The Comedian’s Comedian’s Comedian
A profile of Garry Shandling.
A profile of Garry Shandling.
The immersive mise en scène of a Hollister flagship store, redolent of California beach towns that don’t exist, “lazy, hygienic sexuality,” and weed.
How a burst blood vessel transformed the mind of a deliberate, controlled chiropractor into that of an utterly unfiltered, massively prolific artist.
On George Plimpton and the founders of The Paris Review.
Early in the fifties another young generation of American expatriates in Paris became twenty-six years old, but they were not Sad Young Men, nor were they Lost; they were the witty, irreverent sons of a conquering nation.
A Wisconsin basement gave birth to one of the most influential narratives of our times – Dungeons and Dragons – sending its creator, E. Gary Gygax, on a strange and perilous journey of his own.
When James Brown died on Christmas Day 2006, he left behind a fortune worth tens, maybe hundreds, of millions of dollars. The problem is, he also left behind fourteen children, sixteen grandchildren, eight mothers of his children, several mistresses, thirty lawyers, a former manager, an aging dancer, a longtime valet, and a sister who’s really not a sister but calls herself the Godsister of Soul anyway.
A trip to the Famous Poets Society convention/contest in Reno.
Scott Storch, a producer who earned six figures for beats he made in less than an hour, was worth an estimated $70 million. Then he blew it all in a bizarre cocaine binge.
On the enduring appeal, both amateur and academic, of man vs. dinosaur.
A profile of the singer as he returns to the stage for the first time in a dozen years.
On a book of photographs shot by Leni Riefenstahl in the 1950s and 1960s depicting an African tribe.
An essay on motivation.
On Johnny Carson, a cold man in a hot seat.
In Austin in 1973, politicos and hippies could get together and create violent, visionary horror films for $60,000. So they did. The story of how The Texas Chainsaw Massacre got made.
“Every Sunday at my house … we watched The Ed Sullivan Show…. Whether we enjoyed it or not. That was my first lesson in show business. I don’t think anybody in the house particularly enjoyed it. We just watched it. Maybe that’s the purpose of television. You just turn it on and watch it whether you want to or not.”
Hunting Marlon Brando.
A profile of Harold Ramis, director of Groundhog Day, who died today.
After two years of filming Lawrence of Arabia, Peter O'Toole returns to his childhood home in Ireland.
Plus: 50 years later, Gay Talese remembers the late Peter O'Toole.
How the CIA used a fake science fiction film to sneak six Americans out of revolutionary Iran. The declassified story that became Ben Affleck’s Argo.
On a business that sells packaged pre-sliced apples as snack food.
Reverse engineering the details of a murder that took place in St. Louis on Christmas Night in 1895 from over a century of popular song.
On the power of youth literature.
A wedding photographer catches up with his past clients.
A “crude table-tennis arcade game” called Pong and the birth of the video game industry.
Los Angeles’ Wolvesmouth and the unlicensed dining industry.