#WeekendReads | Relationships (Good, Bad & Ugly) | Could Bootleg Films Free North Korea? | Rolling Stone, Now With Audio | Steve Jobs & Tim Cook, the Untold Story


Newsflash: We’ve added audio capability to Rolling Stone, so now you can listen right along with the legendary music coverage, playlists, and reviews. Preview here.

After rocking out, enjoy Esquire’s investigation on men, women, and how we relate, Allure’s music festival inspiration, the best new beauty secrets, and a whole set of stories on new activities to get you outside—from surfing to photographing nature.

Happy Reading!

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Next Issue Picks

Occidental Justice

Esquire April 2015

In an issue all about relationships, this is a story of two freshmen who met in a dorm room at Occidental College. When their drunken sexual encounter collided with a panicked and pressured academic bureaucracy, it quickly became a disaster.

"Life is Too Short"

Fast Company April 2015

In this exclusive excerpt from Becoming Steve Jobs, you'll get the untold story of Tim Cook's friendship with Steve Jobs—and why Jobs wouldn't let Cook try to save his life.

Never. Healthy. Enough.

Self April 2015

Obsessing over nutrition, shunning entire food groups—these are just two symptoms of orthorexia, a behavioral disorder that's on the rise among young women. Rachel Levine, 30, reveals how her fixation on healthy eating almost killed her.

Flash Mob: The Plot to Take Down a Tyrant

WIRED April 2015

Senior writer Andy Greenberg explores how North Korean dissidents are trying to undermine Kim Jong-un with bootleg copies of Titanic and old episodes of Friends. Are they smuggling freedom into North Korea, one USB flash drive at a time?

Play It Loud

The Playlist

Rolling Stone April 9, 2015

Enjoy Rolling Stone's new audio capability by listening to samples of the editors' favorite songs, albums, and videos of the moment—all inside your Next Issue app.

The Filth and the Fury

Maxim March 2015

They've been called the wildest band in rock and the greatest young act in Britain, but whether Fat White Family can keep from self-imploding is yet to be seen. For now, they just want to make you squirm.

Sing the Body Electric

Nylon March 2015

Poised to get even bigger and doubly determined, Rita Ora has convened a brain trust of songwriters in a labyrinth of a recording complex in Hollywood, all tasked with working on her second album. Go inside.

Free Spirits

Allure April 2015

Music festival outfits have a romantic, creative vibe that's DIY-inspired and unabashedly girlie. Sweet prints, embroidery, face paint, and flower crowns are just the beginning.

The Best of Beauty

2015 Genius Awards

ELLE April 2015

In ELLE's annual celebration of the world's top makeup, hair, and skin-care pros. Learn their secrets—from the season's most flattering lipstick shade to the one easy trick for bombshell hair—no appointment required.

Fabulous at Every Age: 60s Kim Gordon

Harper's Bazaar April 2015

Five iconoclastic women prove that timeless beauty knows no bounds. Now in her 60s, pioneering rocker Kim Gordon talks about her memoir, her time with Sonic Youth, and why she's still making things up as she goes along.

#CurlyHairDontCare

Women's Health April 2015

Straight-hair pressure is giving way to a newfound interest in authenticity. In a sea of cookie-cutter blowouts, why not stand out with cool, sexy coils? Here, three striking ways to pump up the volume, whether you come by curls naturally or not.

Do They Really Work?

InStyle April 2015

Let's give props to today's selection of natural beauty products: They're way more sophisticated than the kitchen-sink concoctions of years past. But do they deliver? InStyle did the homework so all you have to do is read, shop, and repeat.

Hobbies for the Great Outdoors

Into the Wild

Popular Photography April 2015

The flora and fauna of the rainforest are in danger of disappearing. Tim Flach photographs these subjects in their unforgiving locations—and he often does it using studio gear.

The Fjord

Surfer May 2015

Exploring the untapped surf potential of the Faroe Islands, a group of professional surfers discover the sweet spots around the isle of sheep. Includes gorgeous photos by Chris Burkard.

