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

Cover to Cover

A Harsh Beauty

Revising the Escorial, plus the wonders of Wonder Bread

A Long, Strange Trip

How a new 14-DVD box set turned me on to the Dead

The Escapist

P. G. Wodehouse’s comic gift was built on his brilliant capacity for repressing unpleasantness.

Honors Track

“The exam went off without a hitch, and from there, stopping just didn’t make sense. Before each Calc test, we convened at Jill’s house to work out the answers.”

Glenn Beck in Exile

Don’t cry for the former Fox star—he’s building a 24/7 media empire in his loopy image.

Aspen Song

American Sweetheart

Fierce, cocky, and built for stardom, Marlen Esparza prepares to fight for the gold at this summer’s Olympic debut of women’s boxing.

How to Make a Hollywood Hit

Charting the new globe-trotting science of moviemaking

The Interrogation

The Residency

Cover to Cover

Style Is the Man

Dwight Macdonald shows us that only a great writer can be a great critic.

A Swing and a Miss

Why the latest hyped-up work of staggering genius fizzles

The Filthy Moralist

How the comedian Louis C.K. became America’s unlikely conscience

Waiting to Exhale

Learning to free dive off Hawaii’s Kona Coast takes iron lungs and steely nerves.

American Mozart

Intense, emotional, and frequently out of control, the hip-hop superstar Kanye West allowed his antics to turn him into a national joke and to earn him the criticism of two American presidents. Would a massive concert tour with his friend and rival Jay-Z offer the troubled rapper a taste of redemption—or disaster?

The Most Dangerous Gamer

Never mind that they’re now among the most lucrative forms of entertainment in America, video games are juvenile, silly, and intellectually lazy. At least that’s what Jonathan Blow thinks. But the game industry’s harshest critic is also its most cerebral developer, a maverick bent on changing the way we think about games and storytelling. With his next release, The Witness, Blow may cement his legacy—or end his career. In a multibillion-dollar industry addicted to laser guns and carnivorous aliens, can true art finally flourish?

The Foley Artist’s Apprentice

Roth v. Roth v. Roth

The complexities and conundrums of reading Philip Roth’s work as autobiography


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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