NL Longform: Life & Style

Longform writing on lifestyle, food, fashion and more. We're adding as we read. 

How Nashville Became One Big Bachelorette Party
Over the last decade, Nashville has become one of the nation’s leading non-Vegas bachelorette party destinations. The bachelorettes are a vivid symbol of the city’s rapid gentrification — and the pitfalls of a new, “experience”-driven brand of tourism.
  34 Minutes - by Anne Helen Petersen for Buzzfeed

Searching for Sugary Daddy
Do you ever see a super-old, super-rich guy out on the town with a super-young girl who's super out of his league and wonder, how the hell did that happen? This is it how it happened. An investigation into the bold, new transactional love economy.
  25 Minutes - by Taffy Brodesser-Akner for GQ

Famous Retro Article - Radical Chic: That Party at Lenny's
Documenting the famous Upper Manhattan parties where the great American composer Leonard Bernstein integrated his crowd of society-circuit friends with The Blank Panthers .
60+ Minutes - by Tom Wolfe for New York Magazine

Why is Brooklyn BBQ Taking Over the World?
Brooklyn BBQ is spreading to every corner of the world - Colombia, Spain, Panama, Sweden, England, and Japan - looking like it came straight out of Williamsburg. But why aren't these counties taking cues from Texas or Kansas City.
  33 Minutes - by Josh Dean for Munchies

   by Ed Caesar
 21 mins
Inside Tehran's Secret Culture of Nightclubs
As Iran faces the largest protests the country has seen since the 2009 presidential election, GQ recalls the time they gate-crashed Tehran's underground nightlife scene, just before the unrest erupted in 2009, and discovered a seditious secret society flourishing in one of the most repressive nations on earth

 by Jeff Gordinier
 20 mins
Is Francis Mallmann The Most Interesting Chef in The World? 
Yes, he's a famous chef, but not for any of his nine restaurants around the globe. Francis Mallmann is famous for being Francis Mallmann, an elusive, complex, honest man who does his own thing—in the kitchen and in life. And nowhere does his primal style of hospitality burn brighter than on his private island in the heart of Patagonia.

 by Gideon Lewis-Kraus
 15 mins
Selling Airborne Opulence to the Upper Upper Upper Class
For a private-jet broker, success is all about knowing who's who in the .0001 percent.

  by Maureen Dowd
 25 mins
9PM to 5AM 
From 1984: A tour of Manhattan's nightlife.

  by Sara Tatyana Bernstein
 12 mins
Menocore is as Much About Wealth as It Is About Age.
How did we decide comfortable clothing was only for rich, older women?

   by Daniel Kolitz
 18 mins
What I Learned at Branding School
What does it take to evolve from human being to human brand? If you're enrolled in the free online introductory course, about five weeks

  by Ash Carter
 15 mins
How Jean Pigozzi Became the Undisputed Celebrity Selfie-King of the 70's 
In the height of Hollywood celebrity glamour, you could find this guy taking amazing selfies with everyone from Mick Jagger to Mel Brooks. He also knew how to throw a damn fine pool party. 

  by A.A. Gill
 10 mins
Condos of the Living Dead 
Semi-Retro: An explosion of high-priced glass and steel condos is being marketed to New York's new rich. Inspecting multi-million dollar marvels of sterility, the author wonders how any real living could possibly take place inside any of them. 

  by David Ewing Duncan
 37 mins
Why Are More American Teenagers Than Ever Suffering from  Severe Anxiety
Parents, therapists and schools are struggling to figure out whether helping anxious teenagers means protecting them or pushing them to face their fears.

by Rebecca Mead
29 mins
Gucci's Renaissance Man
Alessandro Michele, the brand's creative director, looks at modern fashion with a historical eye.

by David Alexander
60+ mins
Interview with Gene Roddenberry: Writer, Producer, Philosopher, Humanist, Creator of Star Trek
Gene Roddenberry is one of the most influential yet unheralded humanists of the twentieth century. His two most famous creations, Star Trek and its successor Star Trek: The Next Generation, are solidly based upon humanistic principles and ideas. His creations have moved, inspired and sparked the imaginations of millions of people around the world.

   by Richards J. Heuer Jr.
 20+ mins
Aziz Ansari on Quitting Things, Loneliness, and Season 3 of Master of None
"I hope more people get very successful and then quit. Shouldn't that be the game? That you make a bunch of money and just move to Italy and live a quiet life? "

  by Jamail Yogis
 10 mins
Is Surfing More Sport or Religion?
Even hardcore devotees disagree, though many acknowledge there’s something profoundly spiritual about catching waves—a feeling scientists attribute to the power of being in the water.

 by Ari Taymor
 7 mins
I'm A Chef Who Walked Away From A Dream Restaurant Weeks Before Opening. Here's Why.
A chef at the absolute top of his game seeks a more balanced life.

  by F. Scott Fitzgerald
 20+ mins
Super Retro: The Crack-Up
F. Scott Fitzgerald's three-part essay series, published in Esquire in 1936, about the pressures of fame.

  by Molly Young
 19 mins
How a Lifestyle Guru Perfected the Celebrity Wellness Business
Chantal Bacon sells self-absorption as the ultimate luxury product.

by Louise Chunn
13 mins
We Are Experiencing a Work Revolution and It's Making Us Mentally Ill
More than ever, we’re living in an age of uncertainty. Now is the time to invest in tackling the mental health problems we know this engenders

  by John Seabrook
 31 mins 
The Mastermind Behind Coachella
Paul Tollett is one of the great impresarios of our time having started Coachella in 1999  Even with all of his success, he still negotiated every. single. contract. with the 150 artists he booked this year

by Emma Allen
25 mins
The Cool Kids Behind (Fashion Brand/Boutique) Opening Ceremony
Humberto Lim and Carol Leon have won design awards, and they’re not even designers. Instead, they’re “two people with specific tastes who lean on a network of talented friends whose devotion to them, and vice versa, borders on the familial.” Their fashion brand, Opening Ceremony is collaborator’s heaven and their store in New York is a hub for artists, musicians, actors, skaters and club kids. Lim and Leon are the definitive example of how far great taste can take you.

by Anil Ananthaswamy
14 mins
Why You Can't Help But Act Your Age
The surprising relationship between mindset and getting old.

by Eric Greene
7 mins
(Artist, Professional Surfer, Fashion Model): The Danny Fuller Interview
Danny Fuller is a professional surfer, a model, the husband of a supermodel, an artist, and basically the guy that every other guy wants to be.

by Mary Schmich
16 mins
Unbridled Taschen - (Publishing, Erotica, Thousand Dollar Books, and a UFO Shaped House)
"Combining the eccentric passions of a gentleman publisher and the pop-culture instincts of an impresario, Benedikt Taschen has built a multimillion-dollar illustrated-book publishing house that flies in the face of industry wisdom." ...Also, check out his home in LA, the Chemosphere. And if you haven't been to a Taschen store, find one and make an afternoon out of it.