The New Yorker
The tiny Irish village where Barack Obama will always be president.
Wealth and poverty and tech and dirty needles and church.
California Sunday Magazine
Director Mike Mills hunts for his past.
San Francisco Chronicle / SFGate.com
The former president’s biggest hater — and employee.
In a straighter realm, a Bay Area wanderer is lost for good.
Becoming your own Willy Wonka
America’s poet-in-chief tries to capture the national mood.
New York Times
A weekend in the Mission District.
Arcosanti, Arizona’s never-finished experimental city.
Among the chefs, cowboys, chickens, mongooses, fictional gorillas and other outsiders of Kauai.
Michael Skrzypek’s strange encounter with the universal dream.
A summer camp for grownups in need of digital detox.
Adventure and misadventure on Northern California’s Delta.
Peasant cooking, in Oakland.
David Geffen’s improvement on Billionaires’ Beach.
A short review of Gabe Hudson’s story collection.
On becoming the long battle.
A strange subset of the fathers’ rights movement insists the growing number of sex abuse allegations obscures a deeper truth.
311’s window onto San Francisco’s secret heart.
A twice-convicted felon makes a clean break from prison. Sort of.
The tragic, miraculous and then unbelievable true story of Hollywood producer Simon Lewis.
Yelpification, ubiquitous appraisal and our culture of critique.
New York Times
A scribble on a slip of paper becomes a mystery.
A profile of the Velvet Underground founder.
Inside the secret world of private train travel.
Doing something about the weather
New York TImes
Navigating playground real estate
Los Angeles has changed.
The radical, sometimes naked Austrian, at last in the United States.
Cruising the Rhine in end times.
Learning to stop being a loser and start getting the big bucks.
Every city needs a lake, and every lake needs a $22 million restaurant on its shores.
AfarAll you need is gezelligheid.
A plea for the revision of sex talk.
What happened to Fremont mechanic Hamid Sayadi after 9/11?
The life of an irritatingly likable international inspiration.
Women's Health Magazine
As the grandson of the Gerber Baby, I was expected to produce a mashed peas eater myself. I wasn’t convinced.
A Living Wage campaign shakes up Harvard.
Salon.com’s long-running advice columnist hit bottom so you don’t have to.
San Francisco Magazine
Introducing Scary Cow, San Francisco’s socialist meritocracy where awful and wonderful alien movies get made.
Busing through the Deep South with the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus
Samin Nosrat’s bid to become the Iranian Martha Stewart.
Never trust a stranger with $50.
A defense of FOMO.
Chris Colin writes about mutiny, dark history and the redemption of a strange fruit in the latest issue of Saveur
A controversy and a revolution in the world of blind movie watching.
On visual art made by the visually impaired.
In solitary confinement for 34 years, Herman Wallace architects an alternate reality.
How fancy Mezcal is changing everything in the villages of Oaxaca
The former Yugoslav republic made 18,000 people disappear in the blink of an eye.
Tracking down the human behind the wasteful Neosporin travel tote.
A funky old surf town re-brands itself as Surf City USA.
Weekend travel guide to the Northern California wine region.
On San Francisco’s dingy old strip of motels, in the Sunday Travel section.
A week in Iceland’s capital gets freaky.
Reconciling Sarajevo with Iraq: Toward a consistent feminist foreign policy. (Broadsheet blog entry)
Barbecue’s co-opting of feminism.
Why aren’t all these people working?
San Francisco’s forgotten year.
In a square mile of West Texas, vanishing roots of a wilder America. Afar magazine.
Hiking 20 mountainous Sardinian miles in the dark for the world’s rarest pasta
In the mountains of Peru, an ayahuasca retreat tailor-made for the startup set.
Looking for a stolen horse.
In which I open a restaurant in my house, for a night.
How sausage is made.
A word lover in search of the planet’s most atrocious sentences.
One last river-shooting hurrah before the baby makes us hibernate.
To paraphrase Charlton Heston, some damn dirty apes come to the land of Pollock.
Coastal foraging in the Oregon fog.
A review of the V.S. Naipaul novel.
On the bus with the co-housing tourists.
Cozy soup in the bone-chilling gloom.
The Gehry-ization of the awful old cat tree.
It’s ugly. But only from the outside.
Raised like a son by a New York family as part of a language experiment, Nim Chimpsky was shipped away when funds ran out.
Jumping ship in order to clean them.
Home sellers invent a surreally perfect psychological space.
Outside Baltimore, the nation’s first public high school dedicated to homeland security.
Conde Nast Portfolio
Ex-Google exec David Friedberg is applying Google-like technology to allow all types of businesses to hedge their exposure to the elements.