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Blood Brothers

The recipe for a hit television show is simple: one part sex, two parts blood, and three parts played by actors Stephen Moyer, Ryan Kwanten, and Alexander Skarsgård. The men of True Blood explain how they make the magic happen.

West End Girl

With back-to-back roles in Clash of the Titans and Prince of Persia, sultry British actress Gemma Arterton is set to assume the throne as queen of the action-fantasy epic.

The Home Stretch

How a gravity-defying modern addition transformed one tiny house.

To Catch a Thief

Ignacio Peña Del Río could have relied on his elite boarding-school education and business degree to make his millions. Instead, he picked up a sledgehammer, a blowtorch, and some bolt cutters and became one of the country's most prolific and notorious cat burglars.
Fashion

City Slickers

These modern, tailored waterproof parkas are your best defense against the elements this spring.

At Ease

Loosen up without sacrificing your cool in rumpled blazers, subtly patterned pants, and relaxed scoop-neck tees.
Know + Tell

OPENER

A new sword-swallowing record, cashmere toilet paper, and a website that proves hipsters can be adorable—if they're puppies.

DESIGN

Multitasking glassware, a great place to get your Polaroid fix, and a museum show dedicated to the beauty of the bicycle.

SCENES

Britain's new Kick-Ass actor, the docs you can't miss, and film festivals that are actually about the films.

DRINKS

A barrel of whiskey made to your personal specifications, high-end ice by mail, and the best wines to serve at your next dinner party.

FOOD

Manchego and Bûcheron are old news. Here's how to take your knowledge of cheese to the next level, along with all the essential tools, crackers, and accompaniments.

TRAVEL

Forget Tulum. The Mexican destination of the moment is a revived blast from the past: Acapulco. Also: an indispensable travel clock, and the yelp of airport dining.

TECH

The aesthetic pleasures of vacuum-tube audio, the best way to watch TV on your iPhone, and the app that gives you turn-by-turn GPS directions to the nearest In-N-Out Burger.

WORDS

The seven must-read books of the summer (none of which will embarrass you on the beach), indie releases delivered to your door, and highbrow, grown-up book covers.

Style
This month, loosen up with classic white sneakers, a new generation of lightweight gray sweatshirts, and a fresh alternative to gingham and plaid. Plus: how to clean yourself up in one minute flat, sage advice from fashion's most influential brothers, and the tie-dyed bag designed for the jet set.
Dossier

Sweat Shop

Smart, successful men just like you are seeking out New age sweat lodges and shamans to purge themselves of their physical—and emotional—ills. But can two hours at 200 degrees really solve your problems?

The New Thrill Pill

A class of drugs meant to combat Parkinson's disease and restless leg syndrome have a curious side effect: the uncontrollable desire to drink, gamble, and screw. Some say they can even produce the elusive male multiple orgasm.

The Most Hated Man on Facebook

Mark Pincus is responsible for games like FarmVille and Mafia Wars—the most annoying part of your day—but his peers in Silicon Valley will tell you that his true sin is shamelessly chasing a quick buck.

WISEGUY: Rufus Wainwright

The operatic showman on being a tit man, his dream date with 50 Cent, and trading an addiction to crystal meth for an addiction to maple syrup.

LAST CALL: Nicki Minaj

Hip-hop has a new booty shaker. Lil Wayne's lip-glossed protégée is taking center stage.
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