Francis Ford Coppola’s $100 Million Bet

“Coppola still has fascinating things to say about the movie and will do so in the course of our conversations. But what he’s really interested in talking about is something else. Something new. It is a film called Megalopolis, and Coppola has been trying to make it, intermittently, for more than 40 years. If I could summarize the plot for you in a concise way, I would, but I can’t, because Coppola can’t either. Ask him. ‘It’s very simple,’ he’ll say. ‘The premise of Megalopolis? Well, it’s basically… I would ask you a question, first of all: Do you know much about utopia?’”

Author: Zach Baron
Source: GQ
Published: Feb 17, 2022
Length: 25 minutes (6,269 words)

Inside Amazon’s Huge Gamble on the Next Game of Thrones

“And so these books, with their gauzily painted or starkly heraldic covers, their comical abundance of pages published for the delight of furtive young boys and girls curled up reading by themselves in bookstore corners, waiting eagerly for their authors to publish the next installment (picture me here one more time, a child again, sleepy-eyed and confused, surrounded by the battered paperbacks and hardcovers I’ve lugged to every house and apartment I ever lived in) became…this. The biggest and most expensive business in all of television.”

Author: Zach Baron
Source: GQ
Published: Oct 19, 2021
Length: 23 minutes (5,816 words)

Jason Sudeikis Is Having One Hell of a Year

“He got famous playing a certain kind of funny guy on SNL, but when Jason Sudeikis invented Ted Lasso, the sensitive soccer coach with the earnest mustache, the actor found a different gear—and a surprise hit. Now, ahead of the show’s second season, Sudeikis discusses his wild ride of a year and how he’s learning to pay closer attention to what the universe is telling him.”

Author: Zach Baron
Source: GQ
Published: Jul 13, 2021
Length: 20 minutes (5,000 words)

The Conscience of Silicon Valley

“Tech oracle Jaron Lanier warned us all about the evils of social media. Too few of us listened. Now, in the most chaotic of moments, his fears—and his bighearted solutions—are more urgent than ever.”

Author: Zach Baron
Source: GQ
Published: Aug 24, 2020
Length: 20 minutes (5,100 words)

Jailed Ferguson Protester Joshua Williams Wants to Be Out There With Everyone

“We spoke this week by phone about the protests against police brutality that are sweeping the country. Williams’s plight has again bubbled to the surface on social media—as it has during other moments of public police abuse against black communities—offering a vivid reminder of the price that protesters can be forced to pay for their activism. Williams, who recently lost his mother to cancer— ‘talked to her everyday. She cussed me out before she went away, so she’s alright,’ he told me, laughing sadly—explained that he is optimistic about his parole hearing, and heartened to see the size and scale of the protests across the globe, he said. ‘At this time, everybody should band together,’ Williams told me, speaking from Missouri Eastern Correctional Center. ‘It’s like a power. If everybody is down and out, then we all stand up together, and help each other out through hard times.'”

Author: Zach Baron
Source: GQ
Published: Jun 5, 2020
Length: 7 minutes (1,785 words)

Jason Isbell’s Redemption Songs

“A decade after bottoming out and cleaning up, Jason Isbell has become the last of his kind: a guitar-playing, compulsively honest, relentlessly consistent songwriter. Oh, and he slays on Twitter too. Zach Baron goes to Isbell’s family home near Franklin, Tennessee, and finds there’s no question the four-time Grammy winner won’t answer.”

Author: Zach Baron
Source: GQ
Published: Apr 23, 2020
Length: 21 minutes (5,351 words)

The Unsolved Mystery of the Malibu Creek Murder

In the wake of a sleeping father’s murder in his tent, information emerged suggesting that someone is randomly shooting people and dumping bodies in this rugged, gorgeous region between the beach and the Valley. Theories abound. Only one thing is clear: Authorities did not use the information they had to protect the public.

Author: Zach Baron
Source: GQ
Published: Jun 20, 2019
Length: 41 minutes (10,345 words)

The Fresno Bee and the War on Local News

At a time when local newsrooms are shrinking or closing entirely — and Trump is calling the news media “the enemy of the people” — Zach Baron visits the reporters and editors of The Fresno Bee in California’s Central Valley, where Republican Rep. Devin Nunes declared war on the paper.

Author: Zach Baron
Source: GQ
Published: Dec 19, 2018
Length: 26 minutes (6,611 words)

What Ever Happened to Brendan Fraser?

A profile of actor Brendan Fraser — who was popular in the ’90s for movies like School Ties, and has been making something of a comeback since he was cast in The Affair in 2016. Fraser reveals that in 2003 he was touched inappropriately by Philip Berk, a former president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. The incident left him feeling violated and insecure. Adding insult to injury, his reporting it seems to have possibly gotten him blacklisted for years.

Author: Zach Baron
Source: GQ
Published: Feb 22, 2018
Length: 20 minutes (5,137 words)

A Beastie Boy’s Life at 48

Adam Horovitz (aka Ad-Rock) reflects on his life and priorities after the death of bandmate Adam Yauch and the illness of his wife, Bikini Kill and Le Tigre frontwoman Kathleen Hanna.

Author: Zach Baron
Source: GQ
Published: Mar 30, 2015
Length: 15 minutes (3,765 words)