Hillsborough, N.C.: America’s Little Literary Town

More than a dozen writers have chosen to live in Hillsborough, N.C., population 6,087, where government meetings are held in the “town barn,” and the Wooden Nickel serves up fried green tomatoes. Some seek the quiet, while others enjoy the sense of community. 

Big in Japan: Traditional Italian Pizza

Pizzerias specializing in artisanal Neapolitan-style pies have popped up at a brisk pace across Japan, with chefs tackling the craft of pizza with the same meticulous zeal that has made the country a culinary star in other cuisines. (Nearly 50 French restaurants in Tokyo have at least one Michelin star.) 

The pizzas they produce reflect the country’s traditionally minimalist style, shunning the unusual toppings that were once fashionable there. And recognition of the quality of Japanese pies is growing. Japan has 54 pizzerias certified as authentically Neapolitan by the Association for Genuine Neapolitan Pizza, the Italian group that sets the rigorous standards governing authentic pies. That places it second only to the U.S. among countries outside Italy. In 2010, Akinari Makishima, a pizzaiolo from the industrial city of Nagoya, in central Japan, made headlines winning the top prize in a bake-off organized by the association.

"Japan makes the best pizza in the world…except for Naples," said Marco Scardigli, a native of Tuscany who was president of the Japanese division of Italian fashion label Roberto Cavalli until 2012.

Astronaut Reid Wiseman’s Tech Essentials

As part of The Wall Street Journal’s Off Duty Fall 50, NASA’s Reid Wiseman showed off the gear he can’t live without (in zero Gs) in this interview recorded on the International Space Station.

How Pharrell Stays Happy
After a chart-topping campaign to unleash universal bliss, the pop-world style icon is bringing his coaching talents to NBC’s “The Voice.” 
Pharrell Williams appears on the cover of WSJ. Magazine’s September men’s style issue, out on newsstands today.

How Pharrell Stays Happy

After a chart-topping campaign to unleash universal bliss, the pop-world style icon is bringing his coaching talents to NBC’s “The Voice.” 

Pharrell Williams appears on the cover of WSJ. Magazine’s September men’s style issue, out on newsstands today.

The Off Duty Fall 50

Your guaranteed-tasteful guide to the season. Fifty ideas, adventures, looks, gadgets and distractions that will help you make the most of autumn.

Betsey Johnson Previews New Season of ‘Dancing With the Stars’


Betsey Johnson gave fans a sneak peek at her dance moves when she brought “Dancing With the Stars” partner Tony Dovolani onto the runway after her New York Fashion Week show yesterday. The 72-year-old designer will compete in the nineteenth season of the ABC show, which starts Monday at 8 p.m.


“You practice three hours a day, and then you have to take a day off,” Johnson told Speakeasy backstage before her show. The designer plans to wear her own designs on the show, and also plans to incorporate her signature runway move into the competition.
Read more about her new bridal collection.

Betsey Johnson Previews New Season of ‘Dancing With the Stars’

Betsey Johnson gave fans a sneak peek at her dance moves when she brought “Dancing With the Stars” partner Tony Dovolani onto the runway after her New York Fashion Week show yesterday. The 72-year-old designer will compete in the nineteenth season of the ABC show, which starts Monday at 8 p.m.

“You practice three hours a day, and then you have to take a day off,” Johnson told Speakeasy backstage before her show. The designer plans to wear her own designs on the show, and also plans to incorporate her signature runway move into the competition.

Read more about her new bridal collection.

An ‘Industrial Luxe’ Apartment in L.A.

Thanks to a series of unexpected moves, Los Angeles-based interior designer Oliver M. Furth was able to transform a cookie-cutter apartment, dating from 1959, into an open, flexible loft space—albeit one whose raw industrial finishes are countered by silk velvet upholstery and genteel chinoiserie wallpaper. Located in what Mr. Furth calls “the Park Avenue of L.A.,” a dense stretch of residential high-rises known as the Wilshire Corridor, the 1,300-square-foot apartment serves as a pied-à-terre for a globe-trotting client whose own aesthetic helped shape its multiple personalities.

The Legendary Porsche 911, Remastered

Singer Vehicle Design has fashioned the most retro-looking supercar on the road today—a bespoke remix of the classic air-cooled Porsche 911.

WSJ. Magazine talked to Rob Dickinson, the man behind the car:

If you watched a lot of MTV in the early ’90s, you probably saw Rob Dickinson fronting the alternative rock band Catherine Wheel, whose biggest hit, “Black Metallic,” reached No. 9 on Billboard’s alternative rock charts in 1992. Rob, whose cousin Bruce Dickinson is lead singer of the heavy metal band Iron Maiden, spent the ’90s being a rock star, playing on bills with the Foo Fighters and INXS and touring with the Smashing Pumpkins and Radiohead, with whom Catherine Wheel was most frequently compared. With his rock ‘n’ roll money Dickinson bought his first Porsches, including rock guitarist Alvin Lee’s ultrarare 1973 2.4S, and set about restoring them to original factory specifications. Dickinson, who had actually worked a brief, pre–rock star stint as a designer for British sports car manufacturer Lotus, quickly realized “this slavish adherence to originality wasn’t for me, because the car wasn’t as good as it could be.”

Pockets Pop Up on Fancy Gowns

Pockets are appearing on the frocks of young designers like Joseph Altuzarra, as well as fashion elder statesman Oscar de la Renta. Pockets even appeared on haute couture clothing at the Christian Dior show in July.

These pockets tend to be fashionable, not functional, inserted more to give the garments a nonchalant look than to hold a pair of keys. But in the age of black-tie selfies, many designers insist a woman could squeeze a lipstick or a smartphone in there.

Eurailing Around Europe—As an Adult 

The all-you-can-visit train adventure is a teenage rite of passage. But what’s it like to do it 35 years later?
When writer Finn-Olaf Jones turned 50 last year, he bought himself a 10-day Eurail ticket to find out.

Eurailing Around Europe—As an Adult

The all-you-can-visit train adventure is a teenage rite of passage. But what’s it like to do it 35 years later?

When writer Finn-Olaf Jones turned 50 last year, he bought himself a 10-day Eurail ticket to find out.