A Kink in the Hyperloop
The dream of zipping from San Francisco to Los Angeles in 35 minutes has run into a few speed bumps
The Immortality Pill
MIT’s Leonard Guarente is certain he’s succeeded where doctors (and quacks) before him have failed. His pill will either extend lives or tarnish his career
Score one for the cetaceans.
When he wasn’t hanging out with Bradley Cooper, or leasing a horse for Kate Bosworth, or negotiating a Golden Globes shout-out from Christian Bale, or bringing a baby wolf to the office, one Hollywood studio head was talking up the sweetest game in town: the chance to invest in movies that wouldn’t fail. And plenty of people bought what Ryan Kavnanaugh was selling.
Steve Huffman co-founded Reddit. Sold Reddit. Watched Reddit grow. Watched Reddit flounder. Watched Reddit mutiny. Now he’s back, to try to save Reddit from itself.
The Play-Doh of Meats
The quest to perfect the American burger.
Fears of a Clown
No one is better at making children laugh than Boswick the Clown. He doesn’t understand why adults are so scared of him.
Sitting Shiva with Larry David
Kara Swisher is Silicon Valley’s Most Feared and Well-Liked Journalist. How Does That Work?
Winner for Best Profile, 2015 Mirror Awards
The Perverse Case of Terry Richardson
His transgressive (also: dirty) pictures were celebrated in the fashion world, until they started to be seen as incriminatory evidence.
Who Killed Michael Hastings?
Reflexively distrustful, eager to make powerful enemies, the young journalist whose Mercedes exploded in Los Angeles one night couldn’t possibly have died accidentally, could he?
Finalist for Best Profile, 2014 Mirror Awards
Is Everyone on the Spectrum?
From Asperger’s to “Asperger’s,” how the autism spectrum became quite so all-inclusive
What Will the Fashion World Do With Kim Kardashian?
The sweetest Kardashian loves clothes, models clothes, designs clothes, and has become, with her boyfriend, Kanye West, half of the world’s most enthusiastic fashion couple. If only fashion would return the fervor.
An Inquiry Into the Very Public Private Marriage of Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise
A close reading of a tabloid divorce.
Rare-wine collectors are savvy, competitive guys with a taste for impossible finds. The biggest hoax in history took place right under their noses.
The Twee Party
Is artisanal Brooklyn a step forward for food or a sign of the apocalypse? And does it matter when the stuff tastes so good?
Those Fabulous Confabs
Smart talk has never been such a valuable commodity. It’s spawned conferences like TED, Davos, and now a slew of upstart competitors. It has made the eighteen‑minute TED lecture a viral online phenomenon. But are we running out of things to say?
The Virgin Father
Trent Arsenault has never had sex, but he’s the father of fifteen children—and counting. The more he antagonizes the FDA, and unnerves television audiences across America, the more his in-box is flooded with requests for his sperm.
Piers Morgan Isn’t Sleeping Well
CNN’s new Larry King made his name in the scandal-chasing, privacy-invading British tabloid gutter. He’s now ascended to cable-news royalty, though his past is casting a shadow over the coronation.
The Comeback That Wasn’t
When Martha Stewart returned from prison, the future looked awfully bright.
The Geek-Kings of Smut
After once being the best thing that ever happened to porn, the Internet is now wreaking havoc: destroying some fortunes, making bigger ones, and serving as a stimulus plan, in more ways than one.
Monetizing the Celebrity Meltdown
Tom Barrack, a billionaire investor who made his fortune in real estate, has discovered a market in distressed celebrities. With Neverland Ranch and Miramax under his belt, he’s now on a shopping spree—and bringing along his buddy Rob Lowe.
On a Roll
How a lobster glut in Maine has democratized, and energized, crustacean cuisine in New York
The Restaurant Auteur
Keith McNally—of the Odeon, Cafe Luxembourg, Lucky Strike, Pravda, Balthazar, Pastis, Schiller’s, and Minetta Tavern fame—is opening a new restaurant. As usual, he thinks it’s going to be a failure.
Winner for Best Profile, 2011 James Beard Awards
National Lampoon’s Last Laugh?
Over the past 15 years, three devotees of the comedy institution have attempted to restore the humor brand to its former glory. What happened instead was direct-to-video movies, lawsuits, crippling debt, and two prison sentences
St. George’s Hidden Dragons
How an elite New England prep school’s atonement for its sex-abuse scandals turned ugly
A Gilded Rage
Did the Princeton preppy murder his hedge-fund dad?
Bikram Feels the Heat
The yoga guru as alleged predator
Profile of nightlife impresario Simon Hammerstein
A Very Exclusive Brawl
4,000 words on a 2-minute fight.
How the Other Half (of the Top 1%) Lives
Sampling the finest experiences on earth
…And Then He Woke Up
In 1991, a Polish railway worker named Jan Grzebski fell into a coma and slept—for fifteen years. He slept through the final collapse of Communism, through the end of apartheid, and through the births of his eleven grandchildren. The story of a life suspended.
Is It Worth It?
Sampling the finest things on earth
Is Glenn Beck the Most Annoying Man on TV?
Or does it only seem that way?
Greetings from Gorgeous Guantanamo!
A scripted jaunt to the front lines of the War on Terror
The Rise and Fall of Bitcoin
How Two Scammers Built an Empire Hawking Sketchy Software
Hello, Munich! We Are the Hooters
Remembered as an ’80s group with fluffy MTV-friendly coifs, they were always much more interesting than their image, and they’re rocking harder than ever. Five days on the autobahn with Die Hooters…
Known for immortalizing Princess Di, Pavarotti and, soon, Bill Clinton, Bucks County artist Nelson Shanks had always been hired for his true-to-life portraits. Then he painted one that was a little too true.
What’s Eating Georges Perrier?
Profile of a chef in crisis
The Prodigy and the Playmate
The wild saga of Mark Yagalla
The mob wars are over, but there’s a new feud fermenting in South Philly, with clan against clan and red-stained hands. Listen up, boys: Nobody leaves this basement sober.
The Washington Post
Hints of Berry, Oak and Scandal
Op-ed about wine fraud
The Wall Street Journal
The Artlessness of Art Thieves