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Rescue on the Killer Mountain

It was already late—just one hour before sunset on January 25, 2018—and they had yet to reach the summit. The shadows of the high Himalayan peaks were growing longer every second, covering the surrounding valleys with a dark veil and turning the air so cold that every breath became painful. …

Mountaineering

Digital Media and the Case of the Missing Archives

One of the poems that earned Robert Frost the Pulitzer Prize in 1924 is titled “Nothing Gold Can Stay,” and puts forward the claim that nothing, …

Journalism

Apple’s 2019 Mac Pro will be shaped by workflows

A year ago, I visited the Apple campus in Cupertino to figure out where the hell the new Mac Pro was. I joined a round-table discussion with Apple SVPs and a handful of reporters to get the skinny on what was taking so long.<p>The answer, it turns out, was that Apple had decided to start completely …

Product Management

Hand Lettering: The Beginner’s Guide

A hand lettering guide that's perfect for beginners. We review how to draw a letter, lettering styles, common mistakes, and top classes.

Calligraphy

Apple names the best iOS apps of 2015

Apple on Wednesday announced its choices for the best iOS apps of 2015. Taking top honors was Periscope, an app Eddy Cue, Apple's senior vice …

Apps

50 Best Albums of 2015

As the curtain falls on 2015, it might be hard to remember any albums released this year besides Adele's record-breaking, generation-uniting, …

Music

How Technology Will Transform Retirement

Get ready for a new array of devices and services that will make it easier to work, stay healthy, live at home and remain connected to friends and family<p>For the next generation of retirees, the question that will trump all others will be a simple one: How do you add life to longer lives?<p>As people …

Retirement

Teach Yourself Italian

For a writer, a foreign language is a new kind of adventure.<p>Exile<p>My relationship with Italian takes place in exile, in a state of separation.<p>Every language belongs to a specific place. It can migrate, it can spread. But usually it’s tied to a geographical territory, a country. Italian belongs …

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> …

Adele: Inside Her Private Life and Triumphant Return

As Adele steers through a South London high street in her four-door Mini Cooper, with her toddler's vacant car seat in back and the remains of a …

New Albums

16 Stories To Remember Grantland By

Here's a few of our favorite features from the site's great four-year run.

Cameron Diaz

The Fastest Way Through Customs Is With Your Phone

What if we told you there is a way (a completely free way) to bypass the lines at immigration and customs when re-entering the U.S. at select airports—and all you needed was your smartphone?<p>The secret is no secret at all, but a downloadable app available to both iPhone and Android users via the …

Inside Michael Jackson’s Iconic First Moonwalk Onstage

Rolling Stone <i>contributing editor Steve Knopper's new book,</i> MJ: The Genius of Michael Jackson <i>(in stores October 6th),</i> <i>is the first narrative biography</i> …

Michael Jackson

43 Books You Won't Be Able To Stop Talking About

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10 secret and small New York restaurants

<b>The New York restaurant scene has become so well known that even a newbie can navigate it with relative ease. Simply identify a notable chef, say,</b> …

Penn and Teller Are Revealing How Their Magic Tricks Are Done—and It’s O.K.

Why Penn and Teller’s Fool Us advances the magic art form better than any TV show in memory.<p>As one of the few humans on Earth who un-ironically calls himself a “TV magic obsessive,” let me tell you, there’s never been a magic show on television like <i>Penn & Teller: Fool Us.</i><p>I approach the show from …

13 Books From 2015 That You Should Read ASAP

Fiction, memoir and books that blur the lines between both.<p>Before the welcome downpour of anticipated fall books rolls in (a new Jonathan Franzen novel? The conclusion to Elena Ferrante's tear-jerking series? We'll be spending the latter half of 2015 huddled up inside, thankyouverymuch), we …

Books

7 Streaming TV Packages That Will Let You Cut the Cord For Good

Cutting the cord could save you $75 per month. Here's how to do it without missing your favorite shows.<p>With services like Showtime, HBO, Hulu, and …

