#WeekendReads | Firsthand in Ferguson: Images & Video | Think It’s Cool to “Unschool?” | From the Runway to Your Wardrobe | Young Millionaires & the Money-Savvy Pope


Weight-Watchers

This week we welcome Weight Watchers Magazine, adding nutritional know-how, the latest weight-loss research, and a dose of inspiration to the Next Issue catalog. Tap (+) in the app to add it to your library, then check out our other picks on healthy, happy living.

As the world prepares to kick off Fashion Month, we’ve compiled the best fall fashion features from the largest issues of the year—some weighing in at over 4 lbs. on newsstands, but all together inside your digital library.

Then, take your golf game from bogeys to birdies…or just keep your eyes glued to the FedExCup Playoffs. All this talk of The Barclays has us thinking about the world’s top 100 courses, Scotland’s rich golf history, and even answering “nature’s call” on the course.

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Next Issue Picks

Trial by Twitter

ELLE September 2014

Deep in the digital diaries of three lovely girls, a fatal disconnect occurred. What their followers had not seen between the lines was the vanishing of morality, reality, and then, Skylar Neese.

Fall Movie Preview

Entertainment Weekly August 22, 2014

Autumn is the perfect time for Hollywood's stars to lace up their boots and explore. Liam Neeson takes "A Walk Among the Tombstones." Meryl Streep heads "Into the Woods." But first, David Fincher details the strange trip of "Gone Girl." Here's your guide to this season's big-screen adventures.

We Don't Need No Education

Outside September 2014

At least not of the traditional, compulsory, watch-the-clock-until-the-bell-rings kind. As a growing movement of unschoolers believe, a steady diet of standardized testing and indoor inactivity is choking the creativity right out of our kids.

The Tragedy of Ferguson

TIME September 1, 2014

TIME's analysis of the shooting death of Michael Brown and the violence that has followed reveals how the tragedy has only made the town's problems worse. Includes bonus footage from the protests.

Falling For Fashion

The Most Stylish Designers of All Time

GQ September 2014

Sure, the clothes they create are iconic, but what about the stuff they actually wear? This ironclad list of the best-dressed men in menswear reveals how they stack up—and what you can learn from them.

Fashion Report: The Guide to Fall 2014

LOULOU September 2014

From normcore and cuff chokers to mod mania and XXL prints, here are the top trends and must-have buys, from the catwalks to the sidewalks.

Fall Classics, Only Better

Men's Journal September 2014

You have the basics: a good pair of jeans, some oxford shirts, a dark business suit. Now it's time to build out your collection with durable new textures and trimmer cuts. Here are the key upgrades for you fall wardrobe.

Phresh Out the Runway

W Magazine September 2014

Balmain's Olivier Rousteing is bringing diversity, youth, and flagrant modernity to the storied French fashion house. Who better to model his vision than three generations of beautiful women: Iman, Naomi Campbell, and Rihanna.

Par for the Course

Taking Relief

Golf Digest September 2014

From country clubs to the Pro Tour, when you gotta go, you gotta go. With that in mind, Golf Digest embarked on this piece of investigative urinalism to find out how golfers cope with nature's call.

Top 100 Courses You Can Play

Golf Magazine September 2014

In a photo finish, Pacific Dunes edges Pebble Beach for the top spot, while three Florida courses crash the top 20. These courses are gorgeous, challenging, and all yours!

Tiger Two?

Bloomberg Businessweek August 25, 2014

The PGA would love for Harold Varner III to be its next big star. He isn't a Woods-level prodigy, but his youth and easygoing personality give him the potential to become a golf celebrity and attract a younger demographic.

Slice of Scotland

Traditional Home September 2014

St. Andrews is the birthplace of golf. If you're going to enjoy some of the most renowned courses in the world, don't miss out on the medieval Scottish town's fresh seafood, smooth whiskey, dazzling seaside, and storybook past while you're at it.