The 100 Best Fishing Camps

Field & Stream April 2015

Whether you arrive by floatplane, boat, truck, or with a pack on your back, here are the greatest spots in North America to catch tons of fish, sleep under the stars, and have the time of your life.

True Blue

Bike May 2015

South Lake Tahoe's casino-clad exterior belies a town in the midst of a mountain bike renaissance. Looks don't really matter on the high-country trails where the South Shore's true charm hides.

Sweet Tooth

Mix Up a Carrot Cake

Food Network Magazine April 2015

Make the crowd-pleasing classic—or try a fun new carrot cake-inspired dessert, just in time for the Easter Bunny. Includes pineapple-carrot cake pie and carrot cake sandwich cookies.

Baking With Maple

Vegetarian TImes March 2015

As winter begins to wane, sugar makers get to work tapping sugar maple trees throughout New England and Canada. A year-round breakfast favorite, maple syrup can add a whole new dimension to your baking routine too.

Baking Success

Diabetic Living Spring 2015

One question drives Sue George crazy: "Why would someone with diabetes want to open a bakery?" George left her job as a software engineer eight years ago, and once she discovered how sweet a little risk taking could taste, she never looked back.

Techniques: Scone School

Eating Well March / April 2015

No baking degree required: Gorgeous scones are as easy to make as a batch of muffins. Try these lemon-poppy seed scones or another Eating Well favorite, from sun-dried tomato with thyme to chocolate cherry.

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Sample the latest hits with Rolling Stone audio, now in Next Issue


Thought Rolling Stone couldn’t get any more awesome? We did too…and then this happened.

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Starting with the April 9, 2015 issue of Rolling Stone, you can now sample songs from your favorite artists right inside the Next Issue app.

Count down the editors’ favorite songs and listen along—from Muse’s “Psycho” to Kendrick Lamar’s “King Kunta” off the new LP. Read reviews on album releases of the week—Sufjan Stevens, Ludacris, Ringo Starr, and more—and then decide the best for yourself. Enjoy Rolling Stone‘s legendary musical coverage right alongside the music that inspires it.

Your new favorite playlist is nothing but a tap away.

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#WeekendReads | The Strange Allure of Robert Durst | YOU Voted: March Magness Final Four | Treats, Crafts & Egg-Decorating Fun | 50 Places to Live the Good Life | Amanda Knox vs. Italy—Again?

Here’s a big shoutout to everyone who voted on our March Magness bracket this week! With your help, we ended up with four outstanding sports stories covering the secret life of golf cart girls, the man who ran across world, the most dangerous sporting event ever, and of course March Madness itself.

After your sports binge, kick off spring with a collection of Easter crafts to try at home, from egg-dying techniques to bunny-approved treats, and catch up on the latest news from around the world—Iraq, Iran, Italy, and at home.

Happy Spring and Happy Reading!

Next Issue Picks

Greetings From the Quiet Zone

Popular Science April 2015

In the town of Green Bank, West Virginia, cellphones, Wi-Fi routers, and broadcast antennas are all but absent. It's a rare refuge from wireless technology—where you'll find a community of electrosensitives that consider (radio) silence a virtue.

The 50 Best Places to Live Now

Men's Journal April 2015

What's the best place to start a business? Visit the ocean on your lunch break? Buy your dream home? Men's Journal guides us to the reborn cities, surf towns, and mountain meccas where life is good.

What You (Really) Think About Your Friends

More April 2015

More asked and 1,000 readers answered. Here's what they said about how they get, keep, treasure, reconnect with—and sometimes drop—friends. Perhaps juiciest of all: Which famous women they'd most love to be friends with.

Your Top 10 Most Googled Parenting Questions

Today's Parent April 2015

Today's Parent asked the folks at Google what new parents most often type in that little white search box. Save yourself some scrolling—get all the answers, all in one place. P.S. Put your own kid on the cover with just one tap!

