Best of 2015
The Year's Most Powerful Pages

The 15 Best Books of 2015

The books — memoir, fiction, poetry, short stories — that represent the creative crop of 2015.

The Latest

What's New, Now

Today in Gear: July 20, 2016

New blades and razor handles from the experts, beautiful and simple sweatshirts from L.A., Blu-ray players that'll upscale your favorite films and much more

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Today in Gear: July 13, 2016

A travel guide for getting out of London, fine leather straps for your premier digital watch, wallets that protect your info and much more.

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Today in Gear: May 31, 2016

A massive book for any Coppola fan, a Harley made for moto racing fans (to drool over), a lightweight shell made for active types and much more.

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Today in Gear: May 25, 2016

Earbuds that are designed to move, shoes designed to go anywhere, a dress shirt that repels stains (before they're stains) and much more.

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Summer Preview 2015
For lazy days and quiet nights

Your 2015 Summer Reading List

Here are 10 newly released or yet-to-be-released books (plus a classic) to read this summer, on the beach, in your backyard or by the pool.

The Virgil To Your Dante

The Best Travel Guidebooks for Every Journey

Everybody needs help when in a foreign place. And there's no shame in owning a travel guide. In fact, it's encouraged. Choose one of the below guidebooks to be the Virgil to your Dante as you feel your way through a new world.

The Age of Innocence Editor Reuel Golden Talks About His Latest Book

A Look Back at Soccer’s Golden Age

The Age of Innocence: Football in the 1970s is a photographic eulogy for the first era of worldwide soccer obsession, documenting the lives of international legends -- Pelé, Franz Beckenbauer, Bobby Moore, Maradona, Johan Cruyff and more -- on and off the pitch. We spoke with Reuel Golden, the book's editor, about soccer's golden age.

Shelf Life
10 Great Books to read in the AC or the open air

Your 2014 Summer Reading List

It's almost summer, which means that you'll finally have some time to finish the dog-eared copy of Infinite Jest that you started (with best intentions, we're sure) four years ago. Though if you wanted to read one of these instead, no one blames you.


Today in Gear: May 22, 2014

Today in gear: Wolfenstein's latest incarnation, the ultimate monitor for your dog, Kiehl's space-age anti-shine moisturizer and Kohler's retrofitting kit for adding touchless flush to your toilet.

Why Rare Books Are Really, Really Expensive

The $270,000 Book

We visited the New York Antiquarian Book Fair with a single question: in an age of $1.99 Kindle Singles, why would a book cost thousands, or even hundreds of thousands, of dollars?


Today in Gear: February 11, 2014

Today in gear, we find a book making waves, a very expensive camera, a jacket for the man screaming at your favorite team and much more.


Today in Gear: February 6, 2014

Today in Gear: February 6, 2014. A minimalist hallway valet, colorful leather goods, a celebration of a classic axe, a study of the Pete Rose controversy and much more.


Today in Gear: February 4, 2014

Today in gear, we find a biker's backpack made from Cordura fabric, an itsy bitsy audio recorder, a novel way to learn Chinese, an app for spinning your Spotify and much more.


Today in Gear: February 3, 2014

Today in Gear, we find folios of note, bitchin' belts, a way to cook on the go using science, a B.J. Novak novel (yes, we're jealous of the guy) and much more.

Today in Gear: January 21, 2014

Today in Gear, we find Nike cleats, 'Murican made jeans, a Bahaus-inspired kettle, a clean and simple Timex watch and much more.


Today in Gear: January 20, 2014

Today in Gear, we find the story of a great coach's life, hypertight recovery gear, J.Crew Ludlows for your feet and much more.


Today in Gear: January 7, 2014

Today in gear, we find apparel for the polar vortex, an ice shovel/brush for the polar vortex, a hot tub... for the polar vortex. And much more.


Today in Gear: November 29, 2013

Soma-For-Charity-Water-Limited-Edition-FIlter-Gear-Patrol Soma For Charity Limited Edition Filter
Now that you and yours have emptied every last jug of wine and case of beer within three counties of your house (how else could you enjoy the Thanksgiving Day game and tolerate


Today in Gear: November 14, 2013

Paul-Evans-Shoes-Gear-Patrol Paul Evans Shoes Many brands have proven that the Internet-based, direct-to-consumer market is a thriving place, popular because it provides consumers with high end products that aren't marked up to cover brick-and-mortar store costs. Paul Evans believes that type of

Gift Guide
Gifts He'll Actually Remember in the Morning

12 Guys of Christmas: The Mixologist

What to call a man who obsesses over alcohol? A connoisseur? A fanatic? A drunk? We call him The Mixologist, and you know him well. He’s the man whose cupboards are stocked with more bitters than spices, whose basement is reeking of homebrew, whose glass is always half-full -- at least. And yours too, for the Mixologist prides himself in the cocktails he makes and the beer he serves. He’s an enabler of fun, an anti-Scrooge, a Holiday MVP. He’s every character in Billy Joel’s Piano Man -- in fact, he does a mean Billy Joel if the night goes late enough. So cheers to The Mixologist. Here are a few gifts he'll cheers to.

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12 Guys of Christmas: The Techie

Oddly enough, the proliferation of electronic gadgetry, computer stuff and other digital goodies has made buying for the discerning sparkhead (we just coined that -- please enjoy and proliferate at will) tougher. With this list, we aim to make the shopping a little simpler by covering suggestions for readers, photogs, movie buffs and gamers. Take a gander and start clicking; your techie giftee will thank you, probably with an email or holographic video message or something.


Today in Gear: November 1, 2013

hasselblad-Stellar-Special-Edition-gear-patrol-tig-thumbnail Hasselblad Stellar Special Edition Following the introduction of the polarizing Lunar compact interchangeable lens camera the Swedish brand launched the Stellar, a lux-photography makeover of the RX100. The Scandinavian-tech-meets-Italian-design returns with a handsome special edition that boasts


Today in Gear: October 21, 2013

Remodelista-A-Manual-For-The-Considered-Home-Gear-Patrol Remodelista: A Manual For The Considered Home Remodelista's book examines the aesthetics of 12 thoroughly designed homes to teach readers how to "edit" their own abode. The brand's philosophy argues that classic design outdoes trendy at every turn, and


Today in Gear: July 31, 2013

LG-PG65U-Portable-LED-Projector-Gear-Patrol-Final LG PG65U Portable LED Projector
Finally a way to easily watch movies, tv shows and other media in a large format without the risk of a heavy monitor falling off the wall and killing your cat. The LED bulbs


Today in Gear: July 15, 2013

Swims-48-Hour-Bag-gear-patrol-tig Swims 48 Hour Bag
Lest this bag be so generically considered a "weekender", Swims makes it clear it's meant to be used for 48-hour stints anytime. It's a straightforward navy-colored ordeal with leather handles and details, and because this