Next Issue Editors’ Picks 2014 (part 2)

And now for more don’t-miss stories from the editorial teams behind 2014′s amazing magazine content. Check out favorites from the editors of New York Magazine, Outside Magazine, Vegetarian Times, and Wenner Media, and look forward to the full Year in Magazines coming soon!

In case you missed it, here are the Editors’ Picks Part 1.


Adam Moss

Editor in Chief, New York Magazine


new-york-magazine-ruthThe Day I Started Lying to Ruth

New York Magazine, May 5, 2014

“Peter Bach writes an extraordinary essay about being a cancer doctor whose wife has terminal cancer. With the diagnosis came the realization that at each step of the way, he would be privy to knowledge his wife didn’t have yet. A memorial of a marriage, an exploration of the doctor-patient relationship (the toll it takes to balance hope and truth) and a memoir of grief, all in one.”




Let’s, Like, Demolish Laundry.

New York Magazine, May 19, 2014

“In a year when the tech boom reached comic heights, Jessica Pressler captured the fizzy moment in a tour de force of magazine feature writing. This is the tale of a plucky gang of millennial men attempting to create “the Uber of Laundry” only to realize they aren’t the first to arrive at the idea.”



new-york-magazine-transThe Trans-Everything CEO

New York Magazine, September 8, 2014

“In her masterful profile, Lisa Miller introduces the world to one of its most extraordinary citizens: a serial entrepreneur, futurist philosopher, pig-organ-for-transplant farmer, transhumanist visionary, pioneer of GPS and satellite radio,  attorney with expertise in the laws of outer space, and devoted father who became a devoted mother in her 40s but remained married to the same woman.”





Chris Keyes

VP / Editor, Outside Magazine



Black Year

Outside Magazine, September 2014

“Why did 16 Sherpas die on Everest this year? In this fascinating exposé, Grayson Schaffer explores the dangerous intricacies of guiding on the world’s toughest mountain—and the strange economics that ensure Sherpas take on the deadliest risks.”



outside-magazine-educationWe Don’t Need No Education

Outside Magazine, September 2014

“This was one of our most popular—and divisive—stories of the year. A growing movement of parents believes public school is choking the creativity out of our kids. The solution: set ‘em free, like writer Ben Hewitt did.”




Outside Magazine, December 2014

“Writer Rachel Sturtz, a former Big Ten track champion, spent a year investigating the longstanding pattern of male swim coaches preying on young women—and the governing body that has historically looked the other way. It’s a fascinating read on a horrifying culture of abuse and denial.”





Elizabeth Turner

Editor in Chief, Vegetarian Times


vegetarian-times-britishBritish Invasion

Vegetarian Times, June 2014

“For this year’s “Chefs We Love” issue, we profiled recipes from notable vegetarian chefs around the world. My favorite story is “British Invasion,” because writer Mary Margaret Chappell and photographer Beatriz da Costa actually did invade the UK for about a week, personally meeting the people, tasting the food, and collecting great recipes and stories from England’s up-and-coming veg dining destinations. The whole thing made me proud and appreciative that we have such a far-flung (and talented) creative team.”




Editorial Staff

Wenner Media


us-weekly-joanJoan Rivers: Remembering A Legend

Us Weekly, September 22, 2014

The fearless entertainer broke down barriers and kept fans in stitches until her sudden death.




mens-journal-doctorWhen To Say No To Your Doctor

Men’s Journal, October 2014

Every time you walk into a physician’s office, you run the risk of overtreatment: Tests you don’t need, medications that are ineffective (or dangerous), procedures that cause more problems than they solve. In many cases the best thing for your health is to do nothing.



rolling-stone-kochInside the Koch Brothers Toxic Empire

Rolling Stone, October 9, 2014

Together, Charles and David Koch control one of the world’s largest fortunes, which they are using to buy up our political system. But what they don’t want you to know is how they made all that money.