A Healthy, Happy You

Power Shift

Yoga Journal September 2014

Channel more confidence, creativity, and joy into your life with our beginner's guide to chakras, the energy vortexes in your body that ancient yogis believed you can unblock to feel lighter, clearer, and more refreshed.

Find Your Happy Place

Fitness September 2014

Put bliss on your list. No matter how crazy-busy life gets, you have the power to relax. Here, new research-proven ways to take control of your life so you can keep calm and carry on.

Friends With Benefits

Weight Watchers September / October 2014

Your social circle is good for more than quality catch-up time. Your pals can help you drop pounds, and keep 'em off. Here, how the workout buddy, the co-worker, the neighborhood pal, the virtual friend, and the BFF make weight loss easier.

7-Day Detox Made Simple

SELF September 2014

To drop two pounds this week, ease up on your workout, take meat off the menu, and find inner calm. This seven-day clean-eating, reenergizing plan includes video demos of the exercise moves and menus.

Luminary Leaders

20 Women Changing the World

Marie Claire September 2014

In honor of their 20th anniversary, Marie Claire celebrates 20 movers, shakers, mavericks, and badasses who are boldly, bravely, audaciously blazing new paths for women and girls.

Young and Restless

Entrepreneur Magazine September 2014

These young millionaires have found dizzying success before the age of 30. They may be inexperienced, but they're fearless when it comes to tackling long-stagnant business models with fresh new approaches.

Pretty Smart

Fast Company September 2014

Giving competitors like Michael Kors a run for their money, Tory Burch has built a $3 billion dollar brand in just a decade by designing stylish, feminine clothing that women can actually wear.

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. This 26-page story details the Vatican's assets and the Pope's financial leadership style.

New Issues

Bon Appétit

September 2014

Condé Nast Traveler

September 2014

Field & Stream

September 2014

Next Issue Welcomes Weight Watchers Magazine


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Today, we’re excited to welcome Weight Watchers Magazine to the Next Issue family, bringing our total count to 143 of the most popular titles.

For over 45 years, Weight Watchers has brought us the latest research on weight loss, new ideas for living our best lives, and a healthy dose of inspiration from our fellow readers.

Regardless of where you are on your personal fitness journey, look no further for everything from candid advice, to tips on what to wear, to the recipe you’ll make this evening.

Just tap (+) in the Next Issue app to add Weight Watchers to your library.

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8 Back-To-School Essentials That Earn An A+


Whether your summer flew by way too fast (students, we know the feeling), or you can’t wait for the kids to be out of the house (we’re looking at you, parents), back-to-school season is unavoidably here. It’s a time to craft brand new academic goals, a time to redefine your style, a time to reconnect with familiar faces, and a time to make new friends.

Next Issue is filled with inspiring ideas to kick the year off right. We’ve put together a few of the top back-to-school basics for grade A parents and kids of all ages. To explore these items and more in the Next Issue app, just tap (+) to add each title to your library.

Back To School for Students

1. Pack for success: The latest and greatest backpacks and lunch boxes, perfect for carrying homework, textbooks, and delicious snacks from A to B every day. Find these and more in the September 2014 issue of Parents, “Pack It Up, Pack It In.”

2. Rule the playground: What little kid doesn’t love bold colors, cute cartoons, and crazy prints? These essential rain boots, cool kicks, and containers, all from the comprehensive “Back-To-School Gear Guide” in Today’s Parent, September 2014, are sure to make a statement all the way from the cafeteria line to the swing set and beyond.

3. Take charge of technology: We’re tempted to try out the impressive Asus Transformer Book. It’s a convertible tablet, so it’s lightweight and easy to carry to class, and just as effective when it comes to typing that research paper. Best of all? It’s just one of 20+ back-to-school bests of tech in the August 2014 issue of PC Magazine.

4. Transform your look: If you’re a fan of all things preppy, the Lacoste L!ve letterman jacket just might be your ideal outerwear. See where to get it, and other fashion collections from edgy to feminine to refined in the August 2014 issue of Teen Vogue’s “Back To School Style Spree.”