March Magness: The Final Four

Who Can Clip the Cats?

Sports Illustrated March 16, 2015

Kentucky rolled through the regular season unbeaten, but not without revealing a few critical weaknesses. Here, the five teams that might be able to upset the Wildcats (and why).

40 Million Steps Around the Globe

Runner's World April 2015

Endurance junkie Tom Denniss spent 622 days running 16,300 miles through 18 countries. Here, the stories of moonshine, floods, and near misses that were part of his record-setting quest.

The Secret Life of Cart Girls

Golf Digest April 2015

Writer Keely Levins goes undercover as a cart girl to find out just how bad, and bawdy, the ruthless flirting can get. The exchanges with patrons are verbatim, as recorded by a stealthy spy pen.

A Glorious Way to Die

Outside Magazine April 2015

The most scrappy, alcohol-soaked, dangerous competition of all time also happens to be the event that could save the sport of whitewater paddling. Go behind the scenes of the Whitewater Grand Prix.

A Hoppy Easter

Easter Fun

Good Housekeeping April 2015

Want to whip up some holiday treats for your table? Here, adorable deviled chicks, chocolate nests, dip-dyed marshmallows, and an egg-cellent centerpiece.

Hoppy Easter

FamilyFun April 2015

Calling all cottontails! Get a jump on Easter fun with these adorable crafts, treats, and egg-decorating ideas for you and your honeybunnies.

Good Eggs

Family Circle April 2015

Craft stylist Suzonne Stirling hatches a few fresh ways to decorate your eggs this year—sponged, tattooed, and lacy.

Hello Spring

Chatelaine April 2015

Whether you're celebrating the arrival of Easter or just the end of a long winter, seasonal centerpieces will add a splash of color and whimsy to your home.

In The News

What About Bob?

The New Yorker March 23, 2015

In the past several decades, true-crime documentaries have emerged as a kind of secondary appeals system. Go inside the strange allure of Robert Durst and "The Jinx."

Diplomacy of Distrust

TIME March 30, 2015

U.S.-Iran nuclear talks are hampered by decades of suspicion. Can two nations that are sworn enemies even figure out where to begin building bridges?

The New Trials of Amanda Knox

Newsweek March 27, 2015

Four years after she was cleared of murder charges, Amanda Knox faces extradition and another pummeling from Italy's legal system. Will her case turn from sex-murder scandal to international diplomatic showdown?

Baghdad on the Brink

Rolling Stone March 26, 2015

As ISIS beats a bloody path to the gates of Iraq's capital, the hard men of the city are fighting back the only way they know how: with their own reign of terror.

Healthy, Happy Living

Your New Antidepressant Goes Remarkably Well With Blueberries

Prevention March 2015

Maverick psychiatrists are dishing out probiotics in place of drugs. This may be outside the bounds of proven science. It's also worth a shot.

Your Complete Guide to Going No. 2

Dr. Oz The Good Life April 2015

Read this highly informative guide and your gut will thank you. Because understanding the ins and, yes, the outs of your body is essential for good health.

Breathe

Men's Health April 2015

The greatest health tip ever is something you can practice 20,160 times every day. Just learn how to breathe to boost your energy, build strength, and banish pain all day long.

6 Major Fitness Myths Busted

All You April 2015

Ditch these common workout mistakes and you'll get stronger, slimmer and fitter. Plus, three things your gym teacher was right about.

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Nick Offerman and Chelsea Handler bare butts on Esquire April cover


Esquire’s April issue is devoted entirely to how men and women interact. 

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And by the looks of it (clasped hands, stone-cold faces, and pure comfortability) these two comedians are interacting just fine.

We must say, Chelsea Handler’s derrière has become rather familiar as of late. She’s gone to battle with Instagram for consistently taking down her nudity-infused posts, one of which mocked Kim Kardashian’s attempt to #BreakTheInternet.

