The Story of Sriracha Is the Story of America
The trajectory of David Tran's success—and the backlash he's gotten for being "inauthentic"—embody the realities of being an immigrant entrepreneur in America.
Brian Gray and Connie Lo
Simone Tong Doesn't Want Chinese Food to Be Bound by 'Rules'
“What is authenticity? We should encourage people to adapt. We look backward to learn from history so that we can move forward."
Your Favorite Indian Takeout was Invented by a Refugee Fleeing Pakistan
The surprising history of chicken tikka masala.
This Is LA’s Most Authentically Inauthentic Mexican Food
Ray Garcia says his LA restaurant Broken Spanish is "authentic in its own inauthenticity," serving whipped carnitas fat on its tortillas and foie gras butter on its pan dulce.
Natalie B. Compton
The Great Bro-Country Music Debate of 2015 and Why It's Kinda Pointless
Why are so many of the people who seem so invested in bringing "real" country back people who don't actually listen to country music?
The Right to Be Forgotten: Why a New Artist's Biggest Battle Is Finding a Way to Delete Their Past
In 2015, it's not unusual for a record label to sign an artist, and immediately remove every single thing they've ever done.
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David Roth's Weak in Review: Curt Schilling, Russell Wilson, and the Problem with Confidence
We all prefer people that act like humans rather than brand-boosting robots. This gets more complicated when athletes get involved.
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How Widespread Is Ghostwriting in Music and How OK With It Should You Be?
Last month’s Meek vs Drake bunfight left a question mark hanging over the link between authorship and authenticity.
What’s Behind Melbourne’s Love Affair With the Milk Crate?
You know the look instantly: Unpolished timber, peeling paint, some Edison lightbulbs, and a slew of plastic crates picked up for nothing from an alley somewhere.
Canadian Students Made This Neat Nanotech Ink to Thwart Counterfeiters
A smartphone camera's flash and some fancy processing algorithms are all that's needed to verify the authenticity of whatever the ink has been applied to.
'52 Tuesdays’ Is a Clever and Sensitive Look at Transgender Parenthood
We talked to director Sophie Hyde about her new film, which was shot only on Tuesdays, every Tuesday, for one whole year.
Why Beme, a Social Network for Authenticity, Exists
It asks people to be real.