Ask the experts: favorite hair & makeup tips, home & garden spectacles 2014

As we prepare to bring you The Year in Magazines, our full roundup of favorite stories from 2014, we thought it best to reach out to some experts in the field (who also happen to be avid Next Issue readers).

Read on to hear why these 7 stories are Alyssa’s and Bonnie’s picks, then open up back issues in your Next Issue app and get reading!


Alyssa Hertzig spends her days as Beauty Director for Brides Magazine, and her free time blogging at The Sparkly Life. Her favorite stories of the year give amazing tips on everything from getting the shiniest hair, to finding the right red lipstick for you, to staying safe in the sun.


Bonnie McCarthy is a nationally-recognized design enthusiast, author, photographer, and former fashion editor at Teen Magazine. We were thrilled to have her share her top 2014 stories on home and gardening. Find more from Bonnie at This American Home.

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Alyssa's Best of Beauty

The Shining

Allure September 2014

Who doesn't want glossier hair? This comprehensive article has practical, fresh tips for boosting shine. But what really sold me? The stunning photos that go along with the piece. Simply gorgeous.

Red Alert

Brides December 2014 / January 2015

This one isn't just for brides-to-be, I promise! Red lipstick can instantly update your look, but so many people are afraid to wear it. As this story shows, there's a red out there for everyone.

Sun Mistakes You're Probably Making

Women's Health June 2014

A writer goes undercover at a dermatologist's office, a San Diego beach, and a shopping mall to discover the sunscreen mistakes that real people—even doctors!—are making. Great advice on staying safe and protected.

Screen Stars

ELLE July 2014

In their #SocialMedia issue, ELLE asked some of the biggest social stars (including the gorgeous model Karlie Kloss!) to share their best beauty tips for life online and off.

Bonnie's Best of Home Décor

The Contemplative Gardener

Country Living April 2014

It’s a three-way tie, but since I can only pick one story in this issue, I suggest the tale of Tarrnation Farm. Beyond the beautiful home Reggie Tarr built by hand in Sugar Hill, NH, it's his philosophy that will linger in your consciousness. He works hard, lives simply, and cultivates charm and character in abundance.

Second Nature

Domino Spring 2014

Designer Lauren Liess says it was love at first sight when she found this home for her family of five. I felt the same, and I think you will too. Liess proves once and for all that family-friendly doesn’t have to mean frumpy. Natural light, blonde woods, elegant design and thrifty details add up to real life inspiration.

Blurring the Boundaries

Sunset January 2014

You had me at "...window walls frame Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains."This “rustic and not too precious,” home truly welcomes the outside in. Tap an icon to view the floor plan, peruse a detailed list of building materials, or just grab a cup of coffee and a cozy sweater and daydream.

Britney Spears shocks with bikini body (and new face?)

Britney Spears in Women's Health magazine

As a 33-year-old mom of two, Britney Spears is looking toned, tanned, and mighty fine on the January / February 2015 cover of Women’s Health. But there’s another reason the pop star’s cover image has begun to generate buzz.

Some find Britney altogether unrecognizable…


Who is that on the cover of Women’s Health & what has she done with Britney Spears?

— Jac (@WacquiJacqui) December 16, 2014 


They said Britney Spears was on the cover of Women’s Health, but I don’t see her…

— Peyton’s Head (@PeytonsHead) December 16, 2014

While others think she resembles someone else…


Love my #Britney Spears but why did women’s health make her look like Heidi Klum? #ohthatdangphotoshopagain

— Dlo (@LoLoHills) December 16, 2014


Why did Women’s Health put Heidi Klum’s head on Britney Spears’ body?

— hailey huntington (@H_Huntington) December 16, 2014


Whether we can chalk it up to plastic surgery, extreme makeup, or just another case of Photoshop madness, we’re excited to see what Britney has to say.

Look out for the January / February 2015 issue of Women’s Health, available in Next Issue Friday, December 19th.

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The Next Issue Editors’ Picks 2014 (part 1)

Tell us about a story from 2014 that readers should be sure not to miss. 