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Though Handler is a seasoned exhibitionist, Nick Offerman came as a surprise, straying as far away as he could get from the surly Parks and Recreation character, Ron Swanson.

We can’t wait to see what comedic advice these two have in store. See the full Esquire April 2015 issue in your Next Issue app Friday, April 20th.

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Why Bieber aspires to be a “class act” (and why nobody buys it—yet)


“I’ve done some things that might not have been the greatest decisions at the time.”

With April’s Men’s Health cover story, Justin Bieber lays it all on the line—he’s made his mistakes, he’s trying to find himself, and he hopes to become a man all his ‘Beliebers’ can be proud of. But first, let’s take a look at those bad decisions he mentioned…

  • Caught on camera attacking a paparazzo in London
  • Caught on camera sneaking out of a Brazilian brothel wearing just a sheet
  • Egged his next door neighbor’s house, prompting a police raid in which marijuana and other drugs were found
  • Earned his fair share of Twitter mockery for getting carried up the Great Wall of China by his bodyguards (minions?)
  • Wrote this in the guest book at the Anne Frank house, “Anne was a great girl. Hopefully she would have been a belieber.”
  • Adopted a monkey he couldn’t care for and abandoned it in Munich
  • Arrested in Miami for drag racing a Lamborghini under the influence
  • Assaulted a limo driver in Toronto a week later
  • Announced his “retirement” on Twitter
  • Officially became one of the world’s most-hated individuals, as a WhiteHouse.gov petition to deport him to Canada earned 262,817 signatures (more than double the amount required to earn a White House response)
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So, has the newly 21-year-old Bieber really cleaned up? Neither SNL (who can forget the Calvin Klein parody?) nor the celebrities at his Comedy Central roast seem to “beliebe” it.

Read Men’s Health to decide for yourself. Oh—and to experience gems like, “Yeah, you know I’m just getting bigger, man. It’s like, my shoulders don’t fit in some things” and “I want to always remain…to have that sense of purity inside of me where I don’t…I don’t want to lose that sense of purity.”

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#MarchMagness: VOTE on bracket picks for the very best sports stories this week


While the rest of the nation is making bets on the NCAA Tournament, we’ve put together a bracket all our own. 

March Magness Bracket

Welcome to March Magness! With your votes, we’re recruiting a “dream team” of the best sports stories for this week’s #WeekendReads. Monday through Thursday, help us choose the top story of the day—just head to Facebook and comment about the story you like best.

BONUS: Each day, one lucky voter will win a Next Issue t-shirt (they’re soft and perfect for watching some basketball or reading some magazines).

And as for the four winning stories? Look out for a “March Magness” category in your #WeekendReads newsletter this Saturday, and bask in the glory that those picks were hand-chosen by you.

Here’s the lineup. Daily winners to be announced here and on Facebook.

Day 1: College Basketball (because it is March Madness after all)

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WINNER: Sports Illustrated (March 16, 2015) The five teams that might be able to upset the undefeated Kentucky Wildcats (and why)

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Sports Illustrated (March 16, 2015) A special investigation into the sexual assault charges against former Duke guard Rasheed Sulaimon

Vote here.

Day 2: Golf

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Golf Digest (April 2015) Rory McIlroy’s intense training ritual (and mindset) as he aims for a career Grand Slam

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WINNERGolf Digest (April 2015) Writer Keely Levins goes undercover as a cart girl, finding out just how bad the ruthless flirting can get

Vote here.

Day 3: Running 

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WINNER: Runners’ World (April 2015) The story of Tom Denniss, the man who spent 622 days running 16,300 miles through 18 countries, thus setting the world record

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Running Times (March / April 2015) The story of Jack Daniels, the Olympian, coach, and now 82-year-old exercise physiologist responsible for the training philosophy serious runners swear by today

Vote here.

