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The Moods of Ernest Hemingway

The writer, unenthusiastically, visits New York.<p>Ernest Hemingway, who may well be the greatest living American novelist and short-story writer, rarely comes to New York. He spends most of his time on a farm, the Finca Vigia, nine miles outside Havana, with his wife, a domestic staff of nine, …

How Music Affects Your Productivity

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Music has a way of expressing that which cannot be put into words.<p>It is for this reason (and many more) that music is regarded as one of the triumphs of human creativity-but does music itself help one to create?<p>This is an important …

A Summer in the Archive

<i>The New Yorker</i> has published more than four thousand issues since it first came out, in February, 1925. If you think you have a lot of back issues to read, imagine <i>that</i> stack of magazines—it would be, by our calculations, nearly seventy feet high. Through the decades, the magazine has published …

Brain Gain

The underground world of “neuroenhancing” drugs.<p>A young man I’ll call Alex recently graduated from Harvard. As a history major, Alex wrote about a dozen papers a semester. He also ran a student organization, for which he often worked more than forty hours a week; when he wasn’t on the job, he had …

The Possibilian

What a brush with death taught David Eagleman about the mysteries of time and the brain.<p>When David Eagleman was eight years old, he fell off a roof and kept on falling. Or so it seemed at the time. His family was living outside Albuquerque, in the foothills of the Sandia Mountains. There were only …

The Mark

The F.B.I. needs informants, but what happens when they go too far?<p>Last January, Michael Grimm, a forty-year-old United States congressman from Staten Island, sat for an interview in his Washington office with Greta Van Susteren, of Fox News. Grimm, a freshman representative who had recently been …

The Story of a Suicide

Two college roommates, a webcam, and a tragedy.<p>Dharun Ravi grew up in Plainsboro, New Jersey, in a large, modern house with wide expanses of wood flooring and a swimming pool out back. Assertive and athletic, he used “<i>DHARUNISAWESOME</i>” as a computer password and played on an Ultimate Frisbee team. …

Two-Hit Wonder

Jack Dorsey, of Twitter, is now making big money at Square—and is out to prove that he’s more than a lucky man.<p>Jack Dorsey, the tech entrepreneur, takes the No. 1 bus to work, and he likes to catch the 7:06. It carries him nearly from one side of San Francisco to the other—down California Street …

Bay Watched

How San Francisco’s new entrepreneurial culture is changing the country.<p>The way to meet up with Johnny Hwin, one of the best-connected kids in San Francisco, is to stand at the garage door of a small repair shop in the iffy section of the Mission District and dial his cell phone until it stops …

The Tweaker

The real genius of Steve Jobs.<p>Not long after Steve Jobs got married, in 1991, he moved with his wife to a nineteen-thirties, Cotswolds-style house in old Palo Alto. Jobs always found it difficult to furnish the places where he lived. His previous house had only a mattress, a table, and chairs. He …

How David Beats Goliath

When underdogs break the rules.<p>When Vivek Ranadivé decided to coach his daughter Anjali’s basketball team, he settled on two principles. The first was that he would never raise his voice. This was National Junior Basketball—the Little League of basketball. The team was made up mostly of …

Up All Night

The science of sleeplessness.<p>Nathaniel Kleitman, known as the “father of modern sleep research,” was born in 1895 in Bessarabia—now Moldova—and spent much of his youth on the run. First, pogroms drove him to Palestine; then the First World War chased him to the United States. At the age of twenty, …

A Few Too Many

Is there any hope for the hung over?<p>Of the miseries regularly inflicted on humankind, some are so minor and yet, while they last, so painful that one wonders how, after all this time, a remedy cannot have been found. If scientists do not have a cure for cancer, that makes sense. But the common …

The Apostate

Paul Haggis vs. the Church of Scientology.<p>On August 19, 2009, Tommy Davis, the chief spokesperson for the Church of Scientology International, received a letter from the film director and screenwriter Paul Haggis. “For ten months now I have been writing to ask you to make a public statement …

How To Be Good

An Oxford philosopher thinks he can distill all morality into a formula. Is he right?<p>What makes me the same person throughout my life, and a different person from you? And what is the importance of these facts?I believe that most of us have false beliefs about our own nature, and our identity over …

The Itch

Its mysterious power may be a clue to a new theory about brains and bodies.<p>It was still shocking to M. how much a few wrong turns could change your life. She had graduated from Boston College with a degree in psychology, married at twenty-five, and had two children, a son and a daughter. She and …

The Curse of Reading and Forgetting

Recently, a colleague mentioned that she had been rereading Richard Hughes’s “A High Wind in Jamaica,” which was first published in 1929 and is about a group of creepy little kids who become the unwanted wards of sad, listless pirates. She praised it, and her recommendation sent me to Amazon. The …

The Interpreter

Has a remote Amazonian tribe upended our understanding of language?<p><i>Correction appended</i>.<p>One morning last July, in the rain forest of northwestern Brazil, Dan Everett, an American linguistics professor, and I stepped from the pontoon of a Cessna floatplane onto the beach bordering the Maici River, a …

Don’t!

The secret of self-control.<p>In the late nineteen-sixties, Carolyn Weisz, a four-year-old with long brown hair, was invited into a “game room” at the Bing Nursery School, on the campus of Stanford University. The room was little more than a large closet, containing a desk and a chair. Carolyn was …

Tag: Serial Killers

When she was a 15-year-old runaway, the writer was nearly killed by a truck driver. Twenty-seven years later, she investigates whether her attacker …

The 2014 National Magazine Award Winners by Luke Mogelson, Patrick Radden Keefe, Ariel Levy, Steven Brill, Robert Draper, Emily Nussbaum, Zadie Smith, Tim Walker

Along for the ride with a boatload of refugees risking their lives.<p>The haunted past of Amy Bishop, a University of Alabama neurobiologist who shot …

Burger King Is Run by Children

Last summer a trim guy with wavy brown hair, high cheekbones, and a broad smile could be found making Whoppers, working the drive-through window, and …

The Pope in the Attic: Benedict in the Time of Francis

What’s it like for the first living ex-pope in 600 years to watch from up close as the successor he enabled dismantles his legacy?<p>These days, he is an <i>autoclaustrato</i>, a self-cloistered contemplative in an order with a membership of one.<p>His name is still Benedict, 15 months after he renounced the …

Midnight in the Garden of East Texas

Photography by O. Rufus Lovett<p>Sitting at his regular table at Daddy Sam’s BBQ and Catfish (“You Kill It, I’ll Cook It”) in the East Texas town of …

The Stacks: Portrait of the Consummate Con Man

John Lardner was painting a prose portrait of a legendary con man when he wrote: “On a small scale, Titanic Thompson is an American legend. I say on …

The Disruption Machine

What the gospel of innovation gets wrong.<p>In the last years of the nineteen-eighties, I worked not at startups but at what might be called finish-downs. Tech companies that were dying would hire temps—college students and new graduates—to do what little was left of the work of the employees they’d …

The Loser: The Most Honest Sports Story Ever Written

Total Recall: LeBron's mighty mind

<i>Editor's note: This story was originally published on July 22, 2014. LeBron James' photographic memory originated ... many years before.</i><p>Playing video …

State of the #Longreads, 2014

Lately there has been some angst about the state of longform journalism on the Internet. So I thought I’d share some quick data on what we’ve seen …

30 for 30 Shorts: ‘The High Five’

Our latest film, from award-winning director Michael Jacobs, tells the story of a celebratory gesture and the tumultuous life of the man who made it …