We posed the same question to magazine editors from all 140+ Next Issue titles. The result: 19 of the most game-changing, eye-opening, debate-starting, and best written stories of the year, hand-selected by the people who oversaw the entire process.

You can read all of these stories in your Next Issue app! Look out for part 2, and then our full roundup of The Year in Magazines coming soon.


Dennis Lewon

Editor in Chief, Backpacker



 Gone Girl

Backpacker, February / March 2014

“When Colorado native Aubrey Sacco, 23, embarked on a trek in Nepal’s Langtang Valley, it was a dream come true. But the dream turned into her family’s worst nightmare when Sacco vanished in the Himalayas. The mystery turned horrifying when her father went in search of her and discovered that solo female trekkers were disappearing at an alarming rate.”




A Ghost Among Us

Backpacker, August 2014

“For years, long-distance hiking records have been dominated by men. So when Heather Anderson set off to hike the Pacific Crest Trail’s 2,650 miles—from Mexico to Canada—faster than anyone ever had before, history was against her. This is how she changed history.”




American Wild

Backpacker, September 2014

“If you like the outdoors, you’ll love this package celebrating the Wilderness Act’s 50th anniversary. Meet a hiker who is on a quest to visit all 439 Forest Service wilderness areas. Get inspired for your next trip with stunning photography. And learn about what’s in store for wilderness in the next 50 years.”





Greg Ditrinco

Editor, SKI Magazine


SKI-pleasureThe Great Pleasure Project

SKI, November 2014

“SKI’s writer and photographer were two of the first western journalists to gain access to North Korea’s new ski resort, Masik Ryong, a $100 million vanity project of Kim Jon-un’s. They faced intimidation and the subtle threat of detainment and personal violence throughout their trip, but returned with a story about the remarkable resilience of the human spirit. It was an inspiring feature for SKI, exploring large and meaningful world issues through our particular lens, the goal of any vertical publication.”




Terry Monmaney

Executive Editor, Smithsonian



Eliot Ness vs. J. Edgar Hoover

Smithsonian, October 2014

“The prohibition bureau had few agents like Eliot Ness.  He and his men were called “the Untouchables”, a nickname earned by refusing bribes bigger than their annual paychecks.   As the last days of prohibition were ticking away, Ness was hoping for another shot at glory, applying for a job with J. Edgar Hoover and the future FBI. This triggered a string of reports, observations, and transcripts that include the allegation that the lead Untouchable was anything but.”




Giant Steps

Smithsonian, November 2014

“Hugh Herr lost his own legs in 1982 when he was caught in a blizzard ascending Mount Washington. After a fellow climber died trying to a rescue him and he was stranded for 4 days in freezing weather, both of his legs needed to be amputated as a result of severe frostbite.  Herr became motivated to do something worthwhile with his life to honor the memory of the rescuer who had died trying to save him. The bionic limbs he’s building are inspired by nature’s own designs, and will let someone run, jump and climb with ease.”




The Controversial Afterlife of King Tut

Smithsonian, December 2014

“No pharaoh has inspired more “educated guesses” than King Tutankhamun. Uncovered by British Egyptologist Howard Carter in 1922, scientists still have not solved the mysteries of King Tut’s death, almost a century later. Was he injured in battle? Did malaria claim his life? Or was it a degenerative bone disease? A DNA test has exposed a hidden secret—the boy king once again has the world of Egyptology in an uproar.”





 Carin Gorrell

Editor in Chief, Yoga Journal


yoga-journal-shadowYoga’s Shadow Side

Yoga Journal, October 2014

“Eight months in the making, this narrative examines the prevalence of eating disorders in the yoga community, and marks Yoga Journal’s return to covering more controversial topics. The writer and editors worked tirelessly (into the wee hours of the morning, more than once) to ensure the reporting on this sensitive issue was thorough, fair, and balanced.”



yoga-journal-beautyNatural Beauty Awards

Yoga Journal, November 2014

Yoga Journal readers are passionate conscious consumers. In our first ever Natural Beauty Awards, we found over 300 products that met the Environmental Working Group’s ingredient standards. We then sent the contenders to readers across the country to test—a massive exercise in organization and diligence. The results: 36 face, body, and hair products our readers can feel truly good about using.