The top TED talks that will change the way you work and live

These inspirational TED talks will challenge how you think and communicate at work and in your everyday life<p>With alumni ranging from Stephen Hawking to Bill Gates, TED talks have become a global phenomenon since <b>Al Gore gave one of the first ever</b> adresses in 2006.<p>We gathered some of the most-viewed …

Public Speaking

10 influential pulp novels that are criminally good

American pulp fiction first appeared on cheap, wood pulp paper. In the early 20th century, it lived in fiction magazines that cost no more than a …

Literature

35 of LIFE Magazine's Best Summer Covers

June 28, 1937 LIFE Magazine cover "Sea, Sand and Siren" (photo by Herbert Matter).<br>LIFE Magazine<p>1 of 35<p>For all of LIFE Magazine’s coverage of serious …

Amp up your iPhone photography with this add-on

We rely on our iPhone for so many facets of our life, but as a camera it has become a disruptive force in the photography world. The “Shot with an iPhone 6” advertising campaign is likely making traditional camera companies shutter – pun intended – as sales of consumer cameras continue to fall.<p>It’s …

Mobile Photography

Running on Empty

In May of 2012, a thousand of the world’s best ultrarunners were lining up for the start of the Transvulcania Ultramarathon, an 83.3-kilometer course traversing the volcanic outcroppings of La Palma, in the Canary Islands. The atmosphere was taut, a mix of pent-up energy and anticipation, and the …

An Investigation of Intimacy: Brigitte Lacombe’s Astounding Celebrity Portraits

<b>Brigitte Lacombe</b>’s photography is an investigation of intimacy. Instead of public faces hitting their marks with weary familiarity, she shows us friends caught with friends, in secretive moments. Celebrated people, under her eye, enact the complicity of the happily absorbed; the magic of her work …

Andy Warhol

20 New Food Books to Read This Summer

Whether you're into something light and quick or more pensive and poignant, here are 20 new food books for you to read this summer.<p>It's summer, which means it's prime season for reading for pleasure, so here's our food lovers' guide to the new books coming out. Whether you want something light and …

Books

America's Most Stunning Waterfalls

<i>By Zachary Laks</i><p>Mighty and majestic, waterfalls are one of nature's most incredible and dramatic features. Though they can easily be found in many locations across the country, the most awe-inspiring waterfalls have become destinations in their own right. From a surging water wall to an indoor …

Errol Morris: How Typography Shapes Our Perception Of Truth

The acclaimed filmmaker of The Thin Blue Line and The Fog Of War reveals why he now types all his manuscripts in Baskerville.<p>In 2013, acclaimed filmmaker and author Errol Morris ran a bold experiment. With the collusion of the <i>New York Times</i>, he asked 45,000 readers to take an online test. The test …

The 5 Most Spectacular National Park Road Trips

<i>by Valerie Conners, Condé Nast Traveler</i><p>Nothing gets us more excited for summer than the prospect of an epic road trip: wind whipping through open car windows, highways flanked by stunning landscapes. Luckily, this is an easy reality in the U.S., thanks to an abundance of amazing national parks. …

The brains behind the ‘Aha!’ moment

Researchers at UCL have discovered what happens in our brains when we start connecting the dots<p>When you first move to London it’s very common to quickly gain very detailed, even intimate knowledge of two or three locales, but not know how they are connected geographically.<p>It’s not until there’s a …

Neuroscience

These Delicious Cooking GIFs Are Infinite Food Porn

Cinemagraphs are now part of a balanced breakfast, thanks to the cinemagraphs of Daria Khoroshavina and Olya Kolesnikova.<p>When it comes to GIFs or Internet animations, the usual descriptor one thinks of isn't “mouth-watering.” But thanks to the Moscow-based photography duo of Daria Khoroshavina and …