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The History of Toasting (And Why to Bring it Back) | The Art of Manliness

In the modern day, it’s conceivable that a man might never find occasion, outside a wedding, to propose a toast. And even when called upon to give …

‘Crush Them’: An Oral History of the Lawsuit That Upended Silicon Valley

Nineteen-ninety-eight changed the course of technology, which is to say that it changed the course of history. A nearly bankrupt relic of ’80s tech …

Bill Gates

Beirut’s St. George: The Hotel Bar at the Crossroads of Empires

Tycoons, spies, and would-be assassins all drank at Beirut’s St. George Hotel, where travelers can still lounge poolside in the shadow of …

Smoke Some Weed, Take a Walk, and Read This Interview With Neil Young

Sixty years into an iconic career, Young is still fighting back against the recording industry. In a rare interview, he talks to Noisey about art, algorithms, and the likelihood of music saving the world.<p>"They're beautiful," Neil Young says of the new melodies he's had rolling around his head …

Operation Mongoose: The Story of America's Efforts to Overthrow Castro

And how they helped seal America’s fate in Vietnam<p>In the early 1960s, at the dawn of the Kennedy administration, Edward Lansdale had an enviable reputation as a can-do covert-action specialist. An advertising executive turned air force officer and CIA operative, he had in the early 1950s …

Cuba

When pop music got big: 1968 and the birth of arena rock

Most of them probably didn't know it when they took the stage at their biggest concerts, but Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones, Elton John, the Who, Paul McCartney, Kansas, Queen, Prince, Bruce Springsteen, U2 and others among rock music's most celebrated acts owe a debt of gratitude for their …

'It's gonna take a lot to drag me away from you': How Toto made Africa, and why we still love it now

Take an early-Eighties band in need of hits, a mid-tempo song about a conflicted missionary on a parched savanna, a catchy-as-hell keyboard hook and one of the most syllable-heavy lines in pop music. What have you got? A bonafide pop classic.<p>Africa by Toto, released 36 years ago, is a song whose …

South Park

Sacred Grounds: The rise of Toronto's third-wave craft coffee scene

Ask Graham Braun what did it for him, what got him obsessed, and he remembers instantly: it was a cup of Ethiopian pour-over from Detour Coffee …

I Am the Very Important Longread Everyone is Talking About

Here is an anecdote about a very small and seemingly irrelevant occurrence that happened way back in like, 2009. It doesn’t involve anyone you’ve …

Why Is The Masters A Major?

From the verge of extinction to one of sport's most celebrated events... by Roderick Easdale<p><b>Why Is The Masters A Major?</b><p>The Masters is the odd one out …

Golf

The Insanity of Downhill Ice Cross Racing

Imagine hurtling down a narrow, twisting, hilly ice track on skates at speeds up to 50 miles per hour, then trying to go even faster so you can outpace the competitors at your elbow. This is downhill ice cross. Beginning back in 2001, Red Bull has been sponsoring races and a world tour under the …

Northern Ireland

Why Paper Jams Persist

A trivial problem reveals the limits of technology.<p><b>Audio:</b> Listen to this story. To hear more feature stories, download the Audm app for your iPhone.<p>Building 111 on the Xerox engineering campus, near Rochester, New York, is vast and labyrinthine. On the social-media site Foursquare, one visitor …

Jimmy Buffett Does Not Live the Jimmy Buffett Lifestyle

Jimmy Buffett awoke one morning last year in one of his many homes — he can’t remember which one, there are a lot of them — and a panic gripped him in his throat. His new Broadway musical, “Escape to Margaritaville,” was coming along nicely, but something was off.<p>It wasn’t the music — they’d been …

The global dominance of white people is thanks to the potato

In his economic masterwork <i>The Wealth of Nations</i>, the great Scottish economist Adam Smith reveals himself to be a deep admirer of Irish poor folk. Or, more specifically, their preferred food, potatoes.<p>“The chairmen, porters, and coal-heavers in London, and those unfortunate women who live by …

Northern Europe

The Improbable Origins of PowerPoint

Here’s the surprising story behind the software that conquered the world, one slide at a time Illustration: Jude Buffum Illustration: Jude Buffum</b> …

Football has already been transformed by big money – but the businessmen behind Man City are trying to build a global corporation that will change the game for ever. By Giles Tremlett<p>On 19 December 2009, Pep Guardiola stood and wept in the middle of Zayed Sports City Stadium in Abu Dhabi. The …

Soccer

Pearl Jam's 'Vitalogy': How Band Nearly Came Apart Making Volatile Third LP

They wanted to call it "Life," and by the time Pearl Jam began recording their third album, their lives seemed pretty charmed. Despite ignoring …

The Nazi Underground

Is treasure buried beneath the mountains of Poland?<p>Lower Silesia, in southwestern Poland, is a land of treasure hunters. Until the end of the Second World War, the region—covered by mountains and deep pine forests with towering, arrowlike trees—was part of Germany. In the early months of 1945, the …

Big Read: The Harlem Globetrotters' fight against communism

What Putin Really Wants

Russia's strongman president has many Americans convinced of his manipulative genius. He's really just a gambler who won big.<p>I. The Hack<p>The large, sunny room at Volgograd State University smelled like its contents: 45 college students, all but one of them male, hunched over keyboards, whispering …

Russia

In the 1970s and 1980s, English success on the pitch and on stage was rooted in a bleak landscape where the only escape was to become a footballer or start a band<p>England in the 1970s and early ’80s was a grim, violent, angry, lean, ambitious, stimulating place. It had hardship and conflict on a …

Soccer

One hundred years ago, Lenin’s Bolshevik uprising overturned centuries of feudalism in Russia. But what does it mean for the world today?<p>Besides anything else, the socialist uprising in Russia in October 1917 is an extraordinary story. The culmination of the transformative months of that year, …

World History

The legend of the Legion

His cap is bleached as white as the bones of a Saharan camel. Is the romance of the French Foreign Legion a cult of death?<i>By Robert Twigger</i>Read at …

Central Europe

Everything You Need To Know About Absinthe

Timothy Ludwig<p>/ Wine & Spirits<p>Everything You Need To Know About Absinthe<p>No, it won't make you hallucinate – but it does make a damn good drink. …

Remembering the life and legacy of Gord Downie (1964 – 2017)

Gord Downie: 1964–2017<p>Remembering the life and legacy of The Tragically Hip frontman<p>By<p>Portrait by Andrew Tolson<p>October 18, 2017<p>He was on a fishing …

Christ in the Garden of Endless Breadsticks

<b>In the fall of 1889,</b> when he was 41 years old, the painter Paul Gauguin was brutally, furiously alone. Famous now for his saturated, almost hallucinatory paintings of life in Tahiti, at the time he was living in Brittany, still two years away from his first visit to French Polynesia. He was …

Ahead by a year: Remembering the Hip's last show

‘It was a communal experience of religious proportions.’ Canada’s musical luminaries remember the Tragically Hip’s final show.<p>This time last year, …

Upper Canada Brewing Co.

How Pants Went From Banned to Required in the Roman Empire

Six hundred years in the history of trousers.<p>Go to a meeting with any male politician today and you’re almost certainly going to be standing in front …

Ancient History

Rob Sheffield Explores How Beatles Live on Inside Our Heads

There are a ton of Beatles books in the world, and I know too few — I’ve read more John Lennons, to make a meaningful distinction. So before I began …