What do a thousand-year trust, the death penalty, a missing writer, and food poisoning have in common? They’re all part of our most popular posts of 2011. Oh, and if you’re looking to have a blockbuster essay, you might want to have Paul Collins write it. 
1. "Trust Issues,” Paul Collins (The Future)
2. “Vanishing Act,” Paul Collins (Celebrity)
3. “Kurt Vonnegut at the Blackboard,” (Arts & Letters)
4. “Staking a Life,” Christopher Hitchens (Crimes & Punishments)
5. “Mother of Possibility,” Sven Birkerts (Lines of Work)
6.  “The Late Word,” Curtis White (LQ Roundtable)
7. “Death in the Pot,” Deborah Blum (Food)
8. “Buying Tomorrow,” Jennifer Szalai (The Future)
9. "Quack Prophet," Colin Dickey (The Future)
10. "The Mystique of the Manual," Peter Foges (LQ Roundtable)

What do a thousand-year trust, the death penalty, a missing writer, and food poisoning have in common? They’re all part of our most popular posts of 2011. Oh, and if you’re looking to have a blockbuster essay, you might want to have Paul Collins write it. 

1. "Trust Issues,” Paul Collins (The Future)

2. “Vanishing Act,” Paul Collins (Celebrity)

3. “Kurt Vonnegut at the Blackboard,” (Arts & Letters)

4. “Staking a Life,” Christopher Hitchens (Crimes & Punishments)

5. “Mother of Possibility,” Sven Birkerts (Lines of Work)

6.  “The Late Word,” Curtis White (LQ Roundtable)

7. “Death in the Pot,” Deborah Blum (Food)

8. “Buying Tomorrow,” Jennifer Szalai (The Future)

9. "Quack Prophet," Colin Dickey (The Future)

10. "The Mystique of the Manual," Peter Foges (LQ Roundtable)