Say you want someone, you know, eliminated —a lover, a business partner, a mother-in-law. There are guys out there who will do that. For a price. Then there’s another kind of guy. A guy who looks and acts just like a regular hit man. Prison tats, do-rag. But instead of doing the job, he turns sides and then you realize that you were his target all along…
This is Emo by Chuck Klosterman - No woman will ever satisfy me. I know that now, and I would never try to deny it. But this is actually okay, because I will never satisfy a woman, either.
Deeply, Truly (but Not Physically) in Love by Lauren Slater - A personal account of the difficulties of maintaining a relationship when the sex has dried up.
Farting in Love by Tracy Clark-Flory - It’s a dreaded but inevitable stage in every relationship: Admitting the basic fact of our human digestive tracts.
Do I Love My Wife? by A. J. Jacobs - What an MRI scanner can tell you about the meaning of love
If You Go Chasing Rabbits… by Gene Weingarten - You know you’re going to fall. Here’s what happens when a middle-aged man tries to find the girl he loved. In second grade.
The Body in Room 348 by Mark Bowden - The corpse at the Eleganté Hotel stymied the Beaumont, Texas, police. They could find no motive for the killing and no explanation for how he had received his strange internal injuries…
The Case of the Vanishing Blonde by Mark Bowden - How did a 21-year-old blonde disappear from a hotel room, unseen by security cameras?
The Truck Stop Killer by Vanessa Veselka - He was methodical, he rode the highways, and he preyed on teenage girls. Girls who’d run away. Girls no one would miss. In the summer of 1985, the author was such a girl…
The Sicario by Charles Bowden - A Juárez hit man speaks.
This is Paradise by Jeanne Marie Laskas - Centuries of heedless gorging and historic wastefulness have left us with an intractable environmental problem: What to do with our trash?
The Prophet of Garbage by Michael Behar - Joseph Longo’s Plasma Converter turns trash into clean energy - and promises to make a relic of the landfill.
Plastic Ocean by Susan Casey - A vast swath of the Pacific, twice the size of Texas, is full of a plastic stew that is entering the food chain. Scientists say these toxins are causing obesity, infertility…and worse.
The Shipbreakers by William Langewiesche - On a six-mile stretch of oily, smoky beach, 40,000 men tear apart half of the world’s discarded ships, each one a sump of toxic waste.
The Science of Shopping by Malcolm Gladwell - The American shopper has never been so fickle. What are stores, including the new flagship designer boutiques, doing about it?
The Formula by Malcolm Gladwell - What if you built a machine to predict hit movies?
The Science of the Sleeper by Malcolm Gladwell - How the Information Age could blow away the blockbuster.
How Target Knows Your Secrets by Charles Duhigg - If we wanted to figure out if a customer is pregnant, even if she didn’t want us to know, can you do that?
Selling Out by David McRaney - Both consumerism and capitalism are driven by competition among consumers for status.
What Makes Us Happy? by Joshua Wolf Shenk - Is there a formula, some mix of love, work, and psychological adaptation, for a good life?
There’s More to Life Than Being Happy by Emily Smith - Is it the very pursuit of happiness that thwarts happiness?
Happiness is a Glass Half Empty by Oliver Burkeman - Be positive, look on the bright side, stay focused on success: so goes our modern mantra. But perhaps the true path to contentment is to learn to be a loser.
The Truth About Money by Gregg Easterbrook - No matter how you chart the trends in earning and spending, everything is up, up, up. But if you made a chart of American happiness since the end of World War II, the lines would be as flat as a marble tabletop.
Joy by Zadie Smith - Until quite recently I had known joy only five times in my life, perhaps six, and each time tried to forget it soon after it happened, out of the fear that the memory of it would dement and destroy everything else.