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Playboy Interview: George Carlin

“It’s the American view that everything has to keep climbing: productivity, profits, even comedy. No time for reflection. No time to contract before another expansion. No time to grow up. No time to fuck up. No time to learn from your mistakes. But that notion goes against nature, which is cyclical.”


Harry Devert Took a Wrong Turn in Mexico

The last trip of a dedicated wanderer.


How a Michigan Farmer Made $4 Million Smuggling Rare Pez Containers Into the U.S.

“In essence, Pez ordered his economic assassination,” said a fellow Pez dealer.


An Interview with Dan Savage

Talking with the most read—and most controversial—sex columnnist today.


Playboy Interview: David Fincher

“It was offensive to me on a certain level that when Saw and those other movies came out, people said, “Well, torture porn really started with Seven.” Fuck you. There’s enough pervy shit going on in Seven that I don’t have to get on my high horse to defend its artistic sensibilities.”


The Dating Game

An oral history of the Tinderverse.


Steven Seagal's Fight for Mother Russia

The aging action star’s second wind abroad: political maneuvering, many guns and, most importantly, a market for his B movies.


A Sordid But Instructive Interval At Soldier of Fortune Magazine

A personal history of Soldier of Fortune magazine and the mercenary-wannabes who read and wrote it.


Playboy Interview: Robin Williams

“If you take the chance, sometimes you’ll find something so magnificent that it was worth dying for, and sometimes you’ll find nothing and have a horrible night. To go deeper with it, that’s the most interesting challenge.”


Mr. Mike's America

A cross-country drive with Michael O'Donoghue, the first head writer of Saturday Night Live.

Previously: The Longform Guide to SNL.


Good Ole Boy, Johnny Cash

A mid-career profile of Johnny Cash.


The Man in the Bomb Suit

Embedded with a U.S. bomb squad in Baghdad.

The story that inspired The Hurt Locker.