Eric Wills

Eric Wills has written about history, sports, and design for Smithsonian, The Washington Post, GQ, the Scholar, and other publications. He was formerly a senior editor at Architect magazine.

Air Show

What the rise of an NBA superstar tells us about ourselves

by Eric Wills | Monday, December 04, 2023

Performance Anxiety

At the Marina Abramović retrospective in London

by Eric Wills | Monday, October 30, 2023

Alcaraz’s World

The future of men’s tennis is now

by Eric Wills | Monday, July 24, 2023

Milking the G.O.A.T.

Why are we so obsessed with anointing the very best?

by Eric Wills | Wednesday, March 01, 2023

Get Me Rewrite!

The relationship between a renowned author and a consummate editor can sometimes make for high drama

by Eric Wills | Thursday, June 01, 2023

One Man's Trash

In the windswept California desert, Noah Purifoy sculpted a visionary monument from the detritus of everyday life

by Eric Wills | Monday, October 24, 2022

A Midcentury Bender

Revisiting Mad Men, 15 years later

by Eric Wills | Monday, October 03, 2022

The Changing of the Guard

This year’s US Open showed the world that tennis’s next generation is here

by Eric Wills | Thursday, September 15, 2022

If You Build It, Will They Still Come?

Scaling the border wall

by Eric Wills | Monday, January 10, 2022

“What’s My Name?”

Ken Burns’s new documentary examines the enduring power of Muhammad Ali

by Eric Wills | Thursday, September 23, 2021

An Open Debate

Might Novak Djokovic, despite his loss this weekend, be the greatest tennis player of all time?

by Eric Wills | Monday, September 13, 2021

The Tiger Conundrum

What to make of the complex, controversial golfing legend

by Eric Wills | Saturday, January 23, 2021

A Most Unusual Slam

In this year’s U.S. Open, the drama was as striking as the silence

by Eric Wills | Wednesday, September 16, 2020

The Dope on Lance

What have we really learned about the cycling legend?

by Eric Wills | Thursday, May 28, 2020

Jordan Rules

The over-the-top, yet welcome, indulgence that is The Last Dance

by Eric Wills | Thursday, May 14, 2020

When Parents Work

A bit of advice by way of a Russian master

by Eric Wills | Thursday, April 16, 2020

The Shot Heard ’Round the World …

(Except in one townhouse in central New Jersey)

by Eric Wills | Thursday, March 19, 2020


This past weekend, two athletes made history in the marathon—but should their achievements give us pause?

by Eric Wills | Thursday, October 17, 2019

Flights of Fancy

The TWA Terminal at JFK, long dormant and then threatened with demolition, is reborn as a hotel

by Eric Wills | Monday, June 03, 2019

Marathon Man

When it comes to athletic records, what was once thought impossible is now imaginable

by Eric Wills | Friday, September 21, 2018

Tiger’s Second Act

The resurgence of the golfing legend

by Eric Wills | Tuesday, August 21, 2018