The Sex Machine

The rise of the king of American swingers.

Wednesday, January 20


From Pickup Artist to Pariah

A small-town coffeeshop owner led a double life as a blogger and podcaster on the topic of “pickup artistry.” Then his identity, and his intimate writings about his experiences with 46 local women, was made public.

Monday, December 28


The Hustlers at Scores

They were an organized group of ex-strippers, plus a few role players recruited from Craigslist. They fished for marks in strip clubs, Wall Street cocktail bars, and even TGI Fridays, and then lured them to strip clubs. The marks woke up with little memory of the night before and their credit cards maxed out.

Wednesday, October 28


Zola's Story

A stripping trip to Florida gone horribly astray told across 158 tweets.

Thursday, October 22


Inside Stanford Business School’s Spiraling Sex Scandal

A love triangle between two married professors and the dean goes public.

Wednesday, October 21


There Once Was a Dildo in Nantucket

On the wives of whalers and their dildos.

Saturday, October 17


Lost Girls

The writer’s relationship with two Moroccan prostitutes.

Saturday, October 3


Out of Sight

A former prostitute turned arctivist and her taxi-driver husband go undercover in Iraq’s brothels.

Thursday, October 1


Stud: How to Have 106 Babies (and Counting)

Ed Houben, a self described “ugly man,” has sex with multiple women each week, sometimes two in one day. The women, often accompanied by their husbands, are trying to get pregnant.

Sunday, September 27


If They Build It, Will We Come?

The technological future of the struggling porn industry.

Friday, September 25


Notes Toward a Theory of Hair

The meanings of coiffure, from follicle to shaft.

Sunday, September 20


Mothers, Sisters, Daughters, Wives

Inside the political battle over reproductive rights in Texas.