Stories from the Ebola fighters, TIME’s 2014 Person of the Year

Watch a handful of Ebola fighters talk about treating (and surviving) the disease, read on for more tales from heroic volunteers, and read the full story in TIME’s  December 22 issue, available in Next Issue now.

“Ask what drove them and some talk about God; some about country; some about the instinct to run into the fire, not away.”

Regardless of reason, the volunteers and aid workers on the front lines of the Ebola outbreak committed tireless acts of courage and mercy, bought the world time to boost its defenses, risked, persisted, sacrificed, and saved—and for that, they are TIME’s 2014 Person of the Year.

Dr. Jerry Brown, Medical Director and General Surgeon at the Eternal Love Winning Africa Hospital, Monrovia

Jerry Brown

Brown recognized the imminent threat of Ebola before international organizations even thought about stepping in. With no previous knowledge about the disease, he immediately started researching, converted his town’s chapel into an isolation ward, and began treating patients.

Katie Meyler, Founder of More Than Me, a school for girls from the West Point slum in Monrovia 

Katie Meyler

When Meyler met Esther Tokpah, who awoke from a coma, having survived Ebola only to find her entire family wiped out, she took the girl in with open arms.

Foday Gallah, Ambulance Supervisor, Monrovia 

Foday Gallah

Gallah survived Ebola, and saw his second chance as a divine opportunity to help others. In his words, “I am going to get on that ambulance. I am going to every nook and cranny of the capital city, pick up whatsoever Ebola patient and take them to the treatment unit, and give them words of hope, of encouragement.”

For more stories from survivors and volunteers, open up TIME‘s December 22 issue in your Next Issue app.

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#WeekendReads | Are We All Hoarders? | New Nightclub: Your Local Gym | Divorced Parents’ Guide to Teamwork | Steamy Bedroom Tales | TIME Honors Ebola Fighters

Guest Curator Chrysa DuranNeed a break from all the holiday planning, gift shopping, and travel coordinating of the season? This weekend is your sweet reprieve.

We’ve got the best stories for parents & kids, new ways to stay active (even in the dead of winter), crystal ball predictions for 2015, plus candy, cake, and cookie recipes hand-picked by Chrysa Duran of Thrifty Jinxy.

Happy Reading!

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Next Issue Picks

Closer Look: The Fortune Crystal Ball

Fortune December 22, 2014

Fortune parsed the data and polled the experts to bring you 27 well-studied predictions of the events, people, and ideas that will matter in 2015. Turns out, there's a lot to look forward to. Wireless chargers, yay. Mom jeans, really?

Let It Go

The New Yorker December 15, 2014

Are we becoming a nation of hoarders? Joan Acocella reports on the rise of a habit once associated with the upper class, now considered a disorder.

The Sex That Changed My Life

ELLE January 2015

Stories of another kind of enlightenment. Eight women share their most thrilling bedroom tales. "She thought hers was the weaker sex, until..."

2014 Person of the Year: The Ebola Fighters

TIME December 22, 2014

What drove them? Some say God; some say country; some say pure instinct. For tireless courage, buying the world time, risking, sacrificing, and saving, Ebola fighters are TIME's 2014 Person of the Year.

Get Active

A Boy and His Bonk

Outside January 2015

When triathlete T.J. Murphy took on a beyond-extreme fitness challenge modeled on the Navy's hell week, his first question was, "Can I survive this?" His second: "Should I even want to?"

Saved by the Bike

Bicycling January / February 2015

Meet five inspiring cyclists who radically transformed their lives just by pedaling their bikes. Here's how they made it happen—and how you, too, can harness the power of the bicycle to change your life for the better.

