The McCon-aissance is old news. The question is, what do we call the phase he’s in now? The one in which he not only out-Gekkos Gordon Gekko (The Wolf of Wall Street) but turns in one of the most transformative performances in memory (Dallas Buyers Club)? The Pax-McConaughey? We’re going with the McConaugh-reign. Long may it last!
Kentuckians like to tell you that 95 percent of the world’s bourbon comes from their state. What they won’t tell you is that pretty much every last drop of that bourbon comes from a handful of conglomerate distilleries. In this chart—excerpted from The Kings County Distillery Guide to Urban Moonshining, on shelves now—the guys behind Brooklyn’s oldest craft distillery parse out, once and for all, the complicated kissing cousins of the bluegrass state’s bourbon industry.
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Every member of rap’s Mount Rushmore dropped new albums in 2013—Kanye, Jay Z, Drake, Eminem—but it was another MC altogether who stole the crown, and he did it with just a handful of verses: Kendrick Lamar, the latest—and possibly greatest—rapper to come straight outta Compton.
The Year in Timberlake
- Played a comeback concert on the eve of the Super Bowl with Jay Z.
- Staged Timberweek with Jimmy Fallon—a five-night run of appearances on Late Night, most of them hilarious, some flat-out brilliant.
- Released his first album in seven years and toured the world to support it.
- Performed at the White House, coaxing the president and first lady into joining him on vocals for a few lines of Otis Redding’s “(Sittin’ on) The Dock of the Bay.”
- Hosted Saturday Night Live for the fifth time—and got an Emmy nomination for it. (“I’m sore,” he tells me, arching his back and grinning. “Really sore. You have to be really flexible to get it done five times.”)
- Reunited with the other members of ‘N Sync at the Video Music Awards.
- Released that second album.
- Starred in Runner Runner (a decision, by the way, that he doesn’t regret).
And that’s not all.