Back To School for Parents

1. Help them rise & shine: Straight from other parents in the special “It Worked For Me!” feature of Parents, September 2014. The Pop Clocky alarm is ideal for deep sleepers. The head actually pops off and starts bouncing around until it’s placed back on its stand!

2. Keep them organized: FamilyFun, September 2014 is packed with “25 Genius Ideas For A Super School Year.” Our favorite? A mobile supply station, allowing little ones to take control of where they want to work, and keeping all their supplies close at hand.

3. Keep yourself organized: Another winner from Parents, September 2014. These special Post-It-Notes are designed to be recognized by the Evernote app. Just snap a pic of any note, and the app will know just where to save it.

4. Pack the most-envied lunches in the cafeteria: With the September 2014 issue of Today’s Parent, not only were we getting inspired by endless creative lunch options, we were getting a little hungry ourselves. Learn to make easy wraps, baked treats, and hot meals to last throughout the week. Oh, and don’t miss out on the interactive Bento box page. We designed the car-shaped bento meal in the photo ourselves!

Best of luck in the school year to come! To see all your back-to-school essentials in one place, just open up the Next Issue app.

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#WeekendReads | Robin Williams Remembered | Snowden Spills New Secrets | Healthy Reads From a Plant-Based Dietitian

Julieanna Hever

This week, we remember Robin Williams, “the funniest man in the world,” with heartfelt tributes in TIME, People, HELLO! Canada, and a special issue from Maclean’s.

Also this week, Wired has the first in-depth interview with Edward Snowden. He may be in hiding, but he’s got even more top secret revelations up his sleeve.

Finally, explore the latest celebrity gossip, amazing comeback stories, beautiful architecture, and health-minded recommendations from registered dietitian, talk show host, and best-selling author, Julieanna Hever.

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Next Issue Picks

The Most Wanted Man in the World

Wired September 2014

The untold story of Edward Snowden. Three solid days of hard-won interview time resulted in this revealing story about a uniquely postmodern whistle-blower. And, is it true that another leaker spilled secrets under Snowden's name?

How to Make: A Boat

Popular Mechanics September 2014

As part of their special "Do-It-Yourself" issue, Popular Mechanics visits an after-school program in the Bronx. There, students build wooden boats by hand—and end up learning a whole lot more.

Robin Williams (1951-2014)

Maclean's Robin Williams Special Issue

TV alien, serious actor, comedy superstar. He brought joy and light to every generation, but struggled with a deep inner darkness. In this special issue, Maclean's remembers a bright talent who could make everybody happy but himself.

The Wow Stuff

Bicycling September 2014

50 components, gizmos, do-dads, eats, miscellanea, and wearables that will bring more fitness, style, safety, miles, smiles, and satisfaction to your cycling life.

Reader Picks | Julieanna Hever

The High-Intensity Cardio Debate

Men's Fitness July / August 2014

Shh...I like to sneak into the men's magazines every once in a while. High-intensity interval training (HIIT) has been a hit (pardon the pun) for a while now, and this article does a great job breaking down the benefits.

America's Best & Worst Fast Food

Consumer Reports August 2014

I always stay on top of fast food news to see what my clients are up against. It was fascinating (and scary) to see how fast food restaurants lure in customers, aiming for a chunk of the $680 billion Americans spend dining out.

Vanity Fare

Fitness July / August 2014

Fun options for using phytochemical-rich whole plant foods, such as avocados and berries, as beauty boosters to support and protect skin, helping to fight aging. Nature's pharmacy is the best!

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. I love Oprah’s tips on changes of scenery, get-togethers with friends, and workouts that take you from overwhelmed to empowered.

Designing Your Dream Home

My Own Private Idaho

Dwell September 2014

A 196-square-foot house on wheels born of architectural know-how, an enterprising spirit, and just over $11,000. See the beautiful digs and learn how you can make it yours.

