This Monday we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. It’s an opportunity to reflect on civil and human rights, and ways in which we can, like MLK, improve the world around us.
It’s also an opportunity to read a bunch of really good, really long stories. Four of those, plus 12 more reads equally worthy of your dedicated relaxation time below.
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Next Issue Picks
Netflix Flips the Script
Just when Hollywood thought it had Netflix figured out, that “red envelope” company flipped the script, creating a playbook for any business that aspires to upend an industry. It’s about to do it again.
The Agony and the Ecstasy
Joaquin Phoenix hates talking to journalists. When he told this writer, “I have to go to the bathroom,” she wasn’t sure he’d come back. Bradley Cooper, on the other hand, could talk about films “for hours and hours.” Striking differences, and some interesting similarities, revealed.
Meet the New (Kick-Ass, In Control) Single Girl
With 55 million single women in the U.S. and marriage rates plummeting, being on your own is no longer a layover on the way to oh-so-glorious partnered bliss: It’s just a way of life. Welcome to the new (single) girl order.
As flying private grows increasingly popular, it turns out it’s not the tiny planes we should be nervous about. It’s the pilots—and the pushy clients they cater to—who can turn the ultimate luxury into the ultimate disaster.
Long Reads for the Long Weekend
The Anxiety Closet
He looks like a jerk, talks like a jerk, and acts like a jerk, but could he really just be angst-ridden? A look at the unchartered territory of male anxiety.
A Superb Meteor
Josh Dean went to Alaska to hang out with Lance Mackey, the toughest competitor in sled race history. He came away with a new understanding of resilience, bravery, and the iron bond between a musher and his dogs.
A Dangerous Mind
When do awful thoughts, shared with complete strangers, become criminal actions? The troubling case—in every direction—of the “Cannibal Cop.”
Music: Aces of Bass
Two legendary music producers made a fortune selling headphones, and now they want to take on Apple and Google. Beats wants to become your music-obsessed friend who is always recommending great new albums.
Get Inspired: New Hobbies for the New Year
The red-rock sanctuary of Sedona, Arizona might be mostly known for its spirituality, but it is increasingly attracting riders in search of sublime singletrack. Aspire to tread these expert trails and start your mountain biking training now.
Great Deer Stories
Divided into chapters that represent the most elemental stages of a deer hunt: anticipation, pursuit, and harvest. Individually, the chapters are enjoyable in their own way. Read together, the narrative builds from tale to tale. Collectively, they tell one great deer story that may inspire you to pick up the hunt yourself.
The Yoga Revolution
With some 20 million Americans practicing yoga, from professional athletes to firefighters and schoolchildren, here’s a look at 21 ways, big and small, yoga is changing the way we live now. Are you missing out?
Picture This: Twilight Time
Shutterbug’s “Picture This!” assignment this month was to capture the moments when the light of the rising or setting sun creates a magical light—always a delight for photographers. Take your photography to the next level.
Cozy Comfort Foods for the Winter Months
Take It Slow
No doubt you already have some slow-cooker favorites in your online recipe box, but who couldn’t use more new dinner ideas? Here are a few of the greatest hits from Allrecipes.com, as well as some hidden gems that deserve your attention.
Indulge in your favorite stick-to-your-ribs pub food. Classic (and high calorie) recipes turned into healthy meals you can dig into anytime.
Soup & Bread
The winter months just beg for comfort food that’s good for your belly and for your soul. And that’s exactly what soup is for. See just how easy it is to put together a big bubbling pot of soup and a toasty quick bread to match.
The New Southern Supper Club
If you resolved to entertain more in 2014, then a cozy winter night is the perfect reason to gather friends and start your own supper club. Here, a proven strategy to make the party last.