The Indy 500 Takes Its 100th Lap

"Legends of the Indy," Road & Track, May 2016
“Legends of the Indy,” Road & Track, May 2016

What began on a Tuesday morning in 1911 with 40 cars and bets on which drivers (not if) would be killed, has since, 100 years later, become known as the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing.” Read up on more than a century of racing history with highlights from the greatest men and moments in races past, or place your bets with ESPN The Magazine’s prediction of four ways the centennial race can make history from beginning to end. It’s time for drivers to fire up their engines, and The Indy to take its 100th lap.

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5 Juicy Burgers You’ll Flip Over

"Build a Better Burger," Weight Watchers, May/June 2016
“Build a Better Burger,” Weight Watchers, May/June 2016

Plain. Vegetarian. BLT. Piled high with caramelized onions. Smothered in spicy mayo. There are endless ways to fix a burger, and we’ve found five that will give new meaning to the term mouthwatering. It’s National Hamburger Day, so look no further for an excuse to whip up one of these simple and delicious burgers.  They can be made in an instant, and will be devoured faster than you can ask “do you want fries with that?”

  • Here’s one we bet you’ve never tried. A Tandoori-Grilled Cauliflower Burger topped with Cucumber Raita Spread.
  •  The Madlove Burger, piled high with candied jalapeños, won the Best of the Bash award at the country’s most intense burger competition in Miami beach.
  • Do you like mushrooms on your burger? How about in your burger? Cooking Light’s Mushroom-Beef Burger packs double the protein and half the fat.
  • Is it possible to make a meaty burger… without the meat? There’s only one way to find out. Packed with quinoa, black beans, cashews, and more, Men’s Fitness claims this the “meatiest veggie burger you’ll ever eat.”
  • Food & Wine challenges you to ‘build a better burger.’ Start with a brisket, short rib, ground beef base, and finish it off with pickled beets, pineapple, and a fried egg.

Find more unbeatable burger combos here, plus, The Story of the Hamburger. Not yet a member? Start your free trial for unlimited access to all the world’s best magazines.

A Tribute to Memorial Day

"A Fallen Soldier's Final Salute," Reader's Digest, June 2016
“A Fallen Soldier’s Final Salute,” Reader’s Digest, June 2016

With each passing summer, does Memorial Day weekend mean something different to you and your family? In my past life as an entertainment junkie, catching Olivia Munn in X-Men: Apocalypse and making my list of the best summer tunes would have been all good. After buying my own patch of green, I added no-fail container combos, crisp and bright summer trinkets, and a hammock read to my three-day routine. And as my child has grown from toddler to tween, I’ve embraced this summer bucket list and living in the cone zone. But no matter how we celebrate, we always attend our town’s Memorial Day parade and “stand in reverent stillness,” just as Cheryl MacDonald does in this lovely tribute to a fallen hero. I know you’ll also find time to honor those who’ve given so much to this country. May it be a weekend to remember.

A Sweet Salute to Memorial Day Weekend

"A Sweet Salute to Our Brave Heroes," First for Women, May 16, 2016
“A Sweet Salute to Our Brave Heroes,” First for Women, May 16, 2016

As you head into the long weekend, use these no-fail fetes to enjoy family and friends, and to honor the red, white, and blue. Put your outdoor entertaining skills to test with Southern Living’s 7 easy steps for throwing a porch party, swap out the standard BBQ menu for a summer shrimp boil, or take a stab at a patriotic cake, tiered high with strawberries, blueberries, and whipped cream, that is guaranteed to put every other item on the dessert table to shame.

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What Should You Read Today?

Why are teens attempting to swallow entire cacti? Who is the Uber driver dressed as a vampire? Also, what is “ratf–king?” Read our editor’s daily picks to find out! To read the full stories, tap the links from your phone or tablet. Not a member yet? Start your free trial here.

"#NODARETOOSTUPID," Newsweek, May 27, 2016
“#NODARETOOSTUPID,” Newsweek, May 27, 2016
  1. Why is there an ever-growing trend of teens recording themselves on social media doing dangerous dares? Is this just stupid? Nay, say the teens.

