Escape to Zoom Island

In some ways, the pandemic fast-forwarded the future, at least in regards to the acceptance of remote work. David Kushner explores how some entrepreneurs took advantage of this to try and create a utopian work-from-home world.

With the money flowing and the sun shining, the inhabitants of the “crypto–hotel,” as the Savoy was nicknamed, went on yacht trips and taxi rides, and had lavish dinners of fresh sea bream and Madeira wine. One night, Danchuk says, the Savoy CEO strolled through the lobby while nomads played “Wonderwall” on guitar. They held ecstatic dance parties, shimmying in complete darkness in rooms cleared of furniture, and saw the sunrise during parties on the beach.

Source: GQ
Published: Apr 27, 2022
Length: 20 minutes (5,159 words)

The Leg at the Bottom of the Sea

“Sebastian realized he’d found an artificial leg and started laughing. How does someone lose that?”

Source: Outside
Published: May 24, 2021
Length: 13 minutes (3,391 words)

Journey to the Center of the Earth

“Explorer stories—from Columbus to Shackleton to Neil Armstrong—are predominantly about white men seeking the edges of the known world. Where did she fit in?”

Source: Outside
Published: Dec 28, 2020
Length: 21 minutes (5,484 words)

Can Video Games Replace the Outdoors?

“Maybe not in our hearts, but certainly in our brains. Plus, they can make you love the indoors far too much—which is why there’s now a full-fledged, woodsy rehab center for joystick addicts who need a soothing pathway back to a normal life.”

Source: Outside
Published: Oct 8, 2019
Length: 18 minutes (4,676 words)

How Viagra Went From A Medical Mistake To A $3-Billion-Dollar-A-Year Industry

How a happy accident has gone on to make men happy the world over.

Source: Esquire
Published: Aug 21, 2018
Length: 17 minutes (4,298 words)

Scammers and Spammers: Inside Online Dating’s Sex Bot Con Job

Dating and hookup sites are filled with bots that convince real people into handing over their money.

Source: Rolling Stone
Published: Feb 1, 2016
Length: 12 minutes (3,067 words)

The Rise and Fall of a Bitcoin Kingpin

How Mark Karpeles forged an empire out of digital currency before becoming a suspect in a half-billion dollar heist.

Source: Rolling Stone
Published: Aug 27, 2015
Length: 14 minutes (3,650 words)

The White Devil Kingpin

How a white man from Boston rose through the ranks of Asian organized crime.

Source: Rolling Stone
Published: Feb 18, 2015
Length: 26 minutes (6,548 words)

Vigilanteville

James McGibney—a former marine and founder of website BullyVille—aims to stop the worst of the worst on the internet, but critics say he’s the real bully.

Published: Oct 7, 2014
Length: 14 minutes (3,625 words)

The Masked Avengers

How the radical hacking collective Anonymous incited online vigilantism from Tunisia to Ferguson.

Source: The New Yorker
Published: Sep 8, 2014
Length: 36 minutes (9,058 words)