39 editions of #WeekendReads.
624 hand-selected stories.
32 of our favorites.
From eye-opening investigations and scandalous revelations, to entertaining never-thought-you’d-need-to-know-that tidbits and mesmerizing photos—and everything in between—these are the stories that transported us to another world. And because you get unlimited access to back issues, you can flip back anytime and relive these great stories.
Merry magazines and happy reading!
(in alphabetical order by magazine)
The Best View in Every State
Backpacker | September
Outdoor experts nationwide weighed in on the sweetest backcountry vista in their corner of the union. The result? Fifty unforgettable views and a Top 10 list that will fill memory cards around many a campfire.
Bon Appétit | October
In a joint exploration, BA teamed up with Wired to dig deep on one of their favorite subjects: Umami, the savory “fifth taste” experienced when chewing a perfectly seared steak or nibbling a hunk of Parmesan. Find out more about this mystery flavor and try it for yourself (more recipes in Wired, Oct.).
Best of the Year: 550+ Top Products
Consumer Reports | November
More than 550 recommended TVs, cameras, tablets, laptops, ranges, dishwashers, fitness equipment, and more in almost two dozen categories. Don’t miss the Great Buys in the middle of each page for top notch, reasonably priced picks.
The Church of the Jedi
Details | November
In the years after the first Star Wars trilogy, a group of dedicated followers built their own religion: Jediism. Facing persecution and ridicule, tens of thousands of faithfuls believe in the power of the Force and adhere to the Jedi Code. Away put your prejudices, because seriously devoted they are.
The Real Action Hero
ELLE | November
“I’ve seen Whitney work miracles,” Ben Affleck says. “If my daughters turn out half as great as she is, I will be thrilled.” Meet the tireless and amazing Whitney Williams, who has built a model for Hollywood philanthropy. One that really works.
The Bodies We Want
ESPN The Magazine | July 22
ESPN‘s fifth annual ode to exceptional athletic form includes Courtney Force, John Wall, Colin Kaepernick, Tarah Gieger and many, many more beautiful (naked) people.
Esquire Fiction: 106 Stories
Esquire | June
Original short fiction from the world’s greatest writers including Colum McCann, Salman Rushdie, and more—all with the title “How To Be A Man.” The result is the biggest literary event of the year.
A Real-Life Scandal
Essence | November
When Detroit’s mayor and his female chief of staff lied under oath about their affair, they were both sent to jail. Christine Beatty, the woman at the center of the headline-making “sexting” case, reveals what really went on behind the scenes and what it took for her to reclaim her life.
50 States, 50 Ice Cream Treats
Food Network Magazine | July/August
Back in July, we had only one thing on our minds (besides magazines): ice cream. And Food Network Magazine was nice enough to provide a delicious list (with photos to match) of the best frozen desserts in every state, so we could have one no matter where we were.
Yes We Cannabis
Fortune | April 8
Galvanized by relaxed marijuana laws, investors and entrepreneurs are firing up a new industry. Which companies are going to rise to the top?
She’s a Natural
Geek | #8
Oddities hunter Nancy Smith spends her Sundays looking for animal skeletons and skulls, antique medical equipment, preserved organs, human bones and teeth, and creepy dolls to resell at her natural history and curio store, Necromance.
The Killer Has Second Thoughts
GQ | August
Anyone remember Thomas Quick from Sweden? Eight-time convicted murderer, with a resume of stabbing, strangling, rape, incest, and cannibalism? He’s been silent for almost a decade, but now he has something new to confess. And maybe he’s not so bad after all.
Rob Ford’s Wild Ride
Maclean’s | November 18
“Yes, I have smoked crack. Am I addicted? No. Have I tried it? Probably in one of my drunken stupors.” Inside the greatest political train wreck of our time: Mayor Rob Ford of Toronto.
Reinventing the Human Machine
Men’s Fitness | December/January
Thirty years ago, MIT scientist Hugh Herr lost his lower legs in a climbing accident. But he also found the purpose of his life: to use technology to make disability disappear. This year, after the Boston Marathon bombings, his mission took on a new urgency.
Camp Like a Star
Midwest Living | May/June
There’s a certain community that flourishes within the grill smoke of a campground. Visit even one of the 24 campgrounds picked as the Midwest’s best, and you start to see the appeal.
