The Last Glimpses of California’s Vanishing Hippie Utopias

“When members trickle out of a commune but retain their stake in the property, ownership can become a tricky issue. Often co-owners will refuse to sell their share because of ideological reasons—many members of Northern California’s communes acquired land to liberate it from logging and developers. This is why large, expensive swaths of land sometimes remain uninhabited even after all members of a commune have long since decamped.”

Source: GQ
Published: Sep 9, 2021
Length: 24 minutes (6,078 words)

The Sopranos of Berlin: A Brutal Crime Family and a Billion Dollar Jewel Heist

“For such thieves, there is no more desirable prize than the crown jewels of the great monarchies of Europe. Putting aside whatever cultural significance these treasures may have later accrued—landing them in museums—the simple fact is that these pieces were made of materials that are still quite valuable today. The authorities feared that if they didn’t catch a quick break, pieces of the Green Vault collection would be lost forever.”

Source: GQ
Published: Aug 18, 2021
Length: 24 minutes (6,208 words)

The Untold Stories of Wes Studi

“Wes starring in films that have nothing to do with Native American heritage is something we acutely desire: to be allowed to play parts without having to authenticate our realness as Indians.”

Source: GQ
Published: Jul 22, 2021
Length: 18 minutes (4,676 words)

Jason Sudeikis Is Having One Hell of a Year

“He got famous playing a certain kind of funny guy on SNL, but when Jason Sudeikis invented Ted Lasso, the sensitive soccer coach with the earnest mustache, the actor found a different gear—and a surprise hit. Now, ahead of the show’s second season, Sudeikis discusses his wild ride of a year and how he’s learning to pay closer attention to what the universe is telling him.”

Author: Zach Baron
Source: GQ
Published: Jul 13, 2021
Length: 20 minutes (5,000 words)

The Water in May

“Through the glass looking onto the tarmac, we watched the coffin being raised towards the cargo hold of the parked plane. It was inside a shipping container, wrapped thoroughly. It might not have been obvious that it was a coffin.”

Author: Ken Leung
Source: GQ
Published: Jun 17, 2021
Length: 41 minutes (10,277 words)

The Marathon Men Who Can’t Go Home

“Each had come to America with the hope of making life-changing money that they could send back home to their families. What they found was an often desperate existence in their adopted homeland.”

Author: David Alm
Source: GQ
Published: May 21, 2021
Length: 19 minutes (4,800 words)

What My Korean Father Taught Me About Defending Myself in America

“And he said something I would never forget. ‘The best fighter in tae kwon do never fights,’ he said. ‘He always finds another way.”

Source: GQ
Published: May 14, 2021
Length: 14 minutes (3,680 words)

Hiding Out in Montana with Bill Pullman

“It’s been an overwhelming year—the isolation, the stalled shoots, the erosion of our democracy—but he finds that here in central Montana simpler conflicts abide.”

Source: GQ
Published: May 12, 2021
Length: 12 minutes (3,001 words)

The Secrets of the World’s Greatest Jailbreak Artist

“Master criminal Rédoine Faïd loved the movies, and his greatest crimes were laced with tributes: to Point Break, Heat, and Reservoir Dogs. When he landed in a maximum-security prison, cinema provided inspiration once again.”

Source: GQ
Published: Apr 27, 2021
Length: 29 minutes (7,411 words)

Finding My Father Among the Astronauts

“It took more than a decade for me to realize that I never really wanted to become a pilot so much as I wanted to become like my dad, to achieve what others deemed impossible.”

Source: GQ
Published: Apr 28, 2021
Length: 14 minutes (3,560 words)