The Ultimate New Old House

Country Living September 2014

In the 2014 Country Living House of the Year, the magazine's design team brings old-fashioned favorites like farmhouse architecture and pretty patterns back into fashion with fresh twists on classic style.

Global Warming

Better Homes and Gardens September 2014

Designer Bridgid Coulter shows you how to get the popular (and personal) world-traveler look, starting with your sofa. Includes video with tips for creating a global, eclectic look. How's that for armchair travel?

Mountain Magic

Southern Living August 2014

Award-winning architect Norman D. Askins and his wife invite us into their labor of love in Highlands, North Carolina—a cottage they transformed from a dark and dated house into a charming light-filled retreat.

Star-Studded Selections

The 2014 International Best-Dressed List

Vanity Fair September 2014

In this celeb-filled special Style Issue, Vanity Fair shares their top fashion acts of the year. See the stylish Lupita Nyong'o, Idris Elba, Neil Patrick Harris, and more.

The End of the Crüe

Rolling Stone August 28, 2014

Go inside the tour bus with Nikki Sixx, as he and the Crüe prepare for their final tour ever. One of the last classic bands still touring with their original line-up, the Crüe's new show is over-the-top, even by their standards.

Julia Roberts: Practical Magic

InStyle September 2014

InStyle's landmark 20th-anniversary cover demanded a worthy subject. So, naturally, they turned to the ever-captivating Oscar winner. Julia opens up about keeping a marriage strong, remembering her dad, and being a '50s housewife at heart.

Will She Leave Him?

Us Weekly August 25, 2014

Crazy in love, maybe. But certainly not crazy. As cheating rumors intensify, Beyoncé seems to be making plans to end her marriage to Jay Z.

Comebacks That Count

Out Alive: Lost and Blind!

Backpacker September 2014

After an hour and a half of touching every rock, stick, and stem in the area, David Snider sat down in disbelief. His glasses were gone...and he was all but blind.

Back From the Brink

Woman's Day September 2014

Jenese Henry's escalating reliance on pain medication turned her into someone her loved ones didn't recognize. Here, she and her family share her hard-won happy ending.

The Comeback Kid

Runner's World September 2014

He was a child prodigy, winning ultra races at 12 years old. Then he was a lost burnout who didn't run a step for two years. Join James Bonnett on his road to redemption.

Torn Apart

Chatelaine September 2014

"When I found out my marriage was over, I thought my life was over too. Turns out it was the best thing that ever happened to me."

New Issues

Harper's Bazaar

September 2014

New York Magazine

August 11, 2014

Popular Science

September 2014

Snowden’s Tipping Point: What Led Me to Release the Largest Cache of Secrets in U.S. History

Edward-Snowden-Wired

Despite hiding out for over a year in Moscow, location still unpinned by the CIA, Edward Snowden is dominating the newswires with brand new revelations.

In his first long-form interview with WIRED magazine, Snowden appears hugging the American flag (the very same flag that was used for Pamela Anderson’s cover of George magazine), proclaiming that he wishes nothing to detract from the movement he seeks to inspire.

Tap (+) in the Next Issue app to add WIRED to your library, and read the full story now—an interview that took journalist James Bamford nearly a year to arrange.

Here, the key events that transformed Edward Snowden from a young computer mastermind wishing to “do his part” for his country, to what some deem the dictionary definition of “traitor.” Be sure to scroll to the bottom for Snowden’s two newest disclosures, what he describes as his “final straw” before blowing the whistle.

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Snowden had always been passionate about serving his country, coming from a family in which everyone worked for the federal government, and volunteering for the Army special forces at the height of the war in Iraq.

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Snowden climbed the technology specialist ranks in the CIA, where he learned of moral shortcomings in field agents, mass surveillance programs, transmission of raw private data to Israel, and plans to blaspheme anti-government politicians.