    "13 Things Lifeguards Won't Tell You," Reader's Digest, June 2016
    “13 Things Lifeguards Won’t Tell You,” Reader’s Digest, June 2016
  2. As you head for the beach or the pool, skim 13 Things Lifeguards Won’t Tell You. These tips could save the life of someone you love. 

    "An Uber-Successful Founder," Inc. Magazine, June 2016
    “An Uber-Successful Founder,” Inc. Magazine, June 2016
  3. Why did Kayak co-founder, Paul English, drive for Uber, in his Tesla, dressed as a vampire?

    "Sting of Myself," The New Yorker, May 30, 2016
    “Sting of Myself,” The New Yorker, May 30, 2016
  4. “The 2016 campaign cycle appears to be reinvigorating the political art form that Richard Nixon’s operative Donald Segretti infamously called ‘ratf–king.’” A disturbing look at how amateurish spies and dark money attempt to sway elections.

What Should You Read Today?

What do you get when you put comedians in a spelling bee, and one specific comedian with the birds? Today’s top four reads recommended by our editors.  To read the full stories, tap the links from your phone or tablet. Not a member yet? Start your free trial here.

“Andy Samberg Likes to Watch,” Outside, June 2016

 

  1. What does birding have to do with former SNL star Andy Samberg? Absolutely everything.

    "A Funnier Spelling Bee," Wired, June 2013
    “A Funnier Spelling Bee,” Wired, June 2013
  2. Has the Scripps National Spelling Bee reeled you in and kept you distracted all week? Fun fact: the organization hires professional humorists to write “use it in a sentence,” examples.

    "The 100 Most Creative People in Business," Fast Company, June 2016
    “The 100 Most Creative People in Business,” Fast Company, June 2016
  3. If you have ever spent any time in a hospital, you know that nurses truly make it all better. Now Anna Young has found a way to give these caregivers a chance to put their healing ideas into action with MakerNurse. 

    "Saving Capitalism," Time, May 23, 2016
    “Saving Capitalism,” Time, May 23, 2016
  4. The financial sector in the US currently represents 25% of all corporate profits, but creates just 4% of all jobs. Has the free market system on which our country was built come off the rails? Rana Foroohar, author of Makers and Takers, offers an insightful look at how we got here and how to fix it. Bonus: This story includes an audio option. Read or listen!

Happy Birthday, Bob Dylan!

"After the Fall," The New Yorker, November 3, 2014
“After the Fall,” The New Yorker, November 3, 2014

Some say Bob Dylan is a singer-songwriter. Others consider him an artist, a poet. In the words of Rolling Stone, he is “the most influential American musician rock & roll has ever produced.” Today the legendary icon is 75, but may he always be forever young.

Read up on the intensely famous and oddly mysterious public figure, with articles from Rolling Stone, Esquire, New York Magazine, and more, all in one of today’s featured collections here. Not yet a member? Start your free trial for unlimited access to all the world’s best magazines.

ICYMI: Ariana Grande, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Captain America Rise to the Occasion

Ariana Grande calls herself a “dangerous woman,” but she can’t hold a candle to the latest threat – sex robots. Catch up on what you missed this week in tech, in theaters, and more. To read the full features, tap the links from your phone or tablet. Not a member yet? Start your free trial here.

Captain America: Civil War passed a box-office milestone this weekend when the iconic American superhero film generated $1 billion in sales.

"Captain America: Civil War," Entertainment Weekly, April 22, 2016
“Captain America: Civil War,” Entertainment Weekly, April 22, 2016

Sex robots? Yep, we told you they’re a thing.

"The Sex Robots Are Coming," Men's Health, June 2016
“The Sex Robots Are Coming,” Men’s Health, June 2016

Ariana Grande’s new album, Dangerous Woman, was released Friday with a personalized Snapchat filter, and celebrated Sunday when the pop star delivered an outstanding performance (and minor tumble) at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards.

