Before Netflix, we’d journey on Friday nights to the neighborhood Blockbuster for a stack of DVDs and a bag of candy. This was an essential part of many childhoods around the world. While this experience is no more, most of us recall it fondly. Now, there’s just one Blockbuster left in America—in Bend, Oregon—and folks still flock to it for flicks. We traveled to Bend to see if our memories hold true, and examined why we so often yearn for the way things used to be. Does nostalgia serve us well?
Like air, food, and water, sleep is integral to our health—and to our survival. And yet, we certainly don’t treat it that way. In fact, as a society, we’ve long been struggling with insomnia, sleep deprivation, and other forms of sleeplessness. So, why do we sleep? I take a generational look at the subject, thanks to a feature my mother, Ellie Dylan, reported exactly 40 years ago. This is a bedtime story for America—a journey through time that brings us back to the first sleep studies on REM sleep, uncovering how things got so bad, and what we can do to change our habits—and our lives. Real counting sheep included.
Where in the world has all of the silence gone? A meditation on quiet, noise, and our need to find peace within ourselves.
Deep in a forest in North Carolina lies a community of people who’ve left their jobs, given up their cell phones, and seceded. Are we living in the real world, or are they?
I spent time with some of Tokyo's loneliest people, and spoke with a few who're beginning to open up.
Remember Hawaii’s false missile alarm? We’d spent time in the state’s emergency management bunker just eighteen hours before. Here’s a story about how, if a major disaster were to *actually* happen — and our cellphones didn’t work and the internet went down — an unexpected group of hobbyists would keep us connected...and save the day.
NBC Left Field’s first collaboration with MSNBC, featuring Jacob Soboroff.
I wrote (and made a short doc) about how we—the millennials—are beginning to think about how we’ll care for our aging parents.
what does the future look like for america’s wild horses?
How the people of Kotoura, Japan (just 650 miles away from North Korea) are preparing for the worst.
watch them whip, and read how they do it. a special for The New Yorker’s annual style issue.
Across the world, almost a third of humanity can no longer see the Milky Way at night.
In 1979, my mother was twenty-seven, single, and living in New York City. Thirty-seven years later, in 2016, I was in the exact spot. Here’s a multi-generational look at the complexities of finding love in New York. <3
Before heading to Japan to pursue this story, I learned some very important lessons!
Tens of thousands of feral and stray cats roam the streets of New York. How we should deal with the overpopulation has been contentiously debated for decades. a vimeo staff pick!
They’re recognizable by their overstuffed backpacks, dogs, and cardboard panhandling signs. They’ve been given many labels: gutter punks, crusties, street kids. In New York, their base is the East Village, that longtime hub for young people on the fringes; when the weather grows cold, many will hitchhike or “hop freight” to warmer cities in the South or out West. Read the full piece.
i produced the whole series!
Meet the man behind New York City's subway announcements.
The way in which we commonly perceive so-called magic mushrooms—as the means to youthful psychedelic adventure—is undergoing a radical transformation. As Michael Pollan reports in this week’s issue of the magazine, doctors at major medical institutions have been using the hallucinogen psilocybin, the mushrooms’ active ingredient, to treat anxiety and “existential distress” in cancer patients.
we reported on the beginnings of California’s drought.
Can a cheap, portable microscope revolutionize global health?
In 1963, a patent was filed for a “smokeless non-tobacco cigarette,” but the invention never took off. Fifty years later, electronic cigarettes—e-cigs, as they’re known—have mushroomed into a billion-dollar industry. Read the full post.
one refugee’s long journey to new york. read the full post.
Richard Brody, the editor of the movies section in Goings On About Town, has been at the magazine for more than a decade. We sat down with Brody to discuss the art of critiquing, watching, and being consumed by the cinema.
what’s a surfer’s saturday at rockaway beach like?
How to properly flavor a dish is considered, by most of us, to be a vexing affair. In the kitchen, I’ve got a piece of meat, or a bowl of pasta, or a steaming vegetable, set before me; how do I season these in a surprising way? Read how to truly spice it up.