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Snowden witnessed examples of torture, wiretapping, and targeted drone killings in Iraq. He first considered whistle-blowing, but hoped the new President would turn things around. When Obama entered the White House, Snowden became even more certain of what he had to do.

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Two NSA secrets tipped Snowden over the edge, released for the first time in the WIRED interview.

1) The U.S. government single-handedly caused an Internet outage in Syria while planting an exploit to monitor emails and Internet traffic, and never told a soul.

2) The NSA was working on a secret program titled MonsterMind, designed to block malware and automatically fire back at the perpetrating countries, without any human involvement.

Snowden decided to make the fateful flight to Hong Kong on May 20, 2013, secret-filled thumb drives stashed in his pockets. Read the full interview in Next Issue for more from the most wanted man in the world.

Is Tom Petty the Most Resilient Rock Legend of All Time?

 

Tom-Petty

At the ripe age of 63, Tom Petty has no intention of backing down. In fact, after almost 40 years in the business, he and The Heartbreakers just hit #1 on the Billboard 200 for the first time  

And the surprises keep coming.

In the August 2014 issue of Men’s Journal, Petty reflects on a childhood wrought with abuse, his reluctance to become a frontman, and life as a self-proclaimed “cranky hippie.”

In the August 14, 2014 issue of Rolling Stone, we learn even more about Petty’s stubborn resilience (I mean, really, pulling a switchblade during a record-label meeting?).

What’s most remarkable—at an age when Petty could easily bask in his already-outstanding achievements (16 studio albums, 6 of which went platinum), he’s taking to the tour circuit once again. As a concert junkie, I knew I had to see him live. Enjoy firsthand footage of Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers at Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival in San Francisco.

For the full Tom Petty interviews, open up the Next Issue app and tap (+) to add Men’s Journal and Rolling Stone to your library.

#WeekendReads | Pain Pill Death Toll Hits 46 Per Day | Happy 60th Birthday, Sports Illustrated! | Career Lessons From Hillary Herself

Guest Curator Donna Smallin Kuper

Think you could make your home in a 40-foot RV? This week’s guest curator, organizational expert Donna Smallin Kuper, does it in style. Use her picks to transform your space from disarray to clutter-free comfort.

Afterwards, join us in celebrating six decades of Sports Illustrated stars, highlights, and iconic coverage. And we’re not done yet. Our other picks really take things up a notch, both at work and in the kitchen.

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Next Issue Picks

60th Anniversary: There and Back

Sports Illustrated August 11, 2014

The sports landscape has changed immensely in six decades, but, in many ways, the game remains the same. To celebrate 60 years, here are 66 pages of coverage highlights, in chronological order. And don't miss the cover, a mosaic reproduction of the original.

The Transgender Crucible

Rolling Stone August 14, 2014

As a homeless trans teen, CeCe McDonald suffered a lifetime of hardships. But when she was charged with murder for simply defending herself, she became a folk hero.

Steel Magnolia

National Geographic Traveler August / September 2014

Out of the South's civil rights struggle, Birmingham blossoms anew. Complete with a guide on where to eat, where to stay, what to see, and what to read when you visit.

Deadly Pain Pills

Consumer Reports September 2014

Use of opioids such as OxyContin, Percocet, and Vicodin has skyrocketed in recent years. With increased use has come increased deaths. Every day, 46 people in the U.S. die from legal pain pills. Here's how to avoid being a statistic.

Reader Picks | Donna Smallin Kuper

550 Square Feet

House Beautiful July / August 2014

As part of House Beautiful's "Living large in a small space" feature, the tips for decorating a 550 square foot home reminded me of my RV life. It can totally be done!

Save at the Supermarket Without Coupons

ShopSmart August / September 2014

Well I sure learned something new! Can't wait to try these savings tips (and even apps that pay you back) the next time I visit the store.

Spent

Real Simple August 2014

I found this woman's true story fascinating, and inspiring to anyone trying to overcome an addiction. Also be sure to read my detergent advice in the Real Simple cover story, "Take Control of the Laundry!"

