They've conquered Broadway, talk radio, the U.S. Senate—and they may win the White House. Walter Kirn on why Mitt Romney and 6 million Mormons have the secret to success, in this week’s Newsweek.

Walter Kirn’s Up in the Air is flying high on Oscar buzz—but it almost never made it to the screen. How the film’s director, star, and a twist of fate saved the project from extinction.

Walter Kirn, author of Lost in the Meritocracy, on his college breakdown, colliding with clubby rich kids, and the book that brought all the horror rushing back.

The day John Lennon was shot, Walter Kirn squeezed out a few tears, belted out a song, and embraced the fact he felt like a working-class fraud among the Princeton swells.