Clay Smith

  • Literary Warrior

    Jan Reid has been pondering masculinity, violence and Texas most of his life. No one who has a phobia of fighting should engage the […] Full Story

  • The Good Texan

      There should be every “damndest” reason, as the wealthy, outsized Texan in Jonathan Franzen’s new novel Freedom might say, to take Franzen to […] Full Story

  • Small Victories: Real Journalism

    Letters to a Young Journalist I haven’t read all the titles in Basic Books’ “The Art of Mentoring” series—there are also Letters to a […] Full Story

  • Wal-Mart Trilogy

    The Bully of Bentonville: How the High Cost of Wal-Mart’s Everyday Low Prices Is Hurting America The Wal-Mart Effect: How the World’s Most Powerful […] Full Story

  • Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit

    Happiness: A History Happiness: A History seemed like a very happy book to me until page 15. Happiness, as people say, is short-lived. Page […] Full Story