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February 2013

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Garrett Hedlund:
Road Scholar

The 28-year-old Midwesterner is a walking contradiction, a free spirit with intense discipline and drive: Early on, Hedlund realized that to stand out from all the other would-be stars with matinee-idol looks, he had to be smarter than they were—so he hit the books. That's why, even though he's gained attention in big-budget epics like Troy and Tron: Legacy, his breakout turn in the long-gestating adaptation of Jack Kerouac's On the Road represents his true coming-out party.

Warning: You Might Get Sued For Reading This Story

At least you'd be in good company: The 36-year-old compulsive litigant and convicted fraudster Jonathan Lee Riches has gone after everyone from the Kardashians (for allegedly assaulting him) to LeBron James (for failing to provide a UFO-defense system for Riches' prison) en route to racking up more frivolous lawsuits than anyone in history—5,000 and counting. Some call him crazy; others applaud him for taking on the legal system. One thing's for sure: The law's not slowing him down.

The Gold Diggers

After the global economic meltdown sent precious-metal prices skyrocketing, a new generation of well-turned-out prospectors with varying backgrounds—financial whizzes, high-end restaurateurs, ex-Navy SEALS—headed west to follow in the footsteps of the legendary forty-niners, gripped by a fever for gold that no one can resist.
Fashion

On the Run

Track- and road-ready running attire that will give you a rush even before you work out.

Picture Perfect

Monochromatic dressing is an effortless way to give yourself a distinctive, eye-catching look.
Last Call

Charli XCX

The up-and-coming goth prodigy is already a jaded veteran of the East London rave scene, but she's still got love for Baby Spice.
Know & Tell

The Obsession

Welcome to the newest trend in the foodie world: gourmet markets that serve intimate dinners at tables set up in the aisles.

Food

A guide to the high-end grocers that offer fabulous feasts on their premises, using ingredients pulled straight from the shelves.

Tech

Now Leica lets you customize one of its most popular cameras in living color. Plus: six hotels where the technology goes beyond in-room Wi-Fi.

Design

It's not just for roads and bridges anymore—today, concrete is being used to create some of the sexiest housewares around.

Drinks

Whatever your preference, there's a watering hole for you in this roundup of America's best new bars. Plus: the drinking trends to know.

Auto

Finally, manufacturers are offering models that go easy on the environment and the eyes. Plus: coming soon, the car that runs on water.

Culture

The Breakout

The Australian actor Jason Clarke is blowing up, thanks to star turns in the finding–bin Laden movie Zero Dark Thirty, the upcoming adaptation of The Great Gatsby, and other red, white, and blue-themed fare.

The Big Idea

Why the entertainment industry keeps feeding us stories about the familiar yet terrifying world of cults—and why we keep lapping them up.

The Director

Roman Coppola has no regrets about casting his old pal Charlie Sheen as the romantic lead in this month's A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III. Plus: the filmmaker's cultural diet.

The Yes List

Six things in culture we emphatically endorse this month.

Wiseguy

Josh Groban is not merely a balladeer who makes women of a certain age weak in the knees—he's also a wisecracker par excellence, with lots to say about Kanye West, Lindsay Lohan, Katy Perry, and the art of douchebaggery.
Style

Special Section: Spring Preview

Get a jump start on the season with the five trends taking menswear by storm: the easygoing patterned double-breasted blazer, performance sneakers worn with a suit, a new breed of elevated sportswear, well-cut trucker jackets in non-denim materials, and a fresh wave of elegant blue suiting. Plus: Z Zegna's Paul Surridge offers his tips for transitioning into spring, four upstart fashion lines to know, and everything we love right now in the world of style.
The Body

Fitness

Pool your assets: This water-based cardio-and-strength regimen will get you slim and sculpted, fast. Ready to take the plunge?

Grooming

Yellow teeth are a total turnoff. Here, the four best whiteners on the market.

Psyche

Hardworking, successful guys are at particular risk of falling prey to panic attacks. Could you be next?

News & Notes

All the stats, tips, and need-to-know info for staving off colds and flu.

Nutrition

Why are so many health-conscious trendsetters becoming pescatarians? Their fish-centric diet will do wonders for your heart, your waistline, and even your sex life.
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