Bad Little Habits That Cost Big Bucks

HGTV Magazine September 2014

Do you unplug your cable box? I was surprised by just how much money these simple changes can save around the house.

Workin' It

Hillary Off the High Wire

Glamour September 2014

She's been leaning in for four decades. Now, Hillary Rodham Clinton is offering "hard-earned" career lessons she says all young women should know. Also read the 17th annual "Salary Survey" to see if you're being paid your fair share.

Do You Have What It Takes?

Entrepreneur August 2014

Do the following traits, characteristics, and quirks describe you? Well then, you might be an entrepreneur (at heart, if not yet in practice).

Solutions for America: Cracking the Girl Code

TIME August 11, 2014

Tech giants need to close their gender gap. The nation needs to fill critical jobs in computer science. The solution? Summer coding camps, just for girls.

The Stress-Free Guide to Retiring Rich

MoneySense Summer 2014

Achieve the care-free retirement you've always dreamed of. Here, the 10 most common retirement fears and what you can do to prevent them from harming your golden years.

Summer's Last Supper

Kebabs for All

Food Network Magazine September 2014

Close out grilling season with a kebab cookout. Choose from chicken, beef, pork, and more. Try lamb and artichokes with Greek yogurt dip or rosemary pork with fennel and figs.

Summer Casual

Bon Appétit August 2014

Even we admit: There are much better things to do this month than hang out in the kitchen. So we asked Chef Carlo Mirarchi, from our favorite Brooklyn restaurant, how to max out the flavor with pretty minimal effort.

Preserving Summer

Allrecipes August / September 2014

Pickling, preserving, and canning have been making a comeback for a reason. They're great ways to extend the shelf life of summer produce. To get you started, here's a roundup of surefire recipes and bushels of canning know-how.

2 Sides to Every Peach

Cooking Light August 2014

Explore both sweet and savory recipes—and make the most of summer's fleeting, fragrant fruit. Includes five bonus tablet recipes.

New Issues

Bicycling

September 2014

Dwell

September 2014

Sportsnet

August 18, 2014

Picks From Donna Smallin Kuper, Full-Time RVer & Organizational Expert

Guest Curator Donna Smallin Kuper

Just last year, I made the decision to downsize…a lot. We’re talking the transition from a 3,500-square-foot home to a 40-foot motorhome overnight. At about the same time, I realized I could only maintain my standards of organization if I went totally paperless.

That’s where Next Issue came in. I’m an avid reader, and often contribute cleaning and decluttering tips to some of my favorite magazines (don’t miss my advice on laundry detergent in the August 2014 issue of Real Simple, “Taking Control of the Laundry!”). I’m so happy to always have the latest issues always downloaded to my tablet—perfect for life on the open road.

I hope you enjoy my picks on living large in a small space and saving those extra bucks around the house, along with picks on my other favorite hobby, whipping up new recipes whenever I get the chance.

For more tips on a decluttered life, connect with me:

Uncluttered Living

550 Square Feet

House Beautiful July / August 2014

As part of House Beautiful's "Living large in a small space" feature, the tips for decorating a 550 square foot home reminded me of my RV life. It can totally be done!

Save at the Supermarket Without Coupons

ShopSmart August / September 2014

Well I sure learned something new! Can't wait to try these savings tips (and even apps that pay you back) the next time I visit the store.

Spent

Real Simple August 2014

I found this woman's true story fascinating, and inspiring to anyone trying to overcome an addiction. Also be sure to read my detergent advice in the Real Simple cover story, "Take Control of the Laundry!"

Bad Little Habits That Cost Big Bucks

HGTV Magazine September 2014

Do you unplug your cable box? I was surprised by just how much money these simple changes can save around the house.

My Must-Try Summer Eats

Easy as Pie

Good Housekeeping August 2014

Perfect timing - I just picked a bunch of wild blackberries! We'll enjoy one of these can't-resist desserts tonight, thanks to these simple recipes, tips, and cooking shortcuts.

