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'It Had Never Been Done on Television Before': The Oral History of Breaking Bad

Creator Vince Gilligan, stars Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul, and others reflect on how an offbeat show about a drug-dealing schoolteacher revolutionized television forever.<p>Television changed the night of January 20, 2008: <i>Breaking Bad</i>, a bold and singular drama about a downtrodden, dying high school …

TV

Tiramisu

1. Whisk together yolks and mascarpone in a large bowl until smooth. Add granulated sugar; whisk until dissolved. Set aside.<p>2. Place biscotti in the bowl of a food processor; pulse to form coarse crumbs. Fold biscotti into mascarpone mixture; set aside.<p>3. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted …

‘Bro, I’m Going Rogue’: The Wall Street Informant Who Double-Crossed the FBI

On the night he cut a deal with the FBI, Guy Gentile was on his way to a Connecticut casino for his cousin’s bachelor party. He’d jetted up from the …

Crime

Elon Musk’s Billion-Dollar Crusade to Stop the A.I. Apocalypse

Elon Musk is famous for his futuristic gambles, but Silicon Valley’s latest rush to embrace artificial intelligence scares him. And he thinks you should be frightened too. Inside his efforts to influence the rapidly advancing field and its proponents, and to save humanity from machine-learning …

Peter Thiel

Venture capitalist Marc Andreessen explains how AI will change the world

Recent breakthroughs in artificial intelligence and machine learning are enabling computers to understand the world and respond intelligently to it. Google is already embracing these technologies for Android, but they’re poised to have bigger implications, touching everything from drones to medical …

How Goldman Sachs Lost $1.2 Billion of Libya’s Money

Hot Mess: How Goldman Sachs Lost $1.2 Billion of Libya’s Money<p>When Wall Street’s most aggressive bank took on the world’s most incendiary client, …

Goldman Sachs

The Fight to Save Johnny Manziel from All-Out Self-Destruction

The former Cleveland Browns quarterback’s epic fall—from the hottest thing in football to N.F.L. washout—was agonizing for those who tried to prevent it. His inner circle describes the clash of talent and temptation.<p>Back in the summer of 2013, before he became perhaps the biggest bust in the …

Football (U.S.)

How To Beat Uber’s Surge-Pricing Algorithm (And Lyft’s Too)

Strategies to avoid paying higher rates for Uber and Lyft during peak times.<p>Uber surge pricing, Lyft Prime Time: Call it what you will, but it's never fun to fire up a ride-hailing app when you're in a hurry only to discover that everyone else is in a hurry too — and your ride is going to cost more …

Real Estate

Ralph Lauren’s American Dream

The iconic brand is struggling. How did we get here, and what happens next?<p>Each room presents one lavish scene after the next, and it's not hard to imagine Lauren himself toiling at the displays to make sure everything sits just right. Spaces are small and illuminated with candles and the softest …

Michael Kors

How Banks Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Blockchain, Bitcoin’s Underlying Tech

Bitcoin was going to disrupt the world’s big banks. Instead, its technology is poised to save them billions of dollars.<p>When bitcoin first appeared a little over eight years ago, early adopters saw the potential to disrupt the big banks of the world.<p>It’s all there in the very first line of the …

Blockchain

Here Are All of Our No. 1 Story Picks from This Year

<i>All through December, we’ll be featuring Longreads’ Best of 2015. To get you ready, here’s a list of every story that was chosen as No. 1 in our</i> …

Journalism

The Coldest Story Ever Told: The Influence of Kanye West’s 808s & Heartbreak

Kanye West arrived at Auckland’s Westin Hotel in December 2008 looking exhausted, at the end of every possible rope. He was in New Zealand to promote—or perhaps explain—<i>808s & Heartbreak</i>, the new album he recorded in an ungodly rush amidst his continent-hopping Glow in the Dark tour. Sporting Tom …

Rap & Hip-Hop

Why London’s music scene is still one of the best

When it comes to underground and leftfield dance music, London’s been leading the charge for decades. Deeply embedded into the contemporary sonic landscape is Akinola Davies, a multi-media curator, DJ, promoter, radio host and freelance video producer, who was part of the team that won a MOBO for …

The man with the toughest job in the world

When Staffan de Mistura became UN special envoy, his past successes brought hope for peace. A year later, with no solution in sight, he faces heavy criticism. Has his innovative diplomacy failed or is it simply mission impossible?<p>In July 2014, Staffan de Mistura, a 68-year old Italian-Swedish …

Middle East

What We Can Expect from Game of Thrones Season 6

A handy guide to which characters are all caught up with the books.<p>For five long seasons now, <i>Game of Thrones</i> book readers have been able to lord their superior knowledge over their show-watcher friends. But as last night’s finale came to a close, the <i>Game of Thrones</i> fandom found themselves, for the …

TV Series

Articles about midcentury architecture california modernist john lautner on Dwell.com - Dwell

Architect Helena Arahuete, a longtime colleague of John Lautner's, will discuss the midcentury modernist's legacy as well as her...<p>Falling prices for classic Lautners and Neutras might be a telltale sign that even modern masterpieces are feeling the pinch.<p>Stay in a midcentury modern hotel built and …

Architecture

Wall Street Executives from the Financial Crisis of 2008: Where Are They Now?

It’s been nearly seven years since a financial meltdown almost destroyed the global economy. Some of Wall Street’s major players reflect on riding out the maelstrom.<p>Once upon a time, Jimmy Cayne, now 81, had a lot to say about the sad fate that befell Bear Stearns, the Wall Street investment bank …

Markets

The Fugitive Heir

Two decades after his lovely young wife vanished, Robert Durst, scion of a Manhattan real-estate family worth billions, faces new murder charges. A cold case is now red-hot news, with a gangland-style execution, a headless torso, a manhunt, and revelations that Durst led part of his double life as …

Crime

The Inside Story of Ari Emanuel’s Big, Risky WME-IMG Merger

Last spring’s $2.4 billion dollar merger of WME and IMG could be Ari Emanuel’s dream come true—or his downfall.<p>When Ari Emanuel, the 53-year-old co-C.E.O. of the powerhouse talent agency William Morris Endeavor (known as WME), wants something, he doesn't quit until he gets it. Generally seen as the …

General Motors

Stolen Picasso Painting Discovered in Newark

The stolen picture was sent to New Jersey via FedEx.<p>When a FedEx shipment arrived in Newark with a package marked “art craft/toy” with a listed value of $37, and a message reading “Merry Christmas” it seemed innocuous. However, when customs officials opened the box, they found a painting by Pablo …

Fine Art

Advice from Warren Buffett that could make you rich

The Berkshire Hathaway annual letter is out, and Warren Buffett again finds new ways to preach what he's been saying for 50 years.<p>Such consistency has paid off for Buffett: A jaw-dropping return of 1,826,163% over the past half century. That's an average annual gain of 21.6%, compared to 9.9% for …

Investing

Articles about vacation home california desert modernist oasis on Dwell.com - Dwell

A Canadian family’s getaway in the California desert.<p>The desert, a wilderness of rock and hardscrabble, has had a profound impact on human culture, design and our collective...<p>A New Zealand family taps into the creative capital of architecture students to make their dream home a reality.<p>Inspired by …

Architecture