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)

Michael Chabon: Are Kids the Enemy of Writing?

Four-time father Michael Chabon reconciles ignoring the advice of a great, un-named Southern writer who told him that having children would diminish his writerly productivity.

Source: GQ
Published: Apr 27, 2018
Length: 8 minutes (2,008 words)

The Great High School Impostor

What Artur Samarin pulled off at a school in small-town Pennsylvania is one of the boldest hoaxes of our time.

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

The Real Story of the Hawaiian Missile Crisis

At 8:07 am on January 13, 2018, hundreds of thousands of Hawaiians confronted their darkest fear: What would you do with only minutes left to live? Sean Flynn counts down the 38 minutes that everyone in the state thought they were going to die: “Just as a nuclear war can’t be called off once it starts, neither can the warning of one.”

Author: Sean Flynn
Source: GQ
Published: Apr 2, 2018
Length: 28 minutes (7,000 words)

How Pop-Ups Took Over America’s Restaurants

“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.” 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 our trendy attraction to ephemeral dining experiences.

Source: GQ
Published: Mar 7, 2018
Length: 9 minutes (2,300 words)