None Business, Like Sun Business


Tesla has reached a deal to buy SolarCity for $2.6 billion, and merge the electric-car and solar-energy companies into a dominant beast with battery life.

The Hedonic Treadmill


The infinite pursuit of happiness through acquisition.

Race to the Bottom


Forecasting the world’s Water Wars.

40 Light-Years to Life


Three potentially habitable, Earth-like planets have been discovered in another star system.

Out of Office, Living the Dream

David Carson at home in Tortola, BVI.

Juan F. Thompson


The son of Gonzo talks about growing up to not be like Dad.

Squeezing Balls For Creativity


Apparently this works.

Right About Now

Creators No Longer Creating


Notable departures from earth in 2015


Lemmy Kilmister, lead singer of Motörhead

Ellsworth Kelly, abstract artist

B. B. King, the King of Blues

Yogi Berra, Yankee catcher

Jackie Collins, Best-Selling bedroom Novelist

Ernie Banks, Mr. Cub

Chris Burden, conceptualist artist

John Fairchild, legendary publisher and editor

Anita Ekberg, Ultimate Babe of Yore

Rowdy Roddy Piper, WWF Legend

Scott Weiland, Stone Temple Pilot

Daevid Allen, Avant-garde musician and founder of Gong

Peter Dougherty, creator of Yo! MTV Raps

Burt Shavitz, the hermit co-founder and face of Burt’s Bees

Christian Audigier, luxury trucking hat pioneer and fashion designer

Elio Fiorucci, fashion designer and retail visionary

Ingrid Sischy, writer, editor and cultural critic

Wes Craven, King of Slasher Films

Tony Verna, Inventor of instant replay

Sean Price, Bucktown rapper

Catherine Coulson, Log Lady

George Barris, Pioneer of car customization

Patrick Fallon, Advertising visionary

Phil “Philthy Animal” Taylor, Motörhead Drummer

Darryl Dawkins aka “Chocolate Thunder”, NBA backboard breaker

Moses Malone, 76ers’ ‘Chairman of the Boards’

Dean Smith, UNC basketball coach

Taylor Negron, comedian and actor

Stephen Pizzurro aka “The Pizz”, Lord of Lowbrow Art

Allen Toussaint, New Orleans musician

Noah Davis, L.A. Painter and Installation Artist

Skip Yowell, Co-Founder of JanSport 

Sasha Petraske, Cocktail Club Impresario

Joshua Ozersky, Meat Loving Food Writer

Don Featherstone, Inventor of the Pink (plastic) Flamingo

Gary Dahl, Inventor of the Pet Rock

Wyatt Neumann, fearless photographer and creative director

Sonny Madrid, founder of Lowrider magazine

Carol Doda, Pioneer of Topless Entertainment

Blaze Starr, voluptuous stripper and Queen of Burlesque

Hermann Zapf, typeface designer behind Optima and Palatino

Verne Gagne, a “matinee wrestling idol”

Albert Maysles, Pioneering Documentarian

Jerry Dior, designer of Major League Baseball’s Logo

Ben E. King, Singer of ‘Stand by Me’

Shigeru Mizuki, Influential Japanese Cartoonist

Dave Sweet, creator of the foam-core surfboard

Minnie Minoso, the MLB’s first black player out of Latin America

Jerry Tarkanian, famed coach of the UNLV Runnin’ Rebels

Michael Gross, designer of the ‘Ghostbusters’ Logo

Vincent Marotta Sr., Creator of Mr. Coffee

Irving Harper, Creator of the Marshmallow Sofa

Jean Nidetch, Co-Founder of Weight Watchers

Stuart Scott, ESPN

David Carr, New York Times

Michael Graves, Architect and postmodernist designer

Morris Wilkins, designer of the heart-shaped bathtub and champagne flute tub

Chuck Williams, Founder of Williams-Sonoma

Full Speed Ahead


Nathaniel Russell’s 2016 calendar

“The idea that everybody thinks they’re specialists with voices that deserve to be heard has actually made everyone’s voice less meaningful.”


Bret Easton Ellis on Living in the Cult of Likability

How to Survive 436 Days Lost At Sea


The crazy story of Salvador Alvarenga, the 36-year-old fisherman who went out for the day’s catch and ended up 6,700 miles from home.

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