Artur Samarin was a 19-year-old Ukrainian college student when he visited the U.S. via a summer exchange program and met an American couple willing to adopt him so he could stay indefinitely. There was a catch: Samarin would need to change his name to Asher Potts and enroll in school as a 14-year-old high school student.
Four-time father Michael Chabon reconciles ignoring the advice of a great, un-named Southern writer who told him that having children would diminish his writerly productivity.
What Artur Samarin pulled off at a school in small-town Pennsylvania is one of the boldest hoaxes of our time.
At 8:07 am on January 13, 2018, hundreds of thousands of Hawaiians confronted their darkest fear: What would you do with only minutes left to live? Sean Flynn counts down the 38 minutes that everyone in the state thought they were going to die: “Just as a nuclear war can’t be called off once it starts, neither can the warning of one.”
“High turnover is now a virtue” in the restaurant business, “which means the latest food trend isn’t an ingredient or a cuisine; it’s a length of time.” GQ sends Ryan Bradley to eat his way across Los Angeles in an attempt to help readers (and his 96-year-old grandmother, Bam-Bam) get to the bottom of our trendy attraction to ephemeral dining experiences.
“John Leguizamo ought to be a star,” Joshua Rivera writes, but to this day, “despite decades in Hollywood, John Leguizamo has to put on a show of his own to say anything he truly wants to say.” Leguizamo is going to keep telling his own story anyway — more and more vulnerably, “because you’ve gotta reach everybody” — by continuing his lifelong rewrite of so many revisionist histories that have left Latinx stories out of the spotlight.
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.
As traffic pointed the way out of Houston before Hurricane Harvey, a line of trucks towing small, flat-bottomed boats made their way into the city. The Cajun Navy would save hundreds of lives from flooded out neighborhoods, and instead of rejecting their help, the government embraced it, entrusting much of the evacuation to this rag-tag band of individuals, preferring them over the Red Cross, and in some cases, the National Guard.
The untold story of what it felt like to fight that fire and to flee it — a story of a thousand impossible decisions and the people who dared to make them.
Jackie Chan is a one-man industry. Like all one-man industries, however, he relies on many, many other people. This GQ profile of Chan by Alex Pappademas introduces you to the man himself, but also to those around him: co-stars, directors, and most important of all, the Jackie Chan Stunt Team.