Author of the books Braving Home and Fame Junkies, Halpern has contributed to The New Yorker, GQ, and NPR's "This American Life."
Tad Friend is a staff writer for The New Yorker and the author of Cheerful Money, about life as a modern-day WASP, and Planet Killers, a Byliner Original.
Jack Hitt writes about quirky characters and comic situations for the New York Times Magazine and This American Life.
Eight-time National Magazine Award finalist Paterniti traveled with Einstein's brain for the bestselling Driving Mr. Albert. His newest is The Telling Room.
2,500 miles from Hollywood, kids learn to walk, talk, and think like celebrities. For these 21st-century charm schoolers, the need for fame is the first—and foremost—ingredient in stardom.
The author dreamed of escaping Tel Aviv to snorkel in Egypt’s Red Sea. But the trip’s most exciting part was never actually getting there.
It seems like a romantic and clichéd notion, but I was very earnestly itching to get the hell out of dodge and get a bit more spiritual.
To become truly flexible, a yoga rookie faces his worst fear.
A genealogical surprise led the author to ask: What does it take to be one of the family?
The discovery of treasure worth billions of dollars shakes southern India.
Holding out atop a burning coal mine.
My life as a hermit.
When she was 19, Judy McDevitt moved to an island in Boston harbor. Forty-four years later, she’s the only one left.
A pair of hip-hop producers tries to break a new act.
Seeking a scalding river under the snow.
Subway vigilante Bernhard Goetz has found a second life—as a big, sexy-lady pea pod.
First played in the 16th century, revived in 1930, an infernal, no-holds-barred version of soccer known as calcio fiorentino keeps the good citizens of Florence, Italy, battling and reveling.
A debt collector struggles to stay out of debt.
In this excerpt from Fame Junkies, the author wonders what drives the men and women who work long hours catering to the whims (and tantrums) of Hollywood celebs.
Record stores ignored him. MySpace didn’t exist. But Gordon Thomas went viral anyway.
One composting, Earth-loving family’s battle against a surprisingly powerful amphibian.
Millie Decker and the ring of fire.
How one Navy officer whisked Iraqi art out of the country—and into Soho.
Yes, the country is recovering—by forgetting about banking and rediscovering its essential weirdness. Ever try cod sperm?
How Extreme Makeover: Home Edition recasts for television the age-old satisfaction of watching desperate, needy people weep with joy.
Surviving Niagara? No sweat. The real challenge is figuring out what drove Kirk Jones over the edge.
He’s pumped, pious, and convinced that he’s found the secret to a heavenly body and “outrageous happiness.” Is Christian fitness coach and bestselling author Ben Lerner divinely inspired—or just blessed with marketing savvy?
How a group of Dumpster-diving, currency-scorning, society-rejecting outcasts came to embrace homeownership in Buffalo. Sort of.