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A Far-East Beauty

Essentials Inspired by the 1970 Datsun 240Z

By AMOS KWON

For those dreaming of a vintage car collection, the Datsun 240Z is a great place to start. But you shouldn’t drive it in a dirty tee and sweatpants. We hunt down some great gear and garb from the era and the area from which the 1970 240Z hails.

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Feline Fatale

The Cat’s Unbagged: A Quick Spin in the Jaguar XFR-S

The Jaguar of today is no bespoke joke. Now under Tata ownership, Jag’s turned into a luxury automaker that cares about its drivers. The Italian Racing red paint, imposing rear wing and juggernaut 550 hp and 502 lb-ft of torque of the 2014 Jaguar XFR-S ($99,000) are evidence of that fact. It’s not a car for the British dandy. Instead, it’s the business end of Jaguar’s quest to make a beastlier brawler out of already imposing XFR.

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McLaren's Latest Weaponized Vehicle

Breakdown: McLaren 650S

McLaren has been a racing powerhouse for 50 years, but they’re a relative newcomer to the consumer supercar scene (their first was the extremely limited-release F1 in 1992). It was just three years ago that their MP4-12C ripped onto the stage, a rocket that hit the apex on its head with its first try. Now it’s dead. Before you get upset, know this: its replacement, the 650S, is better by a fair clip. We take a closer look.

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Today in Gear: April, 21, 2014

Today in Gear, we examine Sony’s new 4k media player, plywood task chairs, bluetooth-enabled air purifiers, an EDC kit for cyclists, an educational whisky series and a candle worthy of your ambitions.

Friday, April 18th
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Existential Invasion

Opinion: Under The Skin, Both Alien and Real

In recent years, movies like Moon, Her and Another Earth have shown audiences that great sci-fi can be subtle, thought-provoking and underbudget. Under The Skin, starring Scarlett Johansson, pushes this trend forward — proof positive that a big budget, gore or even a spaceship aren’t necessary for an alien invasion.

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A Bacchanal of Music, Sun and Style

GP Short: Coachella

Goddammit, you missed Coachella again. Bradley Hasemeyer, recognizing your FOMO, made the quick 130-mile journey from LA to Coachella Valley to capture the iconic music festival on nothing but an iPhone 5 and the iPro lens kit.

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Good talks, bad hours

Introducing: Late Plates

We love breaking bread with exciting people, and a pint of good beer never hurt a conversation. It’s in this spirit that we’re launching a new series, Late Plates, presented by Miracle Whip, in which we interview great minds, talents and professionals over America’s best late-night eats.

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What to See, Read and Hear

This Week in Culture: April 18, 2014

This Week in Culture: Pulitzer Prizes, a New Age bullshit generator, a whole lot of robots and more.

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First-Round Draught Picks: The Five Best Growlers

For a minimal investment, growlers open up a whole world of local microbrews and draught beers that can be enjoyed on your own schedule. Get in on the action with five of the best.

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Love, Hate and Caramel Waterfalls

Letters to GP: April 2014

You guys really like to write. We’re talking real letters here, longer and broader in scope and, in a few cases, more passionate than we’ve ever received before.

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Short and Sweet

Five New Short Story Collections to Read Now

Thanks to contemporary authors like George Saunders and Jennifer Egan, short stories have recently been getting the attention they deserve. Here are five more authors who honor the form.

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Keep calm and read on

100 Essential Reads: The Definitive Men’s Library

From the Archives: Selecting the 100 best books for men requires some audacity — but so does hitting a good tee shot or giving a toast, and we like those things fine.

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Today in Gear: April 18, 2014

Today in Gear we examine Philips’s laser-guided beard trimmer, a transforming Raven lawn mower, Arnette prescription frames, organic whey powder, a Chrome remote desktop for mobile and an easy solution for popped tires.

Thursday, April 17th
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Everyday Carry Essentials: The Flashlight

You think your smartphone can light your way in a pinch — until you’re alone and the library’s/church’s/old cabin’s/hospital morgue’s circuit breaker trips. Avoid learning the hard way and check out Everyday Carry‘s guide to the best EDC flashlights. They’ve put together a list of eight small-but-mighty suggestions that are bound to come to the rescue one of these days.

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Embrace your baggage

The 10 Best Daypacks for Every Adventure

While the lifetime warrantee on your North Face pack from grammar school is meant to be honored, there’s something to be said for retiring before things unravel. Today’s daypacks will haul your climbing gear or your laptop over mountains and through airports. These are our favorites.