My Life Cleanse: One Month Inside L.A.’s Cult of Betterness

For one month, one man embraced a number of so-called woo-woo self-improvement practices in his adopted Los Angeles, from crystal healing to “prayer power batteries.” His journey led him to a controversial program called Mastery in Transformational Training, or M.I.T.T.

Source: GQ
Published: Nov 1, 2018
Length: 34 minutes (8,564 words)

Michael Peña Has Come to Play

After acting in practically every other movie for the last twenty years, Michael Peña still isn’t sure what to say when he has to talk about himself. He’d rather talk about his family, golf, and Latinx representation in Hollywood.

Source: GQ
Published: Oct 10, 2018
Length: 13 minutes (3,386 words)

The Ghosts of the Glacier

As Alpine glaciers recede in alarming speed, they reveal more and more bodies of people who’d died tragically on the ice, some of them considered missing for decades.

Author: Sean Flynn
Source: GQ
Published: Oct 4, 2018
Length: 16 minutes (4,138 words)

How Puerto Rico Became the Newest Tax Haven for the Super Rich

Sometimes trash washes ashore after a huge tropical storm. Sometimes opportunists do.

Source: GQ
Published: Sep 17, 2018
Length: 16 minutes (4,227 words)

The Untold Stories of Paul McCartney

Paul McCartney, the type of man who washes out his one pair of socks after the gig, is polite, profanity-averse, and still a prolific performer to this day. In Chris Heath’s GQ profile, he talks about getting mugged with Linda while recording Band on the Run in Nigeria, killing frogs on his childhood estate to “toughen himself up,” and collaborating with Kanye West.

Source: GQ
Published: Sep 11, 2018
Length: 58 minutes (14,580 words)

This Is What It’s Like to Be Kidnapped by Pirates

Trapped on a stolen tuna boat for thirty-two days with the corpse of the murdered captain, tropical heat, rumors of pending hangings, rumors of ransom negotiations, a broken anchor, a raging sea, and the lingering question: should you jump overboard and try to swim to shore? That’s just the beginning.

Source: GQ
Published: Jul 24, 2018
Length: 14 minutes (3,609 words)

The Untold Story of Otto Warmbier, American Hostage

Otto Warmbier traveled to North Korea. Otto Warmbier lost consciousness while in North Korean custody. Otto Warmbier is now dead. And despite what an unsubstantiated report or an unscrupulous administration says, that’s about all we know.

Source: GQ
Published: Jul 23, 2018
Length: 39 minutes (9,758 words)

Is There a Place for Hooters in 2018?

Ethically, no, but as long as profits dictate, then yes.

Source: GQ
Published: Jun 19, 2018
Length: 7 minutes (1,847 words)

Sarah Silverman Is the Troll Slayer

Sarah Silverman is “on a campaign to neutralize her haters with a weapon more powerful than a million burns: empathy.”

Source: GQ
Published: May 23, 2018
Length: 15 minutes (3,863 words)

The Great High School Imposter

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.

Source: GQ
Published: May 1, 2018
Length: 27 minutes (6,788 words)