Where Unlimited Badassery Abounds
More | June
Welcome to More‘s for-crying-out-loud just-do-it-already blowout special, featuring women that have hurled themselves out of their comfort zone and into a brave new world.
New York Magazine | November 11
He’d blown the first debate. Now he was on the verge of blowing the second and risking his reelection. In an excerpt from their new book, “Double Down,” Mark Halperin and John Heilemann describe the moment when a president was talked away from the edge.
O’s Hair Extravaganza
O, The Oprah Magazine | September
“Pay attention to your hair. Because everyone else will.” Well said, Hillary Clinton. Women of all ages, step right up for O’s awe-inspiring, thoughtfully inquiring, texture-taming, curl-twirling, one-and-only ultimate hair extravaganza.
World’s Most Beautiful Woman
People | May 6
Iron Man 3 star and cookbook author Gwyneth Paltrow shares all her beauty, diet and exercise tips. Plus, other recognizable faces share their favorite stay-beautiful tips. Bonus digital content includes behind-the-scenes video from the beauty photo shoot.
How Not to Die (At Least Not Today)
Popular Mechanics | October
Accidents are the leading cause of death among U.S. men 18 to 50 years old. Staying alive requires recognizing danger, feeling fear, and reacting. Here, 20 easy-to-miss risks, and how to avoid or survive them.
869 New Uses for Old Things
Real Simple | Special Edition
When readers rhapsodize about their love for Real Simple, this section of the magazine is invariably one of the first things mentioned. New Uses for Old Things has served as a sort of beacon for staff members and readers alike. It has “smart,” “surprising,” and “good for the earth” all wrapped into one. What more could you want?
Sexting, Shame and Suicide
Rolling Stone | September 26
“On the last day of her life, Audrie Pott walked through a crucible of teenage torment. A curvaceous sophomore at Saratoga High School, she looked the same as always, but inside she was quivering with humiliation.” A shocking tale of sexual assault in the Digital Age.
Leading Off: Boston—In Photos and Words
Sports Illustrated | April 22
This SI “Leading Off” photo section is dedicated to images from the Boston marathon. Digital extra from the SI vault: 1996 Atlanta Olympics bombing.
The Power of 1
Sunset | September
The ultimate guide to 735 gorgeous miles of California’s epic Highway 1, including essential stops, astonishing history, and transporting stories.
Teen Vogue | June/July
The message is clear: Texting and driving can be fatal. So why do teens continue to pick up their phones behind the wheel?
The New Yorker | December 9
The Reid Technique has influenced nearly every aspect of modern police interrogations, resulting in as much as eighty percent of suspect confessions. But this style might actually be responsible for an alarming number of wrongful convictions.
100 Best New Home Products 2013
This Old House | November/December
Nine pages of ingenious, hard-working, truly useful products to make do-it-yourself jobs easier. Solutions for the kitchen and bath, tools, home tech, outdoor living, building products, and finishing touches. Plus the latest must-have apps.
100 Most Influential People in the World
TIME | April 29
For the 10th year, Time honors a breadth of globally influential luminaries. This year’s picks range from Malala Yousafzai to Jay Z. See all seven special edition covers.
The Body in Room 348
Vanity Fair | May
When Grey Fleniken was found dead in Beaumont, Texas, police were mystified by the condition of the corpse. It took private investigator Ken Brennan to figure out the whodunit – and, more shockingly, how.
Hail to the Chief
Vogue | September
As she works to reverse the fortunes of a failing Silicon Valley giant, Yahoo’s Marissa Mayer has fueled a national debate about office life, motherhood, and what it takes to be the CEO of the moment.
Stranger Than Paradise
W Magazine | May
Check out Tilda Swinton’s surreal fashion adventure. In photographs by Tim Walker and inspired by artists including Salvador Dali, Giorgio de Chirico, and Leonora Carrington.
This I Believe: An Essay by Bill Gates
Wired | December
“I believe that every life is valuable. That we can make things better. That innovation is the key to a bright future. That we’re just getting started.” He’s also a little obsessed with fertilizer, but he tries not to talk about that too much at cocktail parties.