The Social Sweatwork

Fitness January 2015

Your new nightclub is the gym. People who sweat to be social love it because they've accomplished two things—working out and catching up. Get in on the action here.

The Winter of Our Content

Yoga Journal December 2014

The best time to break for yoga? When you feel you have no time at all. Simultaneously relax and reinvigorate with this restorative practice.

For Parents & Little Readers

Picky-Eater Rehab

Parents January 2015

Frustrated parents are sending their fussy kids to specially designed clinics at children's hospitals. What strategies do the experts there have to improve your kid's diet? Get the dish here.

Co-Parenting That Works

Today's Parent January 2015

Love, marriage, baby carriage, and the not-so-blissful truth about relationships: Sometimes, they end. But more parents are finding ways to set aside their differences and raise their kids as a team.

Quiz: Stump Your Parents

National Geographic Kids December 2014 / January 2015

If your parents can't answer these questions, maybe they should go to school instead of you. Tap the answers to see who's right (or wrong).

How to Raise a DIY Kid

Real Simple January 2015

All parents want their children to be self-sufficient. But teaching self-sufficiency in a world full of danger, real and imagined, is a challenge. Here's how to help little ones stand on their own.

In The News

The Chinese Century

Vanity Fair January 2015

In 2014, China overtook the U.S. as the world's largest economy. The natural American reaction would be to "contain" China—and that, says a Nobel-laureate economist, would be a mistake.

Janay Rice

ESPN The Magazine December 22, 2014

In ESPN The Magazine's Interview Issue, Janay Rice finally speaks out about what happened in that elevator on the infamous night of Wednesday, Nov. 5.

Shades of Grey

Maclean's December 29, 2014

A new racial crisis has exploded despite big gains under Barack Obama. Here, a look at the victories and setbacks in Obama's America.

The New Cyberwar

Bloomberg Businessweek December 15, 2014

It's not the cyberwar many predicted, but it's devastating in its own way. Here, the play-by-play on the Sands hack, and what it represents for digital warfare's next phase.

Reader Picks | Chrysa Duran

These Cookies Take the Cake

Every Day With Rachael Ray December 2014

I always like to have more than one dessert after dinner. These cookies take all the taste of a full size dessert and squeeze them into a cookie—so we can have several!

Cookie Countdown

Food Network Magazine December 2014

This extensive collection of cookie recipes has classic favorites like Candy Cane and Pignoli Cookies, and some new ideas like Pink Grapefruit Shortbread and Pomegranate Spritz Cookies.

Delicious Dozen

Family Circle December 2014

Family Circle compiled this collection by asking Facebook fans to share their best-loved Christmas cookies. It includes winners from their archives—plus a modern take on each.

Gifts So Sweet

Vegetarian Times December 2014

Take classic cookie favorites and add new inventive twists like spices, nuts, coconut, and cocoa nibs to make them a memorable gift.

New Issues

Five excellent holiday gift ideas for the friend who has everything

After creating The Best Gifts of 2014, we kind of consider ourselves holiday trend experts, and we’ve got a few unexpected gift ideas up our sleeve.

First off, with unlimited access to over 140 different magazines, Next Issue has something for everyone on your list. Give a gift in the form of a 1, 3, 6, or 12-month subscription.

Next up, five more gift ideas sure to surprise and delight even the hardest-to-shop-for friend.

1) The new-to-market gift

New technology

Photo credit: Kate Ter Haar

Nothing makes a better surprise than technology they haven’t gotten their hands on yet. The iPhone 6 Plus was one of the most-recommended gifts this year across all 145 Next Issue magazines (Vogue, Men’s Fitness, and more). Then there’s the Aether Cone, the music player recommended by Men’s Health that automatically learns what you like to listen to. The newer it is, the better the surprise!

