This week Sports Illustrated released their 50th Anniversary Swimsuit Issue. Fifty years—that’s an impressive milestone. And a whole lot of nearly naked ladies. You don’t want to miss it (or the three other new special issues, featured below).
Did you catch our Community Picks last week’s #WeekendReads? We’re all about building a community of avid readers who love to share the great stories they find. If you want to be a guest curator, email us and we’ll fill you in on the details. (Did we mention participation earns you a free Next Issue t-shirt? We prefer our community members to be in uniform, thank you.)
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Next Issue Picks
Eye candy for men and women: A sleepily seductive slideshow of bed-ready celebrities, with the Twitter and Instagram handles to match, so you can get in on some serious social networking. Photos by @mertalas and @macpiggott.
The Shadow of Your Smile
A fast and funny read from David Sedaris, who knows lighting is about mood, and much more. “I shared an apartment with a straight guy named Rusty, who was terrific in every respect except one: He liked overhead lights…”
The World's 50 Most Innovative Companies
The annual guide to the businesses that matter most: #1 Google (duh); #4 Dropbox; #10 Yelp; #28 Square; #39 GoPro; #44 iRobot. Plus, the 10 most innovative companies in the 10 hottest sectors.
Gyno Update: 4 Out of 5 Women Will Get HPV
If there was a shot to ward off cancer and STIs, you’d get it, right? Well, there is one…and hardly anybody seems to want it. “Cosmo” reports on what’s scaring women away from the HPV vaccine and answers all your questions on this super-common, super-confusing germ.
Interviews & Portraits
Nickelodeon’s twisted genius, Dan Schneider, made Miranda Cosgrove, Jamie Lynn Spears, Ariana Grande, and Amanda Bynes stars. After a 20-year streak of hits (“All That,” “iCarly,” “Drake & Josh”), he’s facing competition from small-screen imitators and smartphones. Time to play.
Mayors of the Year: His Worship
You may have wondered how it is that Rob Ford, the mayor of Toronto, has not been shamed from office. Here’s how. And why, he says, things are likely to get even uglier.
The Cute One
An essay by Molly Ringwald, the leading lady of “Sixteen Candles,” “The Breakfast Club,” and “Pretty in Pink,” and, surprisingly, the self-conscious redhead in a family of confident blue-eyed blondes. “One day, I snaked up the courage to ask my mother point-blank if she thought I was beautiful…’Molly, you’re cute.'”
He Ran These Streets
Kevin Castille spent a decade selling crack cocaine before getting serious about running. Now, at age 41, he’s setting one record after the other. This is the unlikely making of America’s top masters runner.
DId You See These Special Issues?
The Legends: A Portfolio
More than 20 cover models walked into a room…and all kinds of awesomeness broke out. Behold, for you will never see a collection of beautiful women like this in one place again. (And because this is the 50th Anniversary Swimsuit Issue, there are about 255 more pages just like this, but with less clothing.)
Cinema Tarantino: The Making of Pulp Fiction
Two decades ago, “Pulp Fiction” set off a cinematic revolution, changing the lives of John Travolta, Bruce Willis, Uma Thurman, Samuel L. Jackson, and Bob and Harvey Weinstein. Here’s how the job went down.
Wear This to That
This spring style guide is pure “Southern Living:” Nashville then and now, Hayden Panettiere’s floral frocks, beauty buys inspired by Reese Witherspoon, and, here, how to dress like a local at Nashville’s most iconic haunts.
Chapter 4: Updos
This is the ultimate hair guide. Blowouts, curls and waves, ponytails, braids, and wild styles—six chapters, 41 styles, and all the instructions you need to duplicate these looks. Our favorite: updos.
Go Do This
Tim Cebula, omnivore, switched to an all-plant diet with expert help from well-known vegan chefs. He went in growling, but came out crowing. And you could too—give it a go.
Navigator: Whale Watching
Whale watching? Why not! Bring a camera, binoculars, and your sense of wonder to these six destinations where excitement is in large supply.
This spring, try a ride that results in giddy laughter, high fives, and well-earned beers at the bottom. Oakridge, Oregon has $500,000 in grant money, 320 miles of singletrack, and the hope that the business of mountain biking will help revive the one-time boomtown.
The Olympics bring out the flag-waving, Team USA-cheering amateur athlete in almost everyone. You watched the Winter Games on TV, but it’s easier than you’d think to experience the thrill of victory firsthand at one of these sporty cities. Bobsled ride, anyone?