"Ariana Grande: Her Year of Living Dangerously," Billboard, May 28, 2016
“Ariana Grande: Her Year of Living Dangerously,” Billboard, May 28, 2016

As you know, Hamilton was nominated for a record-breaking 16 TONY’s. The writer, composer, and star of the show, Lin-Manuel Miranda, was also named Fast Company’s “Most Creative Person in Business.”

"The 100 Most Creative People in Business," Fast Company, June 2016
“The 100 Most Creative People in Business,” Fast Company, June 2016

The Britney Spears Comeback and What it Really Means

"From Tears to Triumph," OK!, May 2, 2016
“From Tears to Triumph,” OK!, May 2, 2016

Everywhere you turn, there are signs of `90s nostalgia: A Friends frenzy thanks to Netflix, the Full House reboot, Hill & Bill and all their drama, and talk of a dot-com bubble. But the best evidence we’re in a full-tilt Gen Y moment was the anxiously awaited Britney Spears’ Billboard Music Awards performance. The pop icon received the BMA’s Millennium Award (past recipients include Whitney Houston and Beyoncé) and performed a set from her Vegas show, which is already a must-see moment for thirtysomething women. The show settled a recent gossip cover showdown that depicted Spears as either a hot mess or better than ever.  And the fact is you would have to be a bit of a bitch not to be rooting for Britney right now. She wasn’t just a star behaving badly when she dove head-shaved-first into tabloid sensationalism. She was suffering from an undiagnosed bipolar disorder, surrounded by show-biz cling-ons who were manipulating her, and woefully unable to care for two small children, herself, or a multi-million dollar fortune. As the top music editor of People at the time, I had an all-access pass to her leading a trail of paparazzi on crazy car chases to Malibu and back, or her Frappuccino-fueled step-and-repeats outside every single San Fernando Valley Starbucks. When it became apparent to myself and my colleagues just how ill she was in late fall 2007, the publication pulled back from covering most of her activities until January 2008, when her parents stepped in, hospitalized her, and confirmed to the world she was suffering from mental health issues. Recently, a story in Us raised questions about her father Jamie’s continued role in her life (as well as his over $120,000-a-year salary), quoting a New York Times piece that explored the strict conservatorship the 34-year-old has lived under since those dark days. The courts will one day soon decide whether Britney’s back, but there’s no denying she and her family have coped with a paralyzing disorder, making her a role model in a way we never thought possible in 1996. That’s what you call being stronger than yesterday.   Maggie Murphy, Editorial Director                                                                           @ThatMaggieM

This Week’s Top 10: Melania Trump’s Family Secrets, Anthony Weiner’s Meltdown, and Tips to Save Your Money

Catch up on the political features, health and home tips, vacation guides, and other stories our readers loved this week! To read the full stories, tap the links from your phone or tablet. Not a member yet? Start your free trial here.

"The Bold One," Allure, June 2016
“The Bold One,” Allure, June 2016
  1. You won’t believe what you see when a psychologist peels back a layer and examines the extraordinary mind of Donald Trump.
  2. Meet Elizabeth, the other (more candid) Olsen.
  3. Weekend work list? Make the most of your space with tips from an artist and her husband.
  4. Get in on the gossip. Melania Trump dishes on her marriage and her politics.

    "Lady and the Trump," GQ, June 2016
    “Lady and the Trump,” GQ, June 2016
  5. What does New York Magazine critic David Edelman have to say about the Weiner documentary?  “We’re voyeurs at a grisly spectacle, a modern political tragicomedy… Poor Huma [Abedin]. Poor us.”
  6. Texture’s first exclusive book excerpt was a hit! What do you think of The Bridge Ladies? The true story of a mother and daughter who repair their broken relationship over the game of bridge.
  7. Good Housekeeping insists we get our color on! Spend your weekend giving these hot color combos a try.

    "Best Family Beach Vacations," Coastal Living, June 2016
    “Best Family Beach Vacations,” Coastal Living, June 2016
  8. The 5 ways you can train your brain to save… because who doesn’t want more money?
  9. School’s (almost) out for summer! A guide to the 5 best family beach vacations.
  10. Want to get your body ready for the beach and still be a total beach bum? Maybe these 10 foods will help you lose those pesky pounds.

Happy Reading!