 2) The experiential gift

experiential gifts

Photo credit: Rob McIlvaine

So they have everything they want? No problem. Give them a once-in-a-lifetime experience to share. Maybe it’s a concert, maybe it’s a nice meal at a fancy restaurant, or maybe it’s one of those wildly-popular wine and painting classes. Who knows, maybe they’ll even invite you along.

3) The subscription gift 

Next Issue gift subscription

Show your friend just how well you know them by helping them enjoy the things they love most. For those who like to read, give the gift of unlimited magazines. Some of the other trendiest subscriptions of the year include Blue Apron, Blue Bottle Coffee, and Coolhaus.

4) The handmade or customized gift

handmade or customized gifts

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Feeling crafty? Nothing’s more appreciated than a little time and creativity. You can even celebrate your friendship with a framed photo or some customized jewelry, as recommended by Women’s Health. 

5) The universally-loved gift

Universally-loved gifts

Photo credit: © FXR

Wine and spirits. Chocolate. Movies. There are some things that nearly everyone loves. While the type you get depends on personal preference, our gift guide shows that both spirits and great reads were among the top gift trends this year.

Happy Gifting!

Cookies, candy, and cake with Chrysa Duran

Guest Curator Chrysa DuranI’m Chrysa, and I’m the founder and owner of, a site dedicated to living a fabulous life on a frugal budget.  I believe that by spending less on the boring everyday stuff, you can have more money to splurge on the things you REALLY want, whether it’s travel, fashion, electronics — you name it!

When I think of living thrifty, Next Issue automatically comes to mind. You just can’t beat unlimited access to hundreds of magazines (plus back issues) for such a low price.

When I’m at home, some of my favorite things include my two lovable cats, my German Shepherd, doting on my 5-year old nephew, and yes, baking. Hope you enjoy these eight different takes on holiday treats from the December issues of some of my favorite magazines.

Happy Holidays!


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Holiday Cookie Fun

3 Doughs 17 Delicious Cookies

Good Housekeeping December 2014

Talk about versatile! By using just three basics doughs you can create 17 different types of holiday cookies.

I’ll Be Home for Cookies and Candy

Southern Living December 2014

These made-from-scratch treats are worthy of gift-giving, but would also make a beautiful cookie tray at your holiday get-together.

These Cookies Take the Cake

Every Day with Rachael Ray December 2014

I always like to have more than one dessert after dinner. These cookies take all the taste of a full size dessert and squeeze them into a cookie – so we can have several!

Cookie Countdown

Food Network Magazine December 2014

This extensive collection of cookie recipes has classic favorites like Candy Cane Cookies and Pignoli Cookies and some new ideas like Pink Grapefruit Shortbread and Pomegranate Spritz Cookies.

And Even More Sweet Treats

Sweetness and Light

Midwest Living November / December 2014

Scandinavian traditions inspire this collection of classic cookies including Lingonberry Hearts, Tosca Diamonds, and Cardamom-Rye Cookies.

Welcome to Candyland

All Recipes December 2014

It isn't only about the cookies. These delicious sweets like English Toffee and Peppermint Bark will help round out your holiday goodie trays.

Delicious Dozen

Family Circle December 2014

This collection of favorite cookies was compiled by asking Family Circle Facebook fans to share their best-loved Christmas cookies. It includes the winners from Family Circle archives plus a modern take on each.

Gifts so Sweet

Vegetarian Times December 2014

Take classic cookie favorites and add new inventive twists like spices, nuts, coconut and cocoa nibs to make them a memorable gift.

The Best of WeekendReads 2014

Best of Weekend Reads 2014

48 editions of WeekendReads. 

913 hand-selected stories.

24 of our favorites. 


And the best part? Thanks to back issues, all of these amazing stories (sorted by magazine title A-Z) are still available in your Next Issue app.

For more year-end goodness, vote for your favorite cover stories, then stay tuned for the results later this month.

Happy Reading!


The Complete Guide to Fire

Backpacker October 2014

Learn how to harness the strength of fire to cook, survive, and connect to a primal force as old as time itself. Includes 43 things you can do with a fire, how to tell a good campfire story, why you should never pee on a fire, and more.

