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The perks and pressures of the modern tour caddie

Mike Christensen never had any intention of becoming a caddie when he graduated from Duke in 2000. His dream was to play on the PGA Tour. If that didn’t work out, he had his degree in sociology. He played mini-tours for several years, often spending time with Kevin Streelman, one of his college …

How Trump Is Shaking Up the Book Industry

America’s literary bubble is rethinking its identity.<p>Donald Trump’s election victory plunged America’s elite, liberal and coastal circles into an identity crisis, as journalists and pundits who had been so sure of a Trump loss grappled with charges of insularity and willful disregard. They penned …

Books

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, …

The Top 10 Cars Most Likely to Last 200,000 Miles or More

Based on a study of more than 13.5 million cars, these are the ones that most frequently exceed 200,000 miles on the odometer.<p>When you buy a new car, you want it to last. iSeeCars analyzed more than 13.5 million vehicles to find out which models are most likely to last 200,000 miles or more. On …

Top 10

What Kind of Friend You Are, According to Myers-Briggs

I<p><b>t took me a long time to have an interconnected group of friends, even longer to understand the interpersonal dynamics at play between us, and the</b> …

Personality

What to Eat at Every Single Major League Ballpark

Callin' em like we see 'em.<p>As the 2018 MLB season kicks off, what better time to whet (or ruin) your appetite with a look at some of the hyper-American cuisine found in our country's ballparks? From perma-classics like the Chicago Dog to Arizona's controversial "Churro Dog," here is a look at what …

The Last Great Clothing Store

PHILADELPHIA — In the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s here, as in many big cities, there were dozens of independent men’s clothing stores selling tailored suits, sport coats, dress shirts and “furnishings” (socks, ties, pocket squares) to dapper professionals. Among these were the Arrow Store, Morvilles, …

Black Tie

What Hope Hicks Learned in Washington

On the morning of Wednesday, February 28, Hope Hicks arrived at the White House just after 8 a.m. Within a week, it would be snowing in Washington, …

Donald Trump

The Fight Over Teacher Salaries: A Look At The Numbers

The teachers strike in West Virginia may have ended last week when Gov. Jim Justice signed a law giving educators a 5 percent pay increase, but the fight in other states is just warming up.<p>"You can make anywhere from $5,000 to $20,000 more by driving 15 minutes across the state line," said Dale …

Education

The best ways to track your TV, music and reading habits

We've all done it: browsed friends' bookshelves, riffled through their vinyl collection or peeked through a stack of video games left in front of their TV. You can learn a lot about people based on what media they consume and leave lying around their house. And perhaps you're familiar with what …

Chicago Is A City Divided By Barbecue

The South Side's smoked rib tips and hot links represent an indispensable regional barbeque style, but half the city doesn't know it exists.</b> …

BBQ

Can the Best Magazine in Texas Be Saved?

Eleven major fixtures of Texas Monthly’s editorial team have quit since the new regime took over, and a new dustup over the latest cover has led to …

Why We Forget Most of the Books We Read

... and the movies and TV shows we watch<p>Pamela Paul’s memories of reading are less about words and more about the experience. “I almost always remember where I was and I remember the book itself. I remember the physical object,” says Paul, the editor of <i>The New York Times Book Review</i>, who reads, it …

Books

The Handgun and the Haunted Range

<i>Justin Quarry | Longreads | January 2018 | 22 minutes (5,444 words)</i> When my father died in the winter of 2000, back when I was newly 19, the single …

Your guide to fashion smartwatches

Smartwatches are a lot of fun and exceedingly useful, but they’re hardly fashionable.<p>Maybe you’re gearing up for a night on the town, or just have an exquisite sense of taste, and you’re looking for something a little more stylish than watches like the Moto 360, LG Watch Style, and Casio WSD-F20. …

Wearable Tech

Here's What A $75K Salary Gets You In Six Different Cities In The US

The median household income in the US is a little over $57,000, but for many Americans, particularly those with families, that is hardly enough.<p><b>How much does</b> living cost in the United States in 2018? It varies wildly depending on factors like where you live, what your lifestyle is, how much debt …

“I’ve Got Another Nut Job Here Who Thinks He’s Running Things”: Are Trump and Kelly Heading for Divorce?

