December 2009

Features

John Mayer

The folk-pop rocker is respected as a musician, but it's his repertoire as a player—one very long list of comely exes—that most men begrudgingly envy. What will it take to make you like the guy?

Golden Girl

The sexiest officer on the Starship Enterprise, Zoë Saldana, gets spacey again as a 10-foot-tall ass-kicking alien in Avatar.

Miracle Man

20-year-old Chase Kear split open his skull in a pole-vaulting accident, the people of Colwich, Kansas, prayed for him. Then he recovered. Is the wise-cracking, beer-drinking, catfish-wrestling poon hound living proof of divine intervention?
Fashion

Carpe Denim

Buying jeans shouldn't be contingent on what the crowd is wearing. Here's how to choose a pair based on nothing more than what fits right and feels good.

Dark Matter

Lighten up a funereal look with navy and charcoal.
Know + Tell

OPENER

How to get away with speeding while wearing a monkey mask, what Jon Gosselin thinks is the proper way for a celebrity to behave, and where to locate pictures of hot chicks picking up dog shit.

DESIGN

These modern fireplaces won't turn your place into a ski lodge, but they'll make you cozier this winter.

SCENES

Richard Linklater brings teen angst to Shakespeare with Me and Orson Welles. Plus: why Zac Efron was the perfect casting choice.

Drinks

If you think cider is something sweet and flat that chicks and Brits drink, you've clearly never had the good stuff. Here's where to get it.

HEALTH

When your gym sessions start making you feel like a hamster on a wheel, mix things up with these new workouts. Plus: bespoke sneakers that don't cost more than your monthly gym membership.

FOOD

Crème brûlée's got nothing on Twinkies and whoopie pies. Where to get the best adult versions of your grade-school favorites. Plus: in praise of the Hostess CupCake.

Tech

State-of-the-art toys with an old-school look, like Leica cameras and compact televisions, you might want to ask Santa for this year.

WORDS

Forty years later, Stanley Kubrick's never-completed film is now a 10-volume, 3,000-page epic. Plus: new books from Douglas Coupland, Alex Lemon, and Julie Powell.

SOUNDS

Rivers Cuomo on how Weezer's latest album, Raditude, will make you want to party. Plus: The king of Korean pop takes America, and new releases from Norah Jones and "Weird Al" Yankovic.

TRAVEL

A new breed of long-term lodgings that feel more like five-star hotels than nondescript corporate apartments.

Style
Black tie doesn't have to mean black tux. Also: gunmetal watches, the perfect gift for the fairer sex, and an underwear debriefing.
Dossier

Naughty Shul Girls

Why corn-fed middle-American gentiles' new fetish is the hot Jewess.

Confessions of a Corporate Spy

When CEOs broker confidential deals on the golf course, they tend not to notice the secret agents hired by rival companies to listen in.

The Rise of the Gay Douchebag

Straight guys don't have a monopoly on d-bag behavior: Meet the douchefag, a vacuous, preening party boy who's taken gay to depths of tackiness Carson Kressley never dreamed of.

One Man's Wife, ANother Man's Babies

Would you rent out your wife's womb for $20,000? For the husbands of surrogate mothers, pregnancy is more than a little complicated.

EVERYONE ELSE IS CHEATING—WHY AREN'T YOU?

It's not just politicians and late-night hosts who stray. It's anything with a penis. And Americans are finally figuring out that monogamy is a myth.

WISEGUY: Jackson Browne

The iconic California rocker on the nurse who loved him (at 16 years old), influencing Warren Zevon, and hating heroin.

LAST CALL: Justin Bieber

The new tween idol's R&B jams are everywhere, including on your girlfriend's iPod.
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