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The Doctor Is In

A technique for producing No. 1 songs.<p>Unlike Dr. Dre, that other faux-medical badass beatmaker, Dr. Luke is a white guy. He lives in Los Angeles now, but he talks like the New York City hustler he once was. He “vibes” well, an invaluable skill in the song-making trade, where the writer needs to …

The Ebola Wars

How genomics research can help contain the outbreak.<p>The most dangerous outbreak of an emerging infectious disease since the appearance of H.I.V., in the early nineteen-eighties, seems to have begun on December 6, 2013, in the village of Meliandou, in Guinea, in West Africa, with the death of a …

Pipino: Gentleman Thief

Magicians, Mafiosos, a Missing Painting, and the Heist of a Lifetime<p><b>Venice was built to confuse.</b> The floating Italian city has few straight lines: …

Dunkin’ and the Doughnut King

It’s August in Modesto, and the Central Valley sun is blistering hot outside of the new Dunkin’ Donuts. Nigel Travis, the CEO of Dunkin’, is standing …

Coffee

Against the Grain

Should you go gluten-free?<p>Just after Labor Day, the Gluten and Allergen Free Expo stopped for a weekend at the Meadowlands Exposition Center. Each year, the event wends its way across the country like a travelling medicine show, billing itself as the largest display of gluten-free products in the …

Elon Musk puts his case for a multi-planet civilisation – Ross Andersen

‘Fuck Earth!’ Elon Musk said to me, laughing. ‘Who cares about Earth?’ We were sitting in his cubicle, in the front corner of a large open-plan …

Elon Musk

How Building a Black Hole for Interstellar Led to an Amazing Scientific Discovery | WIRED

Franklin knew that his computers would do anything he told them to. That was a problem and a temptation. “It's very easy to fall into the trap of …

Big Hero 6 Proves It: Pixar’s Gurus Have Brought the Magic Back to Disney Animation

Author: Caitlin Roper. Caitlin Roper Culture<p>Date of Publication: 10.21.14.<p>Time of Publication: 6:30 am. 6:30 am<p><b>John Lasseter is</b> tearing up. His eyes …

Burning Out

Much has been written about the heroin-linked death of Jean-Michel Basquiat. But one voice was missing—that of the wildly talented, wildly extravagant painter himself. Anthony Haden-Guest interviewed America’s foremost black artist in the last stages of his blazing trail, as he careened between art …

The Conjuring of The Mirage

One night in May 1985, the architect Joel Bergman was on his way from Atlantic City to Las Vegas to work on the expansion of the Golden Nugget’s …

Wynn Resorts

Night Club Royale

Can Las Vegas make more money from dance music than from gambling?<p>On the final Saturday night of 2012, Jesse Waits entered the Encore resort in Las Vegas and took a private elevator to the seventh floor, where a young d.j. named Afrojack was staying. Waits wore a black Tom Ford suit without a tie, …

Inside Pinterest: The Coming Ad Colossus That Could Dwarf Twitter And Facebook

The Cannes Lions advertising festival has become as big among the Madison Avenue crowd as the Riviera town’s iconic film event is for Hollywood. So as Steve Stoute nursed a drink with a friend at the Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc on the balmy June evening that opened this year’s boozing and schmoozing, the …

Anthony Bourdain Has Become The Future Of Cable News, And He Couldn’t Care Less

The host of CNN’s Parts Unknown (starting again on Sunday) wants to make a great show–and challenge some cultural assumptions.<p>“Ready to eat well?” asks Anthony Bourdain.<p>The chef turned TV star is leading the way toward a pair of narrow seats at the New York outpost of a Michelin-rated Tokyo …

Diamonds Are Bullshit

"Yeah, they say three years’ salary."<p><b>Michael Scott, The Office</b><p>American males enter adulthood through a peculiar rite of passage - they spend most of …

Diamonds

Public Enemies: Social Media Is Fueling Gang Wars in Chicago

• Author: Ben Austen. Ben Austen Culture<br>• Date of Publication: 09.17.13. 09.17.13<br>• Time of Publication: 6:30 am. 6:30 am<p><b>Just about any</b> teenager in Chicago …

Why Mexico’s Sinaloa Cartel Loves Selling Drugs in Chicago

On the night that Jesús Vicente Zambada Niebla strode into the lobby of the Sheraton Maria Isabel Hotel in Mexico City, the price on his head was $5 …

Banksy Was Here

The invisible man of graffiti art.<p>The British graffiti artist Banksy likes pizza, though his preference in toppings cannot be definitively ascertained. He has a gold tooth. He has a silver tooth. He has a silver earring. He’s an anarchist environmentalist who travels by chauffeured S.U.V. He was …

The frequent fliers who flew too much

Many years after selling lifetime passes for unlimited first-class travel, American Airlines began scrutinizing the costs — and the customers.<p>May 05, 2012|By Ken Bensinger, Los Angeles Times<p>For many years, Steven Rothstein, left, and Jacques Vroom held lifetime… (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles…)<p>There …

John F. Kennedy International Airport

The Gift of Doubt

Albert O. Hirschman and the power of failure.<p>In the mid-nineteenth century, work began on a crucial section of the railway line connecting Boston to the Hudson River. The addition would run from Greenfield, Massachusetts, to Troy, New York, and it required tunnelling through Hoosac Mountain, a …

Marcel Duchamp

Laptop U

Has the future of college moved online?<p>Gregory Nagy, a professor of classical Greek literature at Harvard, is a gentle academic of the sort who, asked about the future, will begin speaking of Homer and the battles of the distant past. At seventy, he has owlish eyes, a flared Hungarian nose, and a …

Does BuzzFeed Know the Secret?

Perhaps you are unfamiliar with the website BuzzFeed�though this is increasingly unlikely, as it’s currently enjoying a viral moment. The site is a …

Journalism

Show Yourself the Money

You'd think it would be hard to go broke on $1.1 million a year, which is what the average NFL player pulls down. The trouble is, the average NFL player retires in three-and-a-half years, and most blow through their retirement savings in less than ten. Which is why there's now an MBA program with …

How Jenna Lyons Transformed J.Crew Into A Cult Brand

See how Jenna Lyons has taken J.Crew from ugly duckling to fashion arbiter.<p>Jenna Lyons is in her corner office sucking on an iced coffee as if it were manna. The room looks like a cross between a boudoir and an artist’s loft, with a peach fur draped over a white leather eames chair. The industrial …