Fashion Advertising: Controversy — Where Has It Gone? by Lisa Lockwood (with contributions from Cynthia Martens, Lauren McCarthy)
After shifts from the shocking and suggestive to the socially conscious and aspirational, the fashion industry has entered a new state of advertising: tame.
How Secret Societies Stay Hidden On the Internet by Matt King
Inside the surreal recruitment process of a legendary club—or something like it—at New York University
A Tiny Club’s Uneasy Rise by Raphael Minder
Eibar, a small soccer team with a 5,250 seat stadium is entering Spain’s top division, La Liga. And it’s been a pain in the ass.
Photograph by Markel Redondo for The New York Times
The Greatest Double Agent in History by Alex Mayyasi
For his valor during World War II, Juan Pujol Garcia received awards from both Adolf Hitler and King George VI.
The Pickpocket’s Tale by Joseph Goldstein
As younger thieves turn to high-tech crimes, one of New York’s old-fashioned wallet snatchers recalls his decades-long career, from behind bars.
Inside the Crumbling 5 Pointz by Tessa Stuart
The Queens Graffiti Mecca 5 Pointz Was Never Just About the Painting on the Outside
Live from the Graffiti Underground by Jamie Maleszka
Decades before street artists like Banksy could ignite an Internet firestorm and fetch millions, three guys with a video camera and a stack of VHS tapes set out to share the gritty story of NYC graffiti.
No, No, Nine-Ettes by James Wolcott
The 90s-nostalgia boomlet that blossomed last year—online, across the cable dial, and in the fashion pages—says as much about the future as it does about the decade of Seinfeld and the Starr Report, of Gingrich and grunge. And it reveals how nostalgia itself has changed.
Lance Armstrong in Purgatory: The After-Life by Joel H. Richardsoon
After a great fall, what do we remember? We remember the cheating, and the lies. We remember the cult of personality that we eagerly embraced, and then felt betrayed by. But what of the man who fell? What about the work he didn’t cheat at? What about the 16 years Lance Armstrong spent building a global cancer advocacy? Did it matter? Does it still? Does it matter that Livestrong, the foundation that kicked him out, now wants him back? Do we care what happens to the great work a man has done, after a great fall?
Zoo Animals and Their Discontents by Alex Halberstadt
Do donkeys get depressed? Are some aoudads anxious? And what can a zoo’s shrink do to help ease their minds?
Photo by Robin Schwartz for The New York Times
A Quest for the Secret Origins of Lost Video-Game Levels by Heidi Kemps
How one writer returned a pirated Sonic the Hedgehog game cartridge to its original architect
Embedded With Adidas’ Social Media Team at the World Cup in Rio by Julie Ruvolo
Striving to Be the Most Talked-About Brand At the Tournament
Ambient Genius by Sasha Frere-Jones
The working life of Brian Eno.
The World Cup of Dirty Dreams: Inside Brazil’s Most Infamous Brothel by Amos Barshad
Full of beautiful women and XXX behavior, Rio de Janeiro’s Centaurus has enticed celebrities, soccer stars and anyone else willing to pay a fee and go inside. We go behind the doors of a scandalous sin palace
A Century of American Soccer Anxiety by Ian Crouch
Sportswriters have spent more than a century fretting and fighting about soccer and its place in American culture.
Stepping Out by David Sedaris
Living the Fitbit life.
Rolling Nowhere, Part Two by Ted Conover
A quasi-legal, father-son mission to train-hop through the changing American West