In Defense of the Fistfight — This whole thing started-or maybe it ended-with these guys engaging in some ritualistic, Hare Krishna clapping shit. They were sitting at a table across the bar from my buddy Phil and me. We were trying to enjoy a quiet pint in our quiet local on a quiet evening, but these hippies wouldn't quit with their clapping.

The Best "And" Guys in TV History — William Shatner, Police Squad! 1982 This seems like a cop-out, but it isn't. For Shatner's power as an actor, he was given the longest guest-star role in Police Squad! history: six seconds. (The rest were unceremoniously killed off during the opening credits.)

Home — Only one hundred single-serving pouches of instant were allotted for him on Expedition Six, stowed in the galley in a metal drawer with a black net stretched over its mouth to make sure the pouches wouldn't float away.
Aug 27, 2015

Don Pettitt is indeed an engineering weenie and a dork. Also, an absolutely fearless badass:……

Price Is Right Perfect Bid — The Price is Right never had a contestant guess the exact value of prizes in the Showcase showdown. Until Terry Kniess outsmarted everyone - and changed everything. Terry Kniess has prepared. Over the back of the living-room couch, he's draped the yellow T-shirts he and his wife, Linda, wore that fateful morning on The Price Is Right.
Aug 07, 2015

@odienator did you read the Esquