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Monocle: The Magazine As Boring, Lifestyle, Branding Infastructure
On Monocle’s tenth anniversary, one writer analyzes the magazine’s vision, business model, and what place this globalist outlet has in an age of increasing nationalism.
How Do You Name a Not-Quite-Fat Ken Doll?
When a company decides to “celebrate diversity,” who’s the party for?
How One Porn Mogul Made His Fortune and Ruined Everything
Michael Thevis built a lucrative pornography empire in the 1970s only to spend the rest of his life in prison.
The Ken Doll Reboot: Beefy, Cornrowed, and Pan-Racial
A behind-the-scenes look at the redesign process of the new, diverse lineup of Ken Dolls.
The Shelf Life of John Mackey
Whole Foods’ eccentric founder changed the way Americans consume food. Can he survive the Wall Street forces that now want to consume him?
Jeff Bezos: Hero or Villain?
Is the man behind Amazon a benevolent benefactor or a manipulative monopolist?
The Circle of Las Vegas Life Is One Never-Ending Buffet
Meet the family turning Las Vegas casino food waste into future meals.
This Lawsuit Goes to 11
This Is Spinal Tap is a comedy classic, but its creators made practically no money from it. Robert Kolker looks at the legal battle over what Hollywood owes Harry Shearer, Rob Reiner, Michael McKean, and Christopher Guest.
When Innovation Fails: Doing Hard Time in the Offender-Monitoring Business
When 3M, the Post-It Note manufacturer, began making electronic ankle monitors for corrections, it challenged the company’s long-heald philosophy about design and innovation.