Roger Ebert: The Essential Man
A profile of the film critic.
A profile of the film critic.
A profile of Edna Buchanan, a Pulitzer Prize-winning crime reporter for the Miami Herald during its heyday.
Deep Throat, unmasked.
A review of several books on Rupert Murdoch first criticizes the authors for not grasping the many sides of their subject, then offers a thesis of its own. He’s “not so much a man, or a cultural force, as a portrait of the modern world.”
Gang-bang buffet tables, deeply earnest 'Letters to the Editor,' ghost-writing Kierkegaard references into model bios in Barely Legal, and how a half-decade of reviewing porn eroded the thin line between the author's alter egos and self.
For 60 years, the weekly Evening Whirl attacked the drug lords, whoring preachers, and hypocritical bourgeoisie of St. Louis’ black community, sometimes in rhyming Iambic couplets.
Confessions of a presidential campaign reporter.
A profile of Jill Abramson from her first weeks as executive editor of The New York Times.
A wide-ranging chat with the magazine editor.
The backstory of “The Duke in His Domain,” Truman Capote’s 1957 New Yorker profile of Marlon Brando.
The allure of conclusion-shaping and a wunderkind’s fall.
The former editor of the New York Observer, profiled.
“Has anybody in Westchester County ever called the New York Times his or her ‘friend’? I realize that the rest of America, in its post-Katrina fatigue, is pretty tired of hearing New Orleanians, the city’s acolytes and defenders, always carrying on about how it’s the most unique city in America, but, the fact is, it is. Get over it.
And so, too, is its newspaper.”
On the craft of reporting poverty.
The life’s work of Cosmo editor-in-chief Helen Gurley Brown.
How Cosmo, with 64 international editions and a readership that would make it the world’s 16th largest country, conquered the globe.
A history of The New Yorker and its editors, from founder Harold Ross through Tina Brown.
The author interviews her mother about life as a secretary at Playboy in 1960s New York City.
The taming of the political reporter.
A self-conscious celebrity profile.
On the mid-sixties birth of America’s underground newspaper movement and the rise of The Realist, East Village Other, Berkeley Barb, and more.
Uncovered letters reveal ties between the literary magazine and the CIA’s Congress for Cultural Freedom.
As Playboy magazine moves to Los Angeles, the writer considers its place in the Midwest.
No other general interest magazine tried to reach readers in the wide swathe of land between New York and California. “It was a Midwestern magazine, designed for people there. If you wanted it to be hip, edgy, go toe-to-toe with GQ, you were making a mistake,” said Chris Napolitano, a former executive editor who began at Playboy in 1988.
On the ouster of CEO Janet Robinson and the company’s financial woes.
A profile of the Mexican newsweekly, a “lone voice” in reporting on the narcos.