Invisible Lines

Bike May 2014

A former Hong Kong resident returns to the world's most vertical city to rediscover the singletrack treasures behind the concrete and skyscrapers. A beautiful juxtaposition of the city life and lush trail ride photography.

Inside the Mind of Bobby Flay

Bon Appétit March 2014

Bobby Flay schools us on all the little things, from the power of lemon zest to why a smoking-hot skillet is a cook's best friend. Seventeen solid rules to cook by.

Scale Model

Details September 2014

Punch up your wardrobe with a suit in a bold check or windowpane plaid. It'll make you look larger than life, though not quite as large as the models in Christopher Griffith's awesome photographs.


While the World Watched

ESPN The Magazine June 23, 2014

At the same time Argentina played host to the 1978 World Cup, the nation’s dictators were waging their “dirty war” of repression, kidnappings, and torture. As the tournament began this year, ghastly memories came flooding back.

The Afterlife

Esquire August 2014

After a great fall, what do we remember about Lance Armstrong? The cheating. The lies. The cult of personality that we eagerly embraced, then felt betrayed by. But what's to become of the man who fell?


Flare February 2014

Journalist Jane Bucher had always been intrigued by the art of seduction. Now, as a blogger for a high-end escort agency, she uses her words to attract new clients—and finds that what men want is exactly what you might think.

50 Bacon Appetizers

Food Network Magazine March 2014

Whether they'll admit it or not, everybody loves bacon. Thus was born Food Network Magazine's ultimate bacon issue, beginning with 50 bacon starters.


This Pope Means Business

Fortune September 1, 2014

The wildly popular Francis is more than a pontiff of the people. He's an elite manager who's reforming the Vatican's troubled finances. In a 26-page feature, we got all the details on the Vatican's assets and the Pope's leadership style.

The Strange & Curious Tale of the Last True Hermit

GQ September 2014

For nearly 30 years, a phantom haunted the woods of central Maine. He lived in secret, creeping into homes and surviving on what he could steal. Spooked locals wondered how he could possibly be real, until one day last year, when the hermit finally came out of the forest.

Gone Girls

Marie Claire August 2014

The kidnapping of nearly 300 schoolgirls in northeastern Nigeria brought to light the plight of the people living in the shadows of the Boko Haram terrorist group. Marie Claire traveled to Chibok to see how the mothers of the missing were coping in the midst of crisis.

The Man Who Feels No Pain

Men's Health September 2014

Born with a genetic mutation, Steve Pete and his brother Chris lacked the capacity to feel physical pain. Their fights were the stuff of legend. They feared nothing, but that didn't stop them from suffering. Could these brothers be the key to unlocking a new generation of pain blockers?


Train Your Investing Brain

MoneySense April 2014

Humans have the most complex and sophisticated minds in the animal kingdom, but when it comes to money our lizard brains take over. Here, tips for controlling the enemy within to become a successful investor.

Kara Swisher's Source Code

New York Magazine July 14, 2014

The tech industry's most feared journalist is also its most well-liked. New York Magazine investigated how exactly that works.

O’s Guide to the Little Changes That Will Change Your Life

O, The Oprah Magazine September 2014

When it comes to physical health, a healthy spirit is the place to start. Oprah’s tips on changes of scenery, get-togethers with friends, and workouts that take you from overwhelmed to empowered.

A Boy and His Drone

Outside Magazine March 2014

Camera-equipped flying robots have quickly become a staple of the adventure world, filming first ascents and nailing poachers. But that's just the beginning. As this writer found out during a cross-country test drive, affordable consumer drones will revolutionize how we experience the outdoors.


How to Build the World's Fastest Car in 12 Torturous Steps

Popular Mechanics March 2014

1. Break the sound barrier. 5. Build it like a fighter jet. 6. Get indestructible wheels. 7. Put a rocket on it. 9. Figure out how to get from 1050 to 0 mph. The Bloodhound SSC is part car, part airplane, part spaceship, and it aims to make history.

