Did Serena Williams just upstage Beyoncé’s “7/11″ video?

The Vogue April cover star debuts some power shots and some very “Bey-worthy” dance moves.

And then there’s the interview itself. Fresh off her nineteenth (that’s right, nineteenth) Grand Slam, Serena talked to Vogue about fitness, forgiveness, and being BFFs with one of her biggest tennis rivals—Caroline Wozniacki.

To hear them describe it, one week Williams and Wozniacki can be matched head to head in a bruising three-set match where Serena destroys a racket in a fit of rage, and the next week they can be giggling together like high school girls.

In a world where female tennis rivals rarely show their warm and fuzzy side off the court, how do Williams and Wozniacki switch from biggest foes to best friends so gracefully?

According to Serena, the skill comes from 30+ years of playing against her sister Venus. “I don’t look at Venus on the court. I can’t. If I am winning, I might feel sorry for her. If I’m losing, I will want to knock her out.”

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For more from the woman who’s spent sixteen years winning majors—a longevity unheard of in tennis—check out her interview in the April issue of Vogue.

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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?

The 50 Best Places to Live Now

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hello Spring

Chatelaine

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

New Issues

Essence

Field & Stream

Food & Wine

People

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

New Issues

Men's Health

Redbook

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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Popular Science

Town & Country

Reader Picks: The ‘Footloose American’ & the quest for immersive journalism


Guest-Curator-Brian-KevinHi, I’m Brian, and I’m a Next Issue convert. I’ve been writing for magazines for 12 years and reading them a lot longer. I was a freelancer for the better part of a decade, contributed to publications like Audubon, Outside, Sierra, Men’s Journal, and Travel + Leisure. These days I’m an editor and staff writer at Down East: The Magazine of Maine, not far from the coastal village where I live here in the Pine Tree State.

Flipping through my Next Issue app most evenings is a weird, paradoxical time for me, insofar as it’s both cherished downtime and an essential part of my professional development. Opening the app gives me the same little thrill I get wandering through a really excellent newsstand—so many possibilities, so many good stories, and such a broad range of topics.

That broadness is a big part of what attracts me to magazine writing. I often write somewhere at the intersection of environmental policy, travel, and the outdoors, and I’m a big cheerleader for national parks and public lands. I’m also interested in Latin America, where I traveled pretty extensively recently while researching my book The Footloose American: Following the Hunter S. Thompson Trail Across South America.

We live in a golden age of magazine feature writing, and I hope you enjoy seeing my interests reflected in the picks below. Happy Reading!

Me on the Web:

briankevin.com

thefootlooseamerican.com

@brianMT

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On A Quest

The Accident

GQ

I look way, way up to Michael Paterniti, truly 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 own 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

Outside was my first magazine love, and this story of a quixotic search for gold in the mountains of Arizona 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.

24 Hours at the Waffle House

Bon Appétit

All immersive journalism is a quest, in a sense—a search for perspective. Andrew Knowlton’s perspective here is from behind the grill at the Waffle House, where he launches into a wry sociological investigation of the famed 24-hour restaurant chain of his Southern upbringing.

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

New York Magazine

It’s maybe the most overexposed quest in recent memory: the search for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. Here, a science writer turned cable news pundit reflects on the circus of coverage he became a part of and floats his own theory, but the piece’s heart is its meditation on the nature of certainty.

Parks & Rec

Grand Canyon on the Edge

Smithsonian

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 (the Navajo Nation, several other tribes, pretty much all Americans who value their national treasures). Great photos too.

Birds of Paradise

Sunset

I’m a wanna-be birder who came to this piece for the knockout photos of Kauai’s lush public lands (that opening waterfall shot—wow!). But I kept reading for author Kamil Bialous’ elegant, slightly mournful descriptions of how a changing ecosystem is affecting the island’s rare tropical birds.

So Good It Hurts

Backpacker

Backpacker is such an aspirational read every month. They could save themselves a lot of time and just title every article, “You Really Want To Go Here.” Ted Alvarez’s story about hiking in British Columbia’s Spatsizi Plateau Wilderness Provincial Park had me looking at plane tickets. My god, those are some mountains.

Peak Season

Bike

This feature is a perfect pairing to hook a public-lands nerd like me: Mountain-porn photos paired with a story of how forward-thinking land-use policies can preserve the playgrounds we love. When a ranch owner at the end of this piece described his transformation into a trails advocate, I did a little fist pump.

Tales of Latin America

Lost in the Jungle

Men's Journal

Damon Tabor reports on a renowned adventurer’s search for his missing son in an untamed corner of Costa Rica. This is a powerful piece about love, legacy, and what it means to be wild, and I’m not ashamed to say it had me crying in a bar last week.

Cuzco Rising

Travel + Leisure

An insightful, if by-the-numbers look at Cuzco, Peru, just down the valley from the breathtaking circus that is Machu Picchu. It’s a city that both benefits and suffers from its status as the beating heart of the Gringo Trail in South America, and I find it kind of fascinating.

Drug Trafficking for Dummies

Bloomberg Businessweek

A short report about how the arrest of one of Mexico’s most notorious drug lords has affected violence in Juarez, street crime in Chicago, the heroin market in Europe, and so on. The butterfly effect of the Latin American drug trade never ceases to impress me.

The Tip of the Diamond

Surfer

I’ve never even held a surfboard, but I tend to love many of the same places that surfers do. This piece about a peninsula in Chile—once pristine and now increasingly attracting tourists and developers—addresses the irony that sometimes it’s our love for a place that puts it in danger.