Day 4: Extreme Sports  

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WINNER: Outside Magazine (April 2015) The most scrappy, alcohol-soaked, and dangerous competition of all time—which also happens to be the event that could save whitewater paddling as a sport

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Men’s Journal (April 2015) A tale about the pair of friends who conquered El Capitan’s Dawn Wall, widely known as the sheerest and most difficult big-wall rock climb ever attempted

Vote here.

Thanks for voting! Read this week’s #WeekendReads (or start a 30 day FREE trial) to enjoy the winning stories and more.

#WeekendReads | Princeton Prep Turned High-Society Murderer | Minecraft CEO’s $4.5B Contradiction | Anti-Science Conspiracies | Sheryl Sandberg Says Lean In (With Men) | Spring Cleaning Doesn’t Have to Suck


Guest-Curator-brenden-faberThis week was filled with stories that inspired us to be our best (and made us feel like maybe we’re a little behind on this whole achievement thing).

Bill Gates, Michael Jordan, and the other Forbes Billionaires gave us something to aspire to, Popular Mechanics presented an age-by-age guide to life’s basic skills, Sheryl Sandberg shared tips for leaning in with men, and reader Brenden Faber chose his favorite stories on achieving success. (Follow him on Instagram here.)

Happy Reading, and here’s to accomplishing something great this weekend!

P.S. Would you like to be the next guest curator? Shoot us an email.

Next Issue Picks

Life After God

Forbes March 23, 2015

With Minecraft, Markus Persson became a deity to millions in his virtual world. Then he abruptly took $2.5 billion and walked away. A look inside the deal of the year—and the confused, indulgent life of a fallen idol.

The Age of Disbelief

National Geographic March 2015

Man never really walked on the moon. Vaccines cause more harm than good. Global warming is a hoax. GMOs are evil. Science skepticism is on the rise. What's causing reasonable people to doubt reason?

A Gilded Rage

Vanity Fair April 2015

When Thomas Gilbert Jr. was charged with murdering his father, hedge-fund manager Thomas Gilbert Sr., in January, New York society gasped. But those close to the 30-year-old scion had watched a tragedy in the making.

The Popular Mechanics Field Guide to Life

Popular Mechanics April 2015

In the crush of school and work and love and responsibility, it's easy to miss learning a few key skills—and not realize it until the time comes to use them. Here, an age-by-age manual to the most important abilities in life.

Reader Picks: Secrets to Success

The Psychology of Productivity

Inc. March 2015

Having tried many different methods for task handling, I find that sometimes procrastination still comes into play. This article is a good reminder to focus less on how much I'm doing, and more on what I'm doing. As the Buddhists like to say, tame the "monkey mind".

A Winning Personality

Entrepreneur March 2015

I engage with both extroverts and introverts on a daily basis, and find that understanding these personality types is key to effective leadership. It's interesting to explore the middle ground of 'ambiverts,' and to think about how we aren't necessarily fixed to one personality type throughout our lives.

Quitting: How to Walk Away

GQ March 2015

It's important to be able to say 'no' and not overcommit. I especially liked the advice, "Forget about sunk costs. It doesn't matter how much you've invested in something. You're only concerned with what happens going forward." Central lesson: Don't be tied to the past if it's time to change course.

Balancing Act

Yoga Journal March 2015

Research continues to prove that sitting at a desk and looking at a screen is bad for our health. This really simple guide helps alleviate the inevitable muscle imbalances. I used to stretch regularly, and the article inspired me to build this habit back into my schedule.

Secrets from Successful Women

Cosmo Careers: Lean In...With Men

Cosmopolitan April 2015

Sure, some men are mansplaining, manterrupting manchildren, but others crush it as equal partners. Meet more women-loving men and deal with jerks the right way. Guest edited by Lean In founder Sheryl Sandberg.

India Hicks: Purpose Meets Passion

More March 2015

A childhood smothered in privilege put her in Princess Diana's wedding party, but didn't help clarify her life mission. Decades of soul searching landed Hicks in a remote island paradise—where she's building a business that suits her unconventional lifestyle.

