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02.23.2014
ALEC BALDWIN: GOOD-BYE, PUBLIC LIFE
As told to Joe Hagan
New York Magazine


02.01.2014
TOM STEYER: AN INCONVENIENT BILLIONAIRE
How hedge-fund mogul Tom Steyer is using his checkbook to punish climate-change deniers, persuade Obama to halt the Keystone XL pipeline, and try to save the planet.
Men's Journal Magazine


12.01.2013
DEAR CHARLIE
The rocky career and enduring appeal of country legend Charlie Rich, "the missing link between Elvis Presley and Ray Charles."
Oxford American Magazine


09.22.2013
HILLARY IN MIDAIR
She's learned from her mistakes. Three years before November 8, 2016, she's working hard to be relaxed, calm, easy. But, all the while, the old Clinton gears are whirring
New York Magazine


08.23.2013
THE SUIT IN THE NEWSROOM
An unusual Times executive -- for unusual times.
New York Magazine


03.24.2013
LONG NIGHT AT 'TODAY'
And for this Matt Lauer wakes up at 4 a.m.?
New York Magazine


02.13.2013
TOM FRESTON, RUNAWAY MOGUL
Tom Freston spent 26 years pushing the likes of 'Beavis and Butt-Head,' 'Yo! MTV Raps,' and 'South Park.' Then he did something really cool: He got fired, and instead of finding another gilded media perch, he took charge of Bono's nonprofit and resumed his lifelong globe-trotting -- hooking up American conservatives with reformed warlords in Liberia and helping to bring his favorite medium to the Afghan masses.
Men's Journal Magazine


12.23.2012
BLUES CRUISE
Steaming past Guantánamo, en route to the Cayman Islands, a boatload of Republicans ponder the plight of a party at sea.
New York Magazine


10.14.2012
BUSH IN THE WILDERNESS
W.'s little brother wrestles with a complicated legacy -- and positions himself for the next chance
New York Magazine


08.02.2012
THE LONG, LAWLESS RIDE OF SHERIFF JOE ARPAIO
Locking up the innocent. Arresting his critics. Racial profiling. Meet America's meanest and most corrupt politician.
Rolling Stone Magazine


05.26.2012
A NEW YORK TIMES WHODUNIT
Who slew Times CEO Janet Robinson? Was it Arthur Sulzberger's new lady friend? The advertising market? The frustrated web guru? Or the ambitious Sulzberger cousin?
New York Magazine


05.2012
TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES
Eight years ago, Dan Rather broadcast an explosive report on the Air National Guard service of President George W. Bush. It was supposed to be the legendary newsman's finest hour. Instead, it blew up in his face, tarnishing his career forever and casting a dark cloud of doubt and suspicion over his reporting--and that of every other journalist on the case. This month, as Rather returns with a new memoir, Joe Hagan finally gets to the bottom of the greatest untold story in modern Texas politics, with exclusive, never-before-seen details that shed fresh light on who was right, who was wrong, and what really happened.
Texas Monthly Magazine


05.2012
HOW A GEEK GRILLS A BURGER
Since cashing out of Microsoft, software genius Nathan Myhrvold has lived a nerd fantasy -- digging up T. rexes, dabbling in Formula One, and creating a cooking bible only a mad scientist could love.
Men's Journal Magazine


04.08.2012
BILL MAHER; "IT WON'T HURT YOU. IT'S VAPOR."
How a cynical stoner Johnny Carson disciple with a habit of going too far managed to occupy an important place in the national conversation.
New York Magazine


01.30.2012
THE COMING TSUNAMI OF SLIME
How Super-PACs, vulnerable candidates, and armies of mercenaries will converge to create the ugliest campaign ever.
New York Magazine


10.10.2011
TWEET SCIENCE
Twitter is building a machine to convert 140 characters on Barack Obama, Ashton Kutcher, narcissism, the struggle for human freedom, and Starbucks into cash--and quick, before its moment passes. Is this asking too much of even the world's best technologists?
New York Magazine


