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)

We Bet You Miss Weddings. America’s Greatest Wedding Band Does Too.

“The carefree manner in which the guests of the wedding interacted with one another that night stamps this story in a specific time a seeming eternity ago, before social distancing and quarantine and a great big pause on America’s $60-billion-plus-a-year wedding industrial complex.”

Source: GQ
Published: Jul 22, 2020
Length: 26 minutes (6,538 words)

A Brutal Lynching. An Indifferent Police Force. A 34-Year Wait For Justice.

“How the murder of Timothy Coggins was finally solved.”

Source: GQ
Published: Jul 17, 2020
Length: 14 minutes (3,694 words)

The Political Education of Killer Mike

“Mike is for Black banks, Black businesses, Black guns, Black colleges, Black homeownership—all things Black Americans can do here and now without passing a law or asking for permission. He’s also for using Black voting power to wrest everything we’re owed from the government. It’s Black nationalism with a hint of socialism and armed to the teeth.”

Source: GQ
Published: Jul 8, 2020
Length: 22 minutes (5,644 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)

The Remaking of Steve Buscemi

“In a rare interview, Hollywood’s most beloved misfit opens up about anxiety, loss, and the hard work of getting through it all.”

Source: GQ
Published: May 26, 2020
Length: 14 minutes (3,600 words)

Inside the Nightmare Voyage of the Diamond Princess

“At the start of the coronavirus outbreak, one ill-fated cruise ship became a symbol for the panic and confusion that would soon engulf the globe. Doug Bock Clark uncovers what two harrowing weeks trapped aboard the ‘Diamond Princess’ felt like—for unsuspecting tourists, for frightened crew members, even for the captain himself.”

Source: GQ
Published: Apr 30, 2020
Length: 34 minutes (8,638 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)

Tall Tales With Dwight Yoakam

For GQ, Alex Pappademas attempts to have a conversation with 63-year-old Dwight Yoakam, whose frenetic and continuous musical connection making acts as the perfect defense against meaningful human connection.

Source: GQ
Published: Mar 17, 2020
Length: 12 minutes (3,169 words)

Bowen Yang Is Making Saturday Night Live a Little Bit Weirder

“The bighearted comic opens up about bringing a fresh perspective to television.”

Source: GQ
Published: Mar 16, 2020
Length: 7 minutes (1,862 words)