Friday, April 13

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Guns N' Roses: Outta Control

On the road with the band:

Axl Rose is carrying on like an Apache. He stormed into his home state for a concert and compared the fans there to prisoners at Auschwitz. He showed up two hours late for a New York show and launched into a tirade against his record company and various other institutions, including this magazine. He steamrolled into St. Louis, and before he left town, a riot had broken out. During an encore in Salt Lake City, he got ticked off because the Mormons weren't rocking and said, "I'll get out of here before I put anybody else to sleep." Then he did.

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"Jerry Maguire Aspires to Be You"

In 1999, “original superagent” Leigh Steinberg represented 86 NFL athletes. His life today:

At age 63, Steinberg -- for years hailed as the real-life Maguire -- now finds himself a bankrupt, recovering alcoholic, plotting a comeback from the bottom. And before 10 p.m. tonight, as mandated by the California Bar Association, he must show that his urine is clean.

Thursday, April 12

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My So-Called Ex-Gay Life

A young man’s personal account of undergoing “ex-gay treatment.”

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The Big Book

A profile of Robert Caro, who’s been working on a biography on Lyndon Johnson for nearly 40 years.

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Ultimate Fighting vs. Math: No Holds Barred

What happens when Moneyball-style statistical analysis is applied to mixed martial arts.

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Eric Rudolph Slept Here

How did the most wanted man in America, the serial bomber behind the Atlanta Olympics explosion, survive for five years in the North Carolina woods? And was he helped?

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American Mozart

A profile of Kanye West.

Wednesday, April 11

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The Republic of Marfa

A history of a small Texas town deep in the Chihuahuan desert:

The isolation is such that if you laid out the islands of the Hawaiian archipelago, and the deep ocean channels that separate them, on the road between Marfa and the East Texas of strip shopping and George Bush Jr., you’d still have 100 miles of blank highway stretching away in front of you.

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Leonard Cohen Unplugged

A profile from his days living as a mountain monk in Southern California.

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Leading Mannequins

The life of an A-list Hollywood stylist.

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Interview: Sandra Bernhard

BARR: What makes you laugh? BERNHARD: Well, it's really a myriad of things, but usually it's something that's very organic. It's something that happens on the street. BARR: Like fat people falling down? BERNHARD: No, no . . . [laughs] BARR: That really cracks me up. It's terrible.

Tuesday, April 10

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KFC's Big Game of Chicken

How KFC brought fried chicken to China and Africa as U.S. sales slumped.