05.27.2011
A STRANGE MAN IS FOLLOWING YOU
Shouting about mind-control assassins, the 9/11 conspiracy, and the Bilderberg Group, radio host Alex Jones has cornered the bi-partisan paranoia market.
New York Magazine


02.28.2011
GODDANGIT, BABY, WE'RE MAKING GOOD TIME
With a new master plan for the GOP, Karl Rove is revving up for a comeback.
New York Magazine


10.10.2010
THE RETURN OF GOVERNOR MOONBEAM...
And other hallucinations from the Golden State.
New York Magazine


07.11.2010
WHAT WOULD A MAVERICK DO?
John McCain, still at war.
New York Magazine


07.01.2010
I WISH I KNEW HOW IT WOULD FEEL TO BE FREE
The Secret Diary of Nina Simone
The Believer Magazine


03.07.20010
THE CHENEY GOVERNMENT IN EXILE
The former vice-president has a plan to ensure his legacy: the political future of his daughter Liz.
New York Magazine


10.05.2009
THE DOW ZERO INSURGENCY
The nothing-can-be-believed chaos of the financial crisis created a golden opportunity for a blog run by a mysterious ex-hedge-funder with a dodgy past and conspiracy theories to burn.
New York Magazine


08.03.2009
TENACIOUS G
Inside Goldman Sachs, America's most successful, cynical, envied, despised, and (in its view, anyway) misunderstood engine of capitalism.
New York Magazine


07.01.2009
THE BALLAD OF BENJI HUGHES
One of the best pop songwriters in America has an almost-perfect album that's never seen the light of day. He also wrote a jingle for Captain Morgan rum and enjoys tubin' the Green River.
The Believer Magazine


05.28.2009
STEVE EARLE CHASES GHOSTS   //   [ PDF ]
The country rocker almost died emulating his damaged mentor, Townes Van Zandt. On a new tribute album, Earle looks back.
Rolling Stone Magazine


05.18.2009
LET THERE BE DOOM
The paradoxically soothing effects of very, very heavy metal.
New York Magazine


03.09.2009
THE MOST POWERLESS POWERFUL MAN ON WALL STREET
How Citi CEO Vikram Pandit finally reached the top -- just in time to see the financial system, Citigroup, and all his dreams come crashing down.
New York Magazine


02.02.2009
STOCK SURFING THE TSUNAMI
Ordinary investors may flee the market's dizzying ups and downs, but Peter Milman and his kind hang on tight while riding the giant waves of uncertainty. There's nothing more exhilarating than to catch the perfect surge.
New York Magazine


10.13.2009
BLEEDING 'TIMES' BLOOD
Which is more important to a 25-year-old Ochs-Sulzberger heir: the sense of honor that comes with owning the New York Times, or enough money to do whatever he wants for the rest of his life?
New York Magazine


06.16.2008
A PUNK IN EXILE
Tod A. lit out for parts unknown when W. was reelected -- and made an album of his journeys.
New York Magazine


05.06.2008
MAHARASHI MAHESH YOGI   //   [ PDF ]
Guru to Beatles and Beach Boys dies in the Netherlands.
Rolling Stone Magazine


05.05.2008
ONLY THE MEN SURVIVE
The Crash of Zoe Cruz.
New York Magazine


02.11.2008
ROGER & HIM
Brian McNamee is an upstanding citizen (or a man with a shady past) who was best friends with Roger Clemens (or just worked for him) and who designed a famous training regimen for the all-star pitcher (or took credit for it) and injected him with steroids (or vitamins). Is baseball's unreliable witness actually telling the truth?
New York Magazine


12.30.2007
DAN RATHER'S LAST BIG STORY IS HIMSELF
After the Bush National Guard story exploded on CBS' corporate brass, Dan Rather says, the fix was in and he was the fall guy. So he filed a lawsuit, aiming to take down his enemies -- but even supporters worry that the person he may take down is himself.
New York Magazine


