The Promise That Tested My Parents Until the End

“As long as he is here, their story, however unlikely, is not yet over. She cries because the end of him is the end of a possibility. And I think, not for the first time, how little I still know about love.”

Source: GQ
Published: Nov 23, 2020
Length: 15 minutes (3,852 words)

Trevor Noah Is Still Trying to Explain America to Itself. It’s Getting Harder.

For GQ, Wesley Lowery interviews Daily Show host Trevor Noah.

Source: GQ
Published: Nov 18, 2020
Length: 18 minutes (4,648 words)

The Mystery of the Immaculate Concussion

“He was a senior CIA official tasked with getting tough on Russia. Then, one night in Moscow, Marc Polymeropoulos’s life changed forever. He says he was hit with a mysterious weapon, joining dozens of American diplomats and spies who believe they’ve been targeted with this secret device all over the world—and even at home, on U.S. soil.”

Source: GQ
Published: Oct 20, 2020
Length: 35 minutes (8,930 words)

The Making (and Remaking) of Timothée Chalamet

A profile of a Hollywood “It Boy” as he figures out celebrity stardom during a tumultuous year.

Source: GQ
Published: Oct 15, 2020
Length: 33 minutes (8,482 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)

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)