Eugene Wei

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Ryan Hall, America’s Fastest Marathoner, Slows Down

I am a former mediocre college distance runner who completed a couple of degrees in English literature, and those of us who belong to this particular demographic, in addition to a heightened sense of futility and masochism, are often capable of reciting A. E. Housman’s “To an Athlete Dying Young” …

Ryan Hall

Age of Abundance: How the Content Explosion will Invert the Media Industry

If you read a list of mankind’s most important or influential inventions, there’s not far you could go without coming across those of Thomas Edison. …

Sundance: How Amazon, Netflix Turned the Market on Its Head

A version of this story first appeared in the Feb. 5 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

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Alexander Litvinenko: the man who solved his own murder

The Millennium hotel is an unusual spot for a murder. It overlooks Grosvenor Square, and is practically next door to the heavily guarded US embassy, where, it is rumoured, the CIA has its station on the fourth floor. A statue of Franklin D Roosevelt – wearing a large cape and holding a stick – …

Alexander Litvinenko

All Hollowed Out

The lonely poverty of America’s white working class

For the last several months, social scientists have been debating the striking findings of a study by the economists Anne Case and Angus Deaton.* Between 1998 and 2013, Case and Deaton argue, white Americans across multiple age groups experienced …


Zoning Laws Transfer Wealth in the Wrong Direction

Since the huge crime drop that began in the 1990s, cities have become a more attractive place for young and high-income people to live. At the same time, the shift of the economy toward knowledge-based industries has made cities more important to the economy, since ideas and workers can easily move …


At Thomas Keller’s Per Se, Slips and Stumbles

The lady had dropped her napkin.

More accurately, she had hurled it to the floor in a fit of disillusionment, her small protest against the slow creep of mediocrity and missed cues during a four-hour dinner at Per Se that would cost the four of us close to $3,000. Some time later, a passing server …

Thomas Keller

Consider a thought experiment: If market capitalism was the brief product of happy coincidences confined in space and time to the developed world of …


People are spending up to $100 a bottle for an unlikely beverage

You may just get it from the tap, but there are customers willing to pay $60,000 for a bottle of water.

Sold in a solid gold bottle, Acqua di Cristallo, the world’s most expensive water bottle, wasn’t made for mass consumption. However, there are many brands charging, if not thousands of dollars, at …

Bottled Water

Notes on "The Hateful Eight"

For Jaime Grijalba


In the last scene of Bigger Than Life, the 1956 film directed by Nicholas Ray and produced by its star, James Mason, Ed Avery, the …

Quentin Tarantino

The Refragmentation

January 2016

One advantage of being old is that you can see change happen in your lifetime. A lot of the change I've seen is fragmentation. US …


Why America Is Moving Left

Republicans may have a lock on Congress and the nation’s statehouses—and could well win the presidency—but the liberal era ushered in by Barack Obama is only just beginning.

Over roughly the past 18 months, the following events have transfixed the nation.

In July 2014, Eric Garner, an African …

Political History

The Marriages of Power Couples Reinforce Income Inequality

The notion of “making a good match,” a staple of the writings of Jane Austen and Henry James, continues in contemporary romance novels. At the same time, income inequality commands increasing attention from economists. Lately we’ve been learning just how much these two topics are tied …

How Bad Are Things?

One “advantage” of working in psychiatry is getting a window into an otherwise invisible world of really miserable people.I work in a wealthy, …

Chronic Pain

Is Christmas efficient?

As you all probably know, the demand for retail goods and services goes up a lot after Thanksgiving, giving rise to the seasonal business cycle. Most …

Comment on Debunking “The Big Short”: How Michael Lewis Turned the Real Villains of the Crisis into Heros by Yves Smith

The value of credit default swaps on risky subprime (the BBB/BBB- tranches) was 5-5X the value of the TOTAL subprime market. And subprime was not a …

Michael Lewis

High Scores: The Best Videogames of 2015

Header image and artwork by Caty McCarthy

25. Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime (Asteroid Base)

Neon cuteness belying hardened spacefaring carnage. A …

“Carol” Up Close

It makes a big difference where you sit. I first saw Todd Haynes’s “Carol” from the back of a big hall (at its New York Film Festival première) and was struck by the expressive power of its colors, the sensual flair of its visual compositions. But the images didn’t so much arouse emotions as …

15 Great Movie Moments of 2015

So many things must come together to make a scene work, let alone an entire film. And while there are ample sources of recognition—be it via box …

Mad Max

What the Mast Brothers Scandal Tells Us About Ourselves

In the course of the last few weeks' gleeful public excoriation of Brooklyn chocolate company Mast Brothers, there have been many things said, many …


The 19 Best Nonfiction Books Of 2015

These are the essay collections, memoirs, and nonfiction reads that we absolutely loved in 2015. (Ranked in no particular order.)

1. Negroland: A Memoir by Margo Jefferson

Negroland by writer and critic Margo Jefferson is both a memoir and a cultural history of the black middle/upper class in America. …

Aziz Ansari

Should You Ever Use a Pie Chart?

The pie chart has been under attack for over a century. How did this beleaguered chart come to be so popular and yet so reviled?

Data Visualization

2015’s Best TV: I Hate Top Ten Lists, but O.K., Fine, Here’s a List

As I’ve written each year during this festive season, I hate Top Ten lists. But do I have opinions? Sure, I have opinions.

The other day, someone asked me whether “Transparent,” Jill Soloway’s series on Amazon, was a “niche” show. This was a generally reasonable individual, mind you. But I knew what …

Landmark Algorithm Breaks 30-Year Impasse

A theoretical computer scientist has presented an algorithm that is being hailed as a breakthrough in mapping the obscure terrain of complexity …


The Year in Pictures 2015



A selection of the year’s most riveting photographs.



Sunday Review

Sergey Ponomarev for The New York Times


The New York Times

The 10 Best Lists of 2015

Over the last two weeks, Vulture has published our critics’ year-end lists. This has included everything from 2015's best albums and art shows, to

The 10 best video games of 2015

You can tell 2015 was a great year for new video games by the titles that didn’t make this list. It was a year that saw inventive new mobile games like Prune and Alto’s Adventure, and much-anticipated blockbusters like Star Wars Battlefront and Metal Gear Solid V. There were even plenty of wonderful …

Xbox One

The 25 Best Comics and Graphic Novels of 2015

Every week, I write about the most interesting new comics, webcomics, and graphic novels. It’s now that time again to round up the ones I consider