Our favorite stories of the week, featuring The New Yorker, California Sunday, n+1, Boston Magazine, and Collectors Weekly.
A glimpse into the difficult lives of Edo-Period Japanese prostitutes.
Inside the strange and oddly noble world of serious autograph collectors.
How the humble oyster is reviving a regional economy, and what it means for the nation.
Pretty Woman's original script was far darker than the romantic comedy millions of us have seen. Vanity Fair talks to the filmmakers about how the movie got its happy ending.
After surveying 50 New Yorkers about the way the city appears in their dreams, the author explores what those nighttime visions say about the city itself—and the psychology of dreams.
An essay about the end of a relationship and the daunting experience of apartment hunting in Brooklyn.
The "sharing" economy has enabled on-demand everything, but there are drawbacks to a lifestyle where one can have all their needs met with the click of a button.