Nick Paumgarten

10 articles

Up and Then Down

The lives of elevators.


The Wall Dancer

Ashima Shiraishi is the most talented rock climber in the world. She’s also 14.


The Death and Life of Atlantic City

The men who say they’ll try to save the once-bustling gambling resort town.


Id Girls

On Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson, the duo behind Broad City.


Dealer’s Hand

On new art boom and one of its most powerful players, David Zwirner.



The Grateful Dead’s afterlife.


Magic Mountain

A trip to the World Economic Forum in Davos.


Looking for Someone

Inside the world of online dating:

If the dating sites had a mixer, you might find OK Cupid by the bar, muttering factoids and jokes, and in the middle of the room, conspicuously dropping everyone’s first names into his sentences. The clean-shaven gentleman on the couch, with the excellent posture, the pastel golf shirt, and that strangely chaste yet fiery look in his eye? That would be eHarmony.


There and Back Again

On the soul of the commuter:

A commute is a distillation of a life’s main ingredients, a product of fundamental values and choices. And time is the vital currency: how much of it you spend—and how you spend it—reveals a great deal about how much you think it is worth.


Master of Play

A profile of video game artist Shigeru Miyamoto, the man behind Super Mario Bros.