With the president and his chief of staff arguing in public, Ivanka Trump takes charge of finding a replacement.<p><b>Donald Trump’s</b> relationship with <b>John Kelly,</b> his chief of staff, fraught from the beginning, may finally have gone past the point of no return. Two prominent Republicans in frequent …

Does Your Gut Hold the Secret to Performance?

It’s never an easy thing, convincing a person to give you their feces.<p>The instructions are simple enough: defecate, swipe the provided swab across a wad of used toilet paper (no need to be aggressive—so long as the tip is brown, you’ll have enough material for analysis), pop the newly defiled …

‘Vision, Chutzpah and Some Testosterone’

<i>The Times editorial board has been sharply critical of the Trump presidency, on grounds of policy and personal conduct. Not all readers have been persuaded. In the spirit of open debate, and in hopes of helping readers who agree with us better understand the views of those who don’t, we wanted to</i> …

Donald Trump

Is That Awl There Is? Remembering The Awl And The Hairpin

It's easiest to say what The Awl and The Hairpin <i>were</i> by describing what they <i>weren't</i>.<p>They <i>weren't</i> places you went for lazy listicles and clickbait quizzes — <i>Which Character From 'The Greatest Showman' Are You?</i><p>You didn't go there to get yet another hot take on whatever it was that everyone on social …

The Fall of Travis Kalanick Was a Lot Weirder and Darker Than You Thought

Silicon Valley CEOs are supposed to be sacrosanct. So how did it all go wrong at Uber?<p>A year ago, before the investor lawsuits and the federal …

Sexual Harassment

50 Years Later, It Feels Familiar: How America Fractured in 1968

It was a year when liberals reeled, a war dragged on and protests raged. Back then, the evening network news and the printed newspaper told the stories of the day. But what would it have been like to experience it all with modern news alerts?

Protest

How robo-callers outwitted the government and completely wrecked the Do Not Call list

On the morning of Oct. 1, 2015, a middle-aged telemarketer arrived at the Washington headquarters of the Federal Trade Commission. His name was Aaron Michael Jones, or possibly Michael Aaron Jones, and in any case, he went by Mike. According to court documents, Mike was a father and widower. He …

Identity Theft

Improving Ourselves to Death

What the self-help gurus and their critics reveal about our times.<p><i>Audio:</i> Listen to this story. To hear more feature stories, download the Audm app for your iPhone.<p>Happy New Year, you! Now that the champagne has gone flat and the Christmas tree is off to be mulched, it’s time to turn your thoughts …

Rose Quartz

Senate Democrats just released full testimony on the Trump-Russia dossier. Here's what's in it

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., on Tuesday released the full transcript from Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson's testimony before the Senate …

When an Email Exchange Turns Ugly

It was Monday morning, and Lee opened his inbox to find an email from his manager: “Lee, I’ve decided to have Carlos present to the governing board, instead of you. I’m sure you’re good with this.”<p>Lee had spent the entire weekend preparing for the presentation. Not only did he know the numbers …

FaceTime

Google Wallet and Android Pay are finally united under one brand

Google's payment strategy has been more than a little confusing. It originally offered tap-to-pay under the Google Wallet badge, but it moved that functionality to Android Pay while turning Google Wallet into a money transfer service. Thankfully, Google knows it's a mess and is cleaning things up. …

Android Pay

10 Pieces Of Famous Movie Trivia That Just Aren't True

The munchkin is fine, it wasn't milk and that's not a ghost<p>You'd think, what with us all having Google at our fingertips, that easily-dismissed myths would have died a death by now. But no: the internet has paradoxically made it all that much easier to spread utter nonsense as though it were …

How I Learned to Look Believable

Sometimes all you can control is what’s on the outside.

Unfiltered Fervor: The Rush to Get Off the Water Grid

SAN FRANCISCO — At Rainbow Grocery, a cooperative in this city’s Mission District, one brand of water is so popular that it’s often out of stock. But one recent evening, there was a glittering rack of it: glass orbs containing 2.5 gallons of what is billed as “raw water” — unfiltered, untreated, …

Snorkeling