Flare's First Ever 30 Under 30

Flare April 2015

Meet the Canadian women who are changing the world—one anti-aging compound, erotic magazine, or masterfully tailored dress at a time. Prepare to be hella inspired.

@Work: Tech Influencers

Marie Claire March 2015

For women with big ideas and major hustle, opportunity beckons. Even the tech industry, notorious for its buzz, bros, and billions, has a new crop of whip-smart women taking its rightful place at the top.

Reviews You Can Use

Buyer's Guide: Mountain

Bicycling April 2015

Pump up the thrills with these exceptionally capable full-suspension mountain bikes. The trail has never been this much fun. Looking for road or town bikes? This issue has sections for you, too.

New Cars

Consumer Reports April 2015

Consumer Reports loves cars and SUVs and trucks, but boy, do they put them through their paces. They've put this year's models through more than 50 tests to tell you the best wheels to get. Video included!

Editors' Choice Awards

Backpacker April 2015

Backpacker dragged hundreds of products around the globe for a year, looking for performance, innovation, and bang for your buck. They took finalists to the Sierra Nevadas and Death Valley for a last shakedown. The result: 13 winners for your outdoor wish list.

The Best Brands

ShopSmart April 2015

Who makes the best appliances, cars, and electronics? ShopSmart tests thousands of products each year, then compares historical data to find the brands that come out on top.

Spring Cleaning Doesn't Have to Suck

Home Sweet (Organized!) Home

Woman's Day April 2015

The prettiest organizers straighten up and decorate at the same time. Say goodbye to frustrating, space-sucking clutter with these expert tricks and stylish storage solutions.

Clean Your Machines

Martha Stewart Living April 2015

Spring is the perfect time to give our indispensable appliances and electronics some much-needed attention. Here's the inside dirt on washing and maintaining the often-used, seldom-cleaned machines in a few of your home's busiest spaces.

No More Messing Around

Real Simple April 2015

With three boys, five dogs, and zero storage strategies, this busy Texas family was desperate for an organizing intervention. Real Simple tackled the trouble spots from top to bottom. To appreciate the transformation, tap to view "before" images.

Tackle the Most Dreaded Jobs

All You March 2015

Do you put off washing down the walls, cleaning the window frames, and dusting hard-to-reach places? Read on for quick fixes that conquer dreaded spring cleaning tasks with as little elbow grease as possible.

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April 2015

Watch Zoolander’s Derek & Hansel take over the runway at Paris Fashion Week


No surprise…they’re still really really ridiculously good looking. 

Those who attended the Valentino show at Paris Fashion Week were met with an unexpected finale. As what seemed like the last model walked the runway and “Don’t You Want Me” started blaring through the speakers, the mood quickly shifted from quiet and composed to slightly confused.

Then came the big reveal…Ben Stiller rocking his signature “Blue Steel” as Derek Zoolander, and Owen Wilson back in the role of Hansel (so hot right now). Even Anna Wintour couldn’t help but crack a smile.

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Start sipping your orange mocha frappuccino and practicing your latest look, because Paramount Pictures announced that Zoolander 2 is expected to hit theaters Feb. 12, 2016.

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#WeekendReads | Wilt Chamberlain’s Unclaimed Son | New Story from Stephen King | Japan’s Most Overworked Adult Film Star | Daylight Savings Fun


This weekend, “spring forward” with the week’s most fascinating stories.

Start with one man’s mission to find out if Wilt Chamberlain is really his dad, Stephen King’s latest unsettling tale, Brian Kevin’s adventure-inspiring picks, and a whole set of steamy stories on sex.

Happy Reading!

P.S. iPad and iPhone users, finding #WeekendReads in your Next Issue app just got easier. Scroll to the bottom of the category menu and select #WeekendReads for one-tap access to all the stories featured below. 

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Next Issue Picks

We're Calling BS

Canadian Business March 2015

Canadian Business waded through piles of misguided notions, boneheaded beliefs, and even downright lies that steer smart companies off course. Now they're here to set the record straight.

