Editor's note: Each week we publish a favorite story from Fortune's archives. As the final weeks of summer approach, many will be taking that long-needed vacation. Some will fly to far off places. But equally as many, if perhaps not more, will hop in their cars for a road trip across the country. Somewhere between home and destination, they'll rest in one of the many motels dotted along the interstate. Ever wonder MOREAug 12, 2012 9:00 AM ET
It's a fun and quiet ride, but there are some drawbacks.
By Brian Dumaine, senior editor-at-large
FORTUNE -- In theory, I really like electric cars. They emit less greenhouse gas than traditional models and are easier to maintain. Electrics cost less to operate: The electricity to run one is the equivalent of paying about $1 or so a gallon for gas.
So I was excited to head off from Manhattan in the MOREAug 10, 2012 10:02 AM ET
Curiosity, creativity, and tenacity are the keys to undergraduate success. A review of What the Best College Students Do, by Ken Bain.
By David A. Kaplan, contributor
FORTUNE -- Some very good books are worth reading for a few splendid pages alone. Ken Bain's What the Best College Students Do is one such book. His interview with the TV satirist Stephen Colbert is revealing both for its insight into Colbert and MOREAug 10, 2012 7:37 AM ET
Independent music labels are gaining a bigger slice of market share by changing up the formula so that label, artist and consumer all win.
By Ben Toren, reporter
FORTUNE -- Kaseem Ryan, better known as The Brownsville Ka, peruses the bins at A-1, a small, unassuming New York record store. Hailing from Brooklyn, the 39-year-old has been a fiercely independent artist for the 20+ years he's been rhyming, believing "if you MOREAug 8, 2012 10:47 AM ET
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