11.05.2007
THE SUCKER WEARS A WIRE
How's a lowly day trader to survive in the new, high-stakes Wall Street? Cheat. Then flip.
New York Magazine


07.16.2007
ALAS, POOR COURIC   //   [ PDF ]
But pity her not.
New York Magazine


07.01.2007
GETTING REAL   //   [ PDF ]
He's got an early lead in Iowa, is polling ahead of Hillary and Obama against the GOP, and has the best hair on the campaign trail. Now all John Edwards needs to do is convince America that he's got what it takes the crush the red state/blue state divide.
Men's Vogue Magazine


06.01.2007
TRANSIT BYZANTIUM   //   [ PDF ]
With his amazing talent for pop hooks and heartbreaking, septa-toned songs, why did Bill Fox stop playing music?
The Believer Magazine


03.12.2007
THE TIME OF THEIR LIVES
The last three managing editors of Time were good friends, all members of an elite club. Now the newest one has been charged with blowing up the clubhouse.
New York Magazine


12.01.2006
DAVE EGGER'S SMALL NOTION
The staggering genius has built McSweeney's into a modestly sized (and modestly profitable) multimedia publishing empire, all without advertising.
Forbes.com


12.04.2006
THE ONCE AND FUTURE KISSINGER
As another failed war threatens to tarnish his legacy, Henry Kissinger attempts to clarify his record -- by evading, skirting, stretching, hedging, and stonewalling like the diplomatic master he is.
New York Magazine


09.18.2006
THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA VS. BILL KELLER
How hard is it to be executive editor of the New York Times today? The White House calls him a traitor. He gets roasted every day on talk shows and blogs. The newsroom is losing faith. The paper is shrinking. And the worst part is that fighting back means overcoming his own nature.
New York Magazine


06.19.2006
CHARLIE THE CONQUEROR
While Diane Sawyer waffled about taking over as the ABC evening-news anchor and the pregnant Elizabeth Vargas tried to hold on to it, her formally avuncular Good Morning America co-host Charles Gibson swooped in and seized the throne for himself.
New York Magazine


05.22.2006
THE BREAKING OF MICHAEL ARAD
When the then-34-year-old architect won the ground-zero-memorial competition, he looked like the Maya Lin of 9/11 -- a bright, shining star out of nowhere who would build a breathtaking new landmark. Two years later, all we've got is a pile of dirt, a price estimate nearing $1 billion, and a nasty, behind-the-scenes war of wills.
New York Magazine


04.20.2006
BUCK OWENS 1929-2006   //   [ PDF ]
The king of the Bakersfield Sound gave country a rock & roll edge.
Rolling Stone Magazine


02.11.2006
TALK-SHOW METTLE: MR. EISNER BUILDS DREAM TV BACKDROP   //   [ PDF ]
Frank Gehry designs a set for the Disney Ex-Chief; warming the titanium.
The Wall Street Journal


01.21.2006
FUNNY BUSINESS   //   [ PDF ]
HBO tries to revive the sitcom. But can foul-mouthed Louis C.K. thrive in a feel-good genre?
The Wall Street Journal


08.12.2001
HURLING YOUR BASIC ROCK AT THE ARTY CROWD   //   [ PDF ]
The White Stripes recall a primitive sound full of zeal. But they're self-aware and clever, too.
The New York Times


10.22.2000
AN INCORRECT ARTIFACT WITH AGING FANS   //   [ PDF ]
Unlike his peers, Clive Baldwin opts for historical exactitude over the merely sentimental, bringing back an image of Al Jolson that has come to symbolize, for many, the less quaint aspects of the era.
The New York Times


06.01.2000
THE COMMISSAR OF CAPITALISM   //   [ PDF ]
Touring Indonesia, Mark Mobius is minding other people's money -- and, he hopes, shining a point of light into the heart of darkness.
Civilization Magazine