Keanu Reeves Knows the Secrets of the Universe

“Guy’s always working—sixty-eight movies in thirty-five years. Playing killing machines, doofuses, romantics, messiahs, and devils. But always Keanu. Which always means something more.”

Source: Esquire
Published: Nov 22, 2021
Length: 20 minutes (5,248 words)

Zoolander at 20: How a Post-9/11 Flop Became the Comedy Everyone’s Still Quoting

“Twenty years on, it’s possible that the world has just finally caught up to Derek Zoolander. With its daft humor, on-point criticism of the fashion industry, and exhaustive list of celebrity cameos, Zoolander has a legacy that has not just lived on with audiences, but grown in accuracy.”

Source: Esquire
Published: Sep 28, 2021
Length: 8 minutes (2,127 words)

All That We’ve Lost

“One year on from the start of the coronavirus pandemic, it’s still too early to explain all the whys of that which has been taken from us. We still need to name the what—loved ones, but also jobs, relationships, big breaks, last chances—and the what is vast.”

Source: Esquire
Published: Mar 10, 2021
Length: 29 minutes (7,281 words)

The Oral History of CNN’s Election Week

“It took office naps, rousing renditions of Motownphilly, and a whole lot of coffee.”

Source: Esquire
Published: Nov 16, 2020
Length: 19 minutes (4,801 words)

‘Something Extremely Bad Is Happening Here’

“Teens are dying by suicide at an alarming rate. Public health officials call it a crisis. Researchers have identified several clusters nationwide. The survivors in this Arizona community are fighting back.”

Source: Esquire
Published: Oct 20, 2020
Length: 25 minutes (6,480 words)

The Crushing Reality of Zoom School

“Zoom school becomes a portal into worlds you never see as a parent making awkward smalltalk at pickup. You can hear a mom working a job doing collections for medical billing. Call after call. A dad who calls his sister on speakerphone. They fight most days. Grandparents asking how long it’s going to take. There are babies wailing.”

Author: Dan Sinker
Source: Esquire
Published: Sep 16, 2020
Length: 6 minutes (1,524 words)

‘A Felony Just to Own’: The Sleazy Story Behind Penthouse’s Most Controversial Issue

“Peter Bloch, Penthouse‘s then-executive editor: “It was the best-selling issue of Penthouse of all time. Hands down. A complete sellout in, like, two days. You couldn’t get a copy. So there were guys paying—and this is something I saw with my own eyes—a dollar for a peek. A peek!””

Source: Esquire
Published: Sep 15, 2020
Length: 12 minutes (3,137 words)

How to Cool It

“I’m questioning the values on which this country thinks of itself as being based.” James Baldwin’s landmark 1968 interview about race relations in America.

Source: Esquire
Published: Jul 1, 1968
Length: 32 minutes (8,214 words)

Do We Really Want to Live Without the Post Office?

The history and future of the American mail system, an incredible story from 2013 that is relevant once again.

Source: Esquire
Published: Jan 22, 2013
Length: 40 minutes (10,136 words)

My Oversubscribed Life

If subscription-based businesses can let us use our time more efficiently, then why was this subscriber not using her time for anything more than scrolling through her feeds, imagining future life-optimization?

Source: Esquire
Published: Apr 16, 2020
Length: 11 minutes (2,939 words)