Sprucing Up Your Cocktail

A lost flavor of the northern woods, rediscovered

Prisoners of Cable

Why we can’t break free from our TV overlords

The Amis Obsession

How Martin Amis expanded the possibilities of English prose—including my own

The End of Jazz

How America’s most vibrant music became a relic

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The irony of getting away with something was that you were your own executioner. In a pang of remorse, you could open your mouth and change your life.

Bad Romance

What the Fifty Shades of Grey phenomenon says about the modern sexual condition

Any Place I Hang My Hat

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They Taught America How to Watch Football

The coach as general. The players as gladiators. Ed Sabol and his son, Steve, have spent the past half century at NFL Films, inventing the tropes of modern football. Color, slow motion, ubiquitous cameras and microphones, the omniscient narrator invoking the language of war—the Sabols pioneered all of this and, in so doing, helped make football the national game.

Foxy Ladies

Why one network applies so much makeup

TV's Angriest Man

With his latest reality show, Chef Gordon Ramsay extends his patented froth from the kitchen to the hotel business at large.


Love happens, like age or weather. It’s not hard to do, only to endure, sometimes.

National Velvet

Sex Lives of Novelists

Writing about writers; an atrocity ignored; the most influential book in English

A Critic and a Poet

Pauline Kael showed us how to talk about popular art and fall in love with movies.

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Olympic Idol

Who will carry the flame for Britain?




A close encounter with the sport’s most authentic madman

Hell on Wheels

Outside Olympic Park, the most cutthroat, reckless, competitive race of 2012 is already underway.

Ice Man

He saw deputies in their serious hats coming through the restaurant from the kitchen, four white guys who looked like they meant business.

For the Love of Art

Destroying paintings in order to save them

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Where Time Comes From

The clocks that coordinate your cellphone, GPS, and more


Computer Vision Syndrome and You

Save your eyes. Take breaks.


What Happens in 60 Seconds

Quantifying human activity around the world



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