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Why All the Comedy Men Are So Awful | GQ
Richard Pryor was angry. It was 1972, and Pryor was in the south of France shooting a movie called Hit! with Billy Dee Williams. He brought his girlfriend Patricia Heitman along and, at one point during the trip, she allegedly walked in on Pryor in bed with a hooker. According to biographer Scott Saul, Pryor then invited Patricia to join in the action. When she declined, Pryor flew into a rage, expressing his displeasure by beating her, tearing her clothes off, and throwing her out of the room. Patricia, not one to be cowed, got back at him later by sprinkling rat poison in his socks and underwear.
comedy  louisck  drewmagary  gq  sexualabuse  sexualassault  misogyny  standup  standupcomedy 
november 2017 by brendanmcfadden
T La Rock, the Man Who Forgot He Was a Rap Legend | GQ
T La Rock was one of the pioneers of hip-hop, an old-school legend sampled by Public Enemy and Nas. But after a brutal attack put him in a nursing home, he had to fight to recover his identity, starting with the fact that he’d ever been a rapper at all.
music  hiphop  gq  tlarock  oldschoolhiphop 
october 2017 by brendanmcfadden
The Untold Story of Kim Jong-nam’s Assassination | GQ
Two women had the most audacious task. Killing the brother of the North Korean leader. Right out in the open, using deadly chemical weapons in an international airport. And the craziest thing? They had no idea what they'd gotten into.
assassination  culture  indonesia  northkorea  kimjonnam  crime  GQ 
october 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Jackie Chan’s Plan to Keep Kicking Forever | GQ
Jackie Chan is in his 60s now. His stunts aren’t as insane as they once were, but he’s back on American screens with a killer new revenge flick called The Foreigner (Jackie vs. evil James Bond!).
alexpappademas  jackiechain  film  cinema  martialarts  GQ 
october 2017 by brendanmcfadden
A Most American Terrorist: The Making Of Dylann Roof | GQ
“What are you?” a member of the Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston asked at the trial of the white man who killed eight of her fellow black parishioners and their pastor. “What kind of subhuman miscreant could commit such evil?... What happened to you, Dylann?”
Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah spent months in South Carolina searching for an answer to those questions—speaking with Roof’s mother, father, friends, former teachers, and victims’ family members, all in an effort to unlock what went into creating one of the coldest killers of our time.
america  racism  gq  dylannroof  terrorism  whitesupremacy  murder  crime  rachelkaadzighansah 
september 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Nashville to Oxford: The Tastiest Southern-Fried Road Trip You'll Ever Take
Biscuits. BBQ. Bourbon. This is how to eat your way from Nashville, Tennessee, to Oxford, Mississippi.
southernfood  food  restaurants  nashville  tennessee  oxford  mississippi  memphis  GQ 
june 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Upon This Rock | GQ
Rock music used to be a safe haven for degenerates and rebels. Until it found Jesus
gq  music  christianrock  christianity 
october 2016 by brendanmcfadden
The Undefeated Champions of Defeat City
Camden, New Jersey, is America's most dangerous city, a once proud place now ravaged by addiction and poverty and guns and decay. It's also a really unlikely place to start a Little League.
baseball  littleleague  newjersey  camden  gq  poverty  violence  crime  kids  children 
january 2016 by brendanmcfadden
The Strange Tale of the North Pond Hermit
For nearly thirty years, a phantom haunted the woods of Central Maine. Unseen and unknown, he lived in secret, creeping into homes in the dead of night and surviving on what he could steal. To the spooked locals, he became a legend—or maybe a myth. They wondered how he could possibly be real. Until one day last year, the hermit came out of the forest
gq  hermit  maine 
september 2014 by brendanmcfadden
Murder of an Idealist
For six hours on September 11, the American compounds in Benghazi, Libya, stood siege. When the attack was over, J. Christopher Stevens's body was pulled from the wreckage—the first U.S. ambassador killed by militants in over thirty years. Since then, his death has been politicized and the details of the attack distorted. Sean Flynn straightens out the story of Stevens's last days in Libya—and reveals the true believer we lost that day
politics  terrorism  diplomacy  christopherstevens  GQ  libya 
november 2012 by brendanmcfadden
Rocket Man
A year ago, nobody knew Jeremy Lin from the Harvard kid in the next cubicle. But now, with a new NBA season about to start, it's proving time: can this soft-spoken boy wonder lead a franchise of his own? GQ joined Lin for his first trip back to New York since he was cast out of the Knicks' kingdom this summer and found out what he's got in store for...Linsanity: The Sequel
sports  willleitch  Linsanity  basketball  JeremyLin  GQ 
october 2012 by brendanmcfadden
They Retort, You Decide!
Hundreds of millions of dollars, countless hours on the trail—it all comes down to this. For three debates, 270 combined minutes, the candidates will actually talk to each other. One botched response, a roll of the eyes, or—heaven forbid—a truly revealing moment will mean the difference between winning and, well, being John McCain. Robert Draper goes behind the scenes, talks to an army of strategists, and reveals the dark-arts trickery and clever gamesmanship that could ultimately determine the next leader of the free world.
debates  presidency  politcs  gq 
october 2012 by brendanmcfadden
"The Best TV Show That's Ever Been" - Cheers Oral History
So says Amy Poehler, and she isn't alone in thinking Cheers is pretty much perfect. On the thirtieth anniversary of the show's premiere, GQ sat down with just about everyone who made it and asked them about creating Sam and Diane, the birth of Norm!, Woody Harrelson's one-night stands, and many other secrets of what became TV's funniest guy show of all time
writing  oralhistory  gq  comedy  television  cheers 
october 2012 by brendanmcfadden
Empire of Ice
On a $500 million man-made island in the frozen Arctic Ocean, just off the coast of a vast, uninhabitable tundra known as Alaska’s North Slope, a pipeline begins. In temperatures that hover around forty-five degrees below zero, in perpetual darkness, a tight-knit band of roughnecks spends twelve hours a day, seven days a week, drilling down, down into the earth and pulling up precious crude. If you want to know how badly we need oil, here is your answer
oil  gq 
june 2012 by brendanmcfadden
My Father and Me: A Spy Story
It was just a favor to dear old dad. But the next thing Nathan Nicholson knew, he was jet-setting around the world under cover and selling state secrets to the Russians. You know what they say: Like father, like spy
espionage  gq 
june 2012 by brendanmcfadden
The People V. Football
When Jeanne Marie Laskas started reporting on the devastating impact of repeated hits to football players' brains in 2009, the NFL was still in denial. By now the evidence is irrefutable, and every bloody Sunday (and Monday and Thursday) it becomes a little harder not to cringe with each collision. But if you're a guy like former star linebacker Fred McNeill who's living with the effects of those hits, the question is: How can we keep watching the game—and how can we keep asking our kids to play it?
gq  concussions  cte  football  nfl  brain  health 
may 2012 by brendanmcfadden

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