place in History", by George Packer; "At the Scene", by Seth Mnookin; "The Culprits", by David Remnick; "The Underground Recovery", by James Surowiecki; "The Deportation Machine", by William Finnegan; "Happiness", by Ian Parker; and "Home Fronts", by Anthony Lane.
"Smoke Signals", by John Cassidy; "Harlem Chic", by Kelefa Sanneh; "The Miner’s Daughter", by William Finnegan; and "Fun in the Sun", by Anthony Lane.
"Running Wild", by Jeffrey Frank; "The Good Wife”, by Ariel Levy; "Out the Window", by Donald Hall; "Slow and Steady", by William Finnegan; and "Loyalty Oaths", by Anthony Lane.
"Listened to this one all the way through!"
"Writing and Winning", by Adam Gopnik; "Soul Sisters", by John Seabrook; "The Next Level", by James Surowiecki; "Confounding Fathers", by Sean Wilentz; "In the Name of the Law", by William Finnegan; "The Depths", by Alex Ross; and "Hearing Things", by David Denby.
"Audio v Print - Missing articles"
"Oil Shocks", by Elizabeth Kolbert; "Basta", by Gay Talese; "Doctor, Doctor", by Lizzie Widdicombe; "Silver of Lead", by William Finnegan; "The Plastic Panic", by Jerome Groopman; and "Epic Struggles", by David Denby.
"Quagmiers" by Hendrik Hertzberg; "A Theft in the Library" by William Finnegan; "Salesman" by Nick Paumgarten; "Some Assembly Required" by Paul Goldberger; and "Best Friends" by Anthony Lane.
William Finnegan has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 1987. His books include Dateline Soweto, A Complicated War, and Cold New World, all of which grew out of articles for the magazine. In his July 25th New Yorker piece, "The Terrorism Beat", he wrote about how the N.Y.P.D., under Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly, is working to prevent terrorist attacks.