Weekend Long Reads - November 1, 2014

The Coming Out of Apple’s Tim Cook: ‘This Will Resonate’

Tim Cook’s declaration on Thursday that “I’m proud to be gay” made him the first publicly gay chief executive of a Fortune 500 company. But Mr. Cook isn’t just any chief executive. And Apple isn’t any company. It’s one of the most profitable companies in the Fortune 500 and ranks No. 1 on the magazine’s annual ranking of the most admired companies.

Naked and Marooned For 60 Days on a Tiny Island

Ed Stafford on being stranded on an island in the South Pacific:

The island was a classical sort of South Pacific island. It was uninhabited. It was in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. It was completely covered in forest. None of it has been cleared, and if you look at it, it's sort of encircled by a golden sandy beach on one side and jagged flat rocks on the inside. Outside of that, there was a coral reef that formed a lovely lagoon all the way around the island. If you look at it, it was an absolute paradise island, and one that you would pay thousands and thousands of pounds to go and stay on. That was pretty much what it was like.

A Week With the Retina iMac

"My review of the new Retina iMac could be said as one word: sensational."

In my opinion, the canonical review of the new Retina iMac.

How Benu’s Corey Lee Attained the ‘Unattainable’ Third Michelin Star

Chef Corey Lee on receiving a three star rating from the Michelin Guide:

I think that's one of the biggest things about something like this, is that you have a team of people who work so hard. We're working 70, 80 hours a week and that time is spent in a 1,000 square foot room and you don't have interaction with the guests all the time. It's day in, day out and it's one of those moments you can just take a breath and feel good that your work is acknowledged and appreciated and it's just a great feeling for everyone involved.