The AIDS Cure

Popular Science April 2014

Can scientists end the epidemic? For decades they've struggled just to control HIV, but now they're testing ways to wipe it out completely. Read about the clinical trials inspired by the first patient officially cured of AIDS in 2009.

The Dookie Chronicles

Rolling Stone March 13, 2014

20 years later, Green Day looked back at the album that took pop punk from the gutter straight to MTV.

The Hunt For El Chapo

The New Yorker May 5, 2014

After Osama Bin Laden, Joaquín Guzmán was the most wanted fugitive on the planet. Here's how the most notorious drug lord in the world was finally captured.


My Daughter Has Down Syndrome, and I Wouldn't Change a Thing

Today's Parent August 2014

When her newborn was given a terrifying diagnosis, Tara McCallan initially grieved all of the hopes and dreams she had for her daughter. Now, more than a year later, she can't imagine life any other way. Watch the tear-jerking, inspiring video too.

T+L's Guide to Drinking Around the World

Travel + Leisure December 2014

Travel globally, sip locally: Whether in a bar or pub, enoteca or izakaya, sometimes all you need is a refreshing drink and a spirited crowd to get an inside view of a place's culture. Expert picks for where, how, and what to imbibe now.

Seduced and Abandoned

Vanity Fair March 2014

The 14-year marriage of Rupert Murdoch and Wendi Deng ended abruptly after the News Corp mogul came to believe his third wife had been romantically involved with a former head of state and a prominent Silicon Valley executive. Mark Seal tackled the question being debated: Who blindsided whom?

Hunting the Ghost

WIRED January 2014

She's a genius at finding people trying to stay lost. But she had never gone after anyone like Ryan Eugene Mullen. Meet Michelle Gomez, one of the best skip tracers in the world.

Gifts for the most stylish on your list (from 2014′s top 5 brands)


Top Holiday Brands from Next Issue magazines

Photo credit: Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week New York
Behind the Scenes with Aveda™ – Steven Alan

We searched through all 145 Next Issue magazines to create The Best Gifts of 2014. Hopefully it’s made your holiday shopping a breeze!

For the brand loyalists out there, we’re diving even deeper. Out of 2,220 products, these gifts are perfect for the best dressed, most well groomed ladies and gents on your gift list, and they’re all from the top five most recommended brands of the year.

#1: MARC JACOBS (Recommended 16 times in Allure, Health, Vanity Fair, and more) 


  • For him: Marc Jacobs’ and Urbanears’ Humlan headphones, the world’s first headphones with washable parts. ($60)

#2: KATE SPADE (Recommended 13 times in Southern Living, Parents, Cosmopolitan, and more)


#3: CHANEL (Recommended 12 times in Town & Country, Vogue, ELLE, and more)

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  • For him: Bleu de Chanel bath soap for men, a woody, aromatic fragrance with notes of crisp citrus and warm cedar. ($50)
  • For her: Nail Colour in “Phenix”, a classic and trend-defining shade that strengthens and moisturizes nails as it delivers high-shine. ($27 at

#4: TORY BURCH (Recommended 12 times in RedbookO, The Oprah MagazineFamily Circle, and more)


  • For her: Tory Burch for Fitbit gold fitness tracker bracelet, so you can transform your Fitbit Flex® tracker into a super chic accessory. ($195)

#5: MICHAEL KORS (Recommended 12 times in GlamourHarper’s BAZAARMarie Claire, and more) 

  • For him: Hangar silver-tone stainless steel watch, an expertly crafted piece for the jet setting man. ($225 at
  • For her: Metallic silver sneakers, giving the basic lace-up a run for its money. ($125 at

Browse the full gift guide for more ideas for men, women, kids, health nuts, hosts, and even your quirkiest friends. And don’t forget, Next Issue makes a perfect gift for anyone on your list.

Happy Gifting!

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