“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.” Why have ephemeral dining experiences become the fastest-moving craze in food? 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 this evaporating attraction.
“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.
Doug Bock Clark’s gripping story starts with the assassination of Kim Jong-nam, the son and former successor of Kim Jong-il who became an enemy of North Korea (and his younger brother Kim Jong-un), but what makes this tale truly special is how Clark reports and investigates the life of Siti Aisyah, one of the two alleged killers who thought she was merely appearing on a reality TV show and thought this was her chance to finally become the star she believed she could be.
Caity Weaver chills with Jeff Bridges for this profile at GQ. At 67, Bridges is totally cool with being known as the Dude, twenty years after The Big Lebowski.
Amanda Chicago Lewis tries to track down the true identities behind BioTech Industries, a company trying to secure utility patents on pot. These strict blanket patents would allow them to slap a licensing fees on anyone who grows and sells marijuana.
Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah’s harrowing feature explores not only the background of Dylann Roof, who murdered nine parishioners of Charleston’s Emanuel AME Church in 2015, but also the racial and social identities that still prevail throughout the South.