"A Death" by Stephen King

The New Yorker March 9, 2015

Stephen King is a master of disturbing fiction. This short story draws you in and takes you back in time to a frontier town, where Sheriff Barclay works a case that challenges his clarity.

Tiny Worlds Under Glass

Country Gardens Magazine Spring 2015

One quirky Brooklyn business helps keep memories alive by creating miniature replicas of cherished moments and sealing them in apothecary jars. With fun photos and tips, you've got everything you need to spend the weekend creating your own.

SI Exclusive: A Giant Shadow

Sports Illustrated March 9, 2015

Boasting about his sexual encounters, Wilt Chamberlain said there would never be any "little Wilties." That may not have been true, as adoptee Aaron Levi found in his quest to locate his biological parents.

Let's Talk About Sex

Game Over

Maxim March 2015

With his best-seller The Game, Neil Strauss brought the mysterious art of no-fail seduction to the masses—and became the movement's top practitioner. Then he fell in love. Can the world's most famous pickup artist survive a stint in sex rehab?

Sex, Now.

WIRED March 2015

Technology seems so cold. Circuits, processors, glass. But sex, at its core, is about human connection. And we now live in the most connected age in history. How we get it on, how we find partners, how we grow closer—all of it has changed.

Big in Japan

Details March 2015

At 35, Shimiken is the brightest star in Japan's booming porn industry. But, with only 70 male actors available to service 10,000 actresses, demand is exceeding what even the most virile stud can supply.

63 Secrets to Better Orgasms

Cosmopolitan April 2015

Not okay: New research has confirmed that straight single women have the fewest orgasms, while their male counterparts have the most. Here, Cosmo's quest to close the gap—and a complete guide to your best orgasm ever.

On a Quest with Brian Kevin

The Accident

GQ March 2015

I look way, way up to Michael Paterniti, one of the best longform storytellers in the field. It's interesting to see him apply his reporting and narrative skills to a tragic incident from his adolescence. This piece is a search for understanding—understated and thoughtful, with great pacing.

A Liar Standing Next to a Hole in the Ground

Outside Magazine March 2015

Outside was my first magazine love, and this story of a quixotic search for gold in the Arizona mountains is reminiscent of the classic adventure tales the mag built its reputation on. Prospector Flint Carter is the kind of character a writer dreams of running into.

How Crazy Am I to Think I Actually Know Where That Malaysia Airlines Plane Is?

New York Magazine February 23, 2015

It's maybe the most overexposed quest in recent memory: The search for MH370. A science writer turned cable news pundit reflects on the circus of coverage and floats his own theory. But the piece's heart is its meditation on the nature of certainty.

Grand Canyon on the Edge

Smithsonian March 2015

I'm a sucker for muckraking that lays bare threats to public lands, and David Roberts' piece spells out who stands to lose from a massive recreation development on the rim of the Grand Canyon (including all Americans who value their national treasures). Great photos too.

Fun in the Sun

Into the Woods

Self March 2015

Nature is definitely the new social hot spot, and with more daylight hours after work, trails just might be the perfect happy hour alternative. Learn about easy outdoor exercises, the best running trails, and adventure groups in your area.

Designed to Delight

This Old House April 2015

Grow an easy-care garden. See how one landscape pro turned his hardscrabble surroundings into a lush, romantic escape with little surprises around every corner. Includes pictures and plans.

Backwards Facing Culture

Surfer April 2015

Surfers have seen the future and are fleeing back to surfing values from another time, eschewing their Darwinist obligation to surf faster, bigger, and better. Instead, they're surfing cooler—impossibly cooler in some cases.

Sea You Soon

Parents April 2015

Want to go somewhere—anywhere—warm? Parents teamed up with TripAdvisor to find the 10 best beach resorts with a track record of fab family reviews and hot deals to stretch your vacation fund.

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