August 2013


Ryan Reynolds Gets His Swagger Back

The rare star who checks all the boxes—handsome, smart, funny, married to Blake Lively—the 36-year-old Canadian is also one of Hollywood's most unassuming actors. This month, Reynolds stars in the action comedy R.I.P.D., but it's upcoming art-house fare like Queen of the Night and The Voices that takes him out of his comfort zone into what he calls "shit-your-pants fear." Add this to the list: He's got balls, too.

The Futurists

What do eight of the planet's most visionary thinkers see in our future? Tiny robots that free us from disease, brain downloads that make us immortal, floating islands with experimental forms of government. And, if we're not careful, the apocalypse.

Mesmerize. Enthrall. Spellbind. Enamor. Magnetize.

At a secluded Buddhist monastery deep in the mountains of Brazil, you can learn the mysterious practice of Red Tara, which bestows the power of magnetization. When you can attract wealth, influence, and, most of all, romance, can trouble be far behind?

Hide And Seek

Fitted, chic leather jackets that look great from any angle.

Pattern Recognition

Vary your color palette and reach for these tailored classics in check, plaid, or houndstooth.
Last Call

Shailene Woodley

The Sundance darling who stole the show (from George Clooney, no less) in The Descendants does it again in this month's The Spectacular Now.
Know & Tell

The Obsession

Summer's most sublimely delicious beach treat, the lobster roll.


The fade is in—high-end furnishings that make the gradient.


Surf's up . . . in the city. A guide to the new wave of gourmet fish shacks cropping up in a downtown near you.


The daisy, a classic 19th-century cocktail, is making a very refreshing comeback.


Five jaw-dropping European roads and the cars to drive them in style.

The Breakout

Michael B. Jordan has already wowed fans of The Wire and Friday Night Lights, but his performance in Fruitvale Station will have people talking Oscar.

The Big Idea

TV's most tired re-run: small-screen snobs insisting that the foreign originals are superior to the American remakes.

The Yes List

Six things in culture we emphatically endorse this month.

The Primer

The tiny music labels that are putting the majors to shame.


John Malkovich imparts some existential wisdom from his father, William Faulkner, and Bernie Madoff.

Fall Preview

A first look at the season's new essentials: the sweaters, coats, jeans, and boots sure to be autumn staples. Plus: expert advice on mastering your mane, and turn-of-the-season obsessions from tastemakers like Miguel and Kim Jones.
The Body


Brazilian actor Rodrigo Santoro shows you how to sculpt the perfect surfer's bod without dipping a board in the water.


You're so vain, you probably think this piece is about you. Well, it is. A look at the pros and cons of narcissism.


Sweat in style with clothes, shoes, and accessories tailored to your workout.


Saying yes—and then no—to starches may be the fastest way to lose weight and build lean muscle. Ready to start carb cycling?

Vital Signs

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