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)

Is This the Most Powerful Man in Sports?

More than a decade ago, Alex French profiled William Wesley — aka Worldwide Wes — a Robert Moses-like power broker within the game of basketball (Bill Simmons once referred to Wesley as “a cross between Confucius, a benevolent uncle, and The Wolf from ‘Pulp Fiction’). According to ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne and Adrian Wojnarowski, the New York Knicks are poised to hire CAA mega-agent Leon Rose as the franchise’s president of basketball operations — and as Rose is close with Wesley, the New Jersey-native might be primed to join Rose in the Knicks’ front office. Are you following? If not, read French’s probing profile of Wesley, which revealed much about basketball’s most mysterious individual.

Source: GQ
Published: Jun 21, 2007
Length: 17 minutes (4,411 words)

When a Psychic Reading Costs You $740,000

There’s a cat and mouse game between psychics who scam people out of their life savings and the investigator who pursues them. But the true psychics already saw that coming.

Source: GQ
Published: Jan 9, 2020
Length: 21 minutes (5,401 words)

‘You’re My Present This Year’: An Oral History of the Folgers Incest Ad

Oh please, like you didn’t think it.

Source: GQ
Published: Dec 16, 2019
Length: 12 minutes (3,053 words)

Cryptocurrency Will Not Die

A close look at a global force that can’t be dismissed as a passing fad, but can’t be fully trusted either.

Source: GQ
Published: Nov 26, 2019
Length: 22 minutes (5,501 words)

Chaos at the Top of the World

Despite bitterly cold and harsh conditions, the prestige associated with summiting the highest mountain in the world continues to make Mount Everest a dangerous lure for many, regardless of their climbing skill and experience. Nepal and China handed out nearly 500 pricey climbing permits during the 2019 season. Partly due to a massive logjam of over 100 summit hopefuls crowding the ascent during a rare break in the weather on May 22nd and 23rd, over 11 people died on the mountain.

Source: GQ
Published: Dec 4, 2019
Length: 22 minutes (5,630 words)

The Summer of Warren

“Julia Ioffe joins Elizabeth Warren on the campaign trail, where the surging senator has spent the season overcoming her campaign’s wobbly start and getting down to business—trouncing debate foes, climbing in the polls, and somehow making a slew of policy plans feel exciting. Suddenly, she’s winning over Democrats by making the grandest ideas sound perfectly sensible, including her biggest pitch of all: That she’s the one to beat Trump.”

Source: GQ
Published: Aug 19, 2019
Length: 21 minutes (5,408 words)

The Unsolved Mystery of the Malibu Creek Murder

In the wake of a sleeping father’s murder in his tent, information emerged suggesting that someone is randomly shooting people and dumping bodies in this rugged, gorgeous region between the beach and the Valley. Theories abound. Only one thing is clear: Authorities did not use the information they had to protect the public.

Author: Zach Baron
Source: GQ
Published: Jun 20, 2019
Length: 41 minutes (10,345 words)

The Curious Cons of the Man Who Wouldn’t Die

“Do I understand what he was up against? Mark asks me. Did I see that the disease had every single advantage? When you’re facing that kind of enemy, in that kind of battle, you’re allowed to cheat, aren’t you?”

Source: GQ
Published: May 20, 2019
Length: 29 minutes (7,483 words)