A Sprawling Birthday Celebration for R.E.M.’s ‘Reckoning’

Breaking down the band’s 1984 masterpiece track-by-track, and talking about its magic with some of the band’s collaborators.

Source: The Ringer
Published: Apr 9, 2019
Length: 23 minutes (5,924 words)

Don’t Let It ‘Go’ Away: The Frantic, Furious Making of a Cult Movie Classic

Twenty years after its release, director Doug Liman, screenwriter John August, and others recall the production of their 1999 indie film Go.

Source: The Ringer
Published: Mar 29, 2019
Length: 19 minutes (4,959 words)

The Ethical Dilemma Facing Silicon Valley’s Next Generation

At Stanford University, a farm system for tech giants, “students are reconsidering whether working at Google or Facebook is landing a dream job or selling out to craven corporate interests.”

Source: The Ringer
Published: Feb 6, 2019
Length: 21 minutes (5,462 words)

The Cities That Amazon HQ2 Left Behind

Was Amazon’s HQ2 search a real contest, or a foregone decision rooted in a polarized economic system that funnels wealth toward a few major cities?

Source: The Ringer
Published: Nov 30, 2018
Length: 12 minutes (3,181 words)

Three Feet From God: An Oral History of Nirvana ‘Unplugged’

Twenty-five years ago, Nirvana turned down their amps and played the most memorable, original, and tender performance of their career. Here’s how history was made.

Source: The Ringer
Published: Nov 14, 2018
Length: 35 minutes (8,958 words)

Going All In: An Oral History of ‘Rounders’

“How two first-time screenwriters, a guy from Montana, and a pair of up-and-coming movie stars made the greatest poker movie ever.”

Source: The Ringer
Published: Sep 20, 2018
Length: 44 minutes (11,214 words)

Judging by the Cover: How the Magazine Industry’s Identity Crisis Is Playing Out on Its Front Page

Digitization has profoundly altered the way magazines sell and get produced, yet traditional print covers still have a strong cultural and economic impact. Cover designs now have to strike a delicate balance between satisfying loyal subscribers and attracting new digital readers who engage on social media.

Source: The Ringer
Published: Sep 4, 2018
Length: 20 minutes (5,184 words)

“Cocaine, Speed, and Gallons of Jack Daniel’s”: The Last Rock ‘n’ Roll Superstars Were … Korn?

The hook of Steven Hyden’s feature on Korn’s seminal 1998 album Follow the Leader (of which I owned a copy, even though I listened to maybe just three songs, including ‘Freak on Leash’) is that the quartet, helmed by Jonathan Davis, are the last true rock-and-rollers: Mounds of cocaine, sex in the recording booth, and millions spent honing and perfecting sound quality. But what makes this article utterly fascinating is the examination of nu metal’s stupefying rise, and how the genre subsumed pop music in the late 1990s and early 2000s, a rejoinder to the oleaginous tunes that dominated the top 40 charts.

Source: The Ringer
Published: Aug 15, 2018
Length: 17 minutes (4,335 words)

A Flower in the Debris: The Legacy of Benihana, Rocky Aoki’s All-American Empire

By diluting its Japanese character and turning food into theater, this millionaire chef introduced Japanese cuisine to American diners neither familiar with or open to it. He was both a culinary pioneer and a brilliant opportunist.

Author: Mayukh Sen
Source: The Ringer
Published: Jul 24, 2018
Length: 15 minutes (3,967 words)

For One Last Night, Make It a Blockbuster Night

What’s the major difference between renting a movie at Blockbuster and streaming it on Netflix? As Justin Heckert reports for The Ringer, as the last Blockbuster video stores close, the people of Alaska won’t just miss the blissful comfort and simplicity of family movie night. They’ll miss the human interaction that can be the best part of visiting the video store in person: the colorful people, the jokes, the laughs, and the delightful camaraderie of discovering a shared favorite film at the checkout counter.

Source: The Ringer
Published: Jul 19, 2018
Length: 37 minutes (9,282 words)