No Cook Summer Soups

Food & Wine August 2014

Tangy Cucumber soup. Mmm, one of my favorites. I serve it in shot glasses as an appetizer at parties. This soup, and the Golden Gazpacho with Avocado, can be made ahead and refrigerated overnight.

Sunday Strategist

Cooking Light August 2014

Let's see...what shall we have for dinner this week? I love planning meals, and each of these is designed to be ready and on the table in 45 minutes or less.

Bok Choy

Better Homes & Gardens August 2014

My husband's favorite vegetable and I'm finding it at farmers' markets everywhere. Here, a review of the health benefits and beyond-stir-fry ideas to try this leafy green.

When Pain & Fear Aren’t Necessary, We Seek Them Anyway


It Hurts So Good - Men's Health

This week, we’re highlighting one of those great equalizers in the human experience: pain. 

Open up the September 2014 issue of Men’s Health in the Next Issue app, and explore the biology behind why we feel pain, the full report on a deadly (and painful) virus, and an interview with a man who’s never known what pain actually feels like.

But what about another type of pain—the pain we inflict on ourselves? Risking our lives for survival is no longer necessary, so a striking number of people will venture straight up to the edge of intolerability, all for one moment of post-fear euphoria.

Here, seven Men’s Health examples of the phenomenon known as “benign masochism,” from least to most extreme.

1. The box-office success of Saw (and six sequels) proves that sometimes, all audiences need is an all out gore-fest to satisfy our masochistic tendencies. 

2. Thrill rides continue to compete for the titles of tallest, longest, and fastest. The fastest roller coaster today? 149 mph. 

3. About 23% of Americans have at least one tattoo. Just for some perspective, getting inked only ranks 4th out of 20 painful experiences on Johns Hopkins University’s “wheel of misery.” 

The Great Wheel of Misery - Men's Health

4. Fear Factor is now in its seventh season, with no shortage of Americans lining up to face their biggest fears head on. Warning: Wait until well after lunchtime to watch this “rat bobbing” challenge. 

5. More than 1.3 million people have actually paid to endure the Tough Mudder, willfully submitting to obstacles like “Electroshock Therapy.”

6. Ted Barrus, affectionately known as the “Fire Breathing Idiot,” attempts to eat the Guinness Book of World Record’s hottest chili…and vomits in a Twilight puke bucket.  (Will he overcome 7 other contestants at the NYC Hot Sauce Expo? Men’s Health has the results). 

7. The men of Jackass give “benign masochism” an entirely new meaning. (Can we even count their antics as benign?) As Steve-O explains, “I’m the guy who says, ‘I know the world is terrible. But watch me throw myself off a roof!’”

Whew! Check out Men’s Health for more on Ted Barrus, Steve-O, and other “kings of pain.” Not a subscriber yet? Sign up for your 30 day FREE trial.

Before You Watch Boyhood, A Film 12 Years In The Making


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Can you imagine regathering the same cast year after year for over a decade? Each year, shooting just one new chapter of the same story?

That’s just what Richard Linklater (director of Dazed And Confused and School of Rock) did for his 18th film, the film he’s designated as his masterpiece. In case you missed it, Rolling Stone‘s July 31 issue has the lowdown on Boyhood, the film that draws heavily on Linklater’s own upbringing to depict “adults sort of bumbling through parenting” and, of course, the experience of growing up in America.

Before you head out to see Boyhood (in theaters now)…

1. Open up the app, tap (+) to add Rolling Stone to your library, and read “About a Boyhood” for a glimpse at the man behind the movie.

2. Watch the official trailer. Seeing actor Ellar Coltrane transform from a boisterous boy of 6 to an 18-year-old heading off to college, all in the span of 165 minutes is, admittedly, fascinating.

3. Listen to the full soundtrack, complete with songs from each year in the film’s 12-year time span.

 

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