We asked writers and editors to choose some of their favorite stories of the year in various categories. Here is the best in business, tech, and science writing.
Business & Tech
How the Sandwich Consumed Britain
To perfect a culinary staple as ubiquitous and timeless as the sandwich “is a question of using tenacity, knowledge, know-how, flair.”
The Dead Man Fund
How the world’s worst investor fleeced clients who couldn’t complain.
How Cinnabon Perfected Its Recipe
The story behind a “world famous” cinnamon roll.
The War To Sell You A Mattress Is An Internet Nightmare
A Fast Company writer, while searching for a new mattress, stumbles into the mysterious and lucrative world of mattress review websites. One review site began raking in millions of dollars from referral links to mattress companies, sparking a nasty legal battle over the legitimacy of its mattress reviews.
Multi-Level Marketing’s Feminine Mystique: A Reading List
The commodification of female friendship began in the suburban living room. Today, it’s booming online.
On the Internet, Nobody Knows You’re a Cartoonist Hustling for Money
Bob Mankoff created a successful business model for cartoonists to get paid. Then Condé Nast ruined it.
Why Oil-Loving Louisiana Should Embrace America’s Coming Offshore Wind Boom
The budding wind power industry is rich in jobs, and the people of south Louisiana are ready for clean energy.
An Expat by Any Other Name (Is Sometimes a Digital Nomad)
When your Ubud neighborhood becomes a luxury tech bubble.
Showtime at the Alamo
Tim League, the creator of the Alamo Drafthouse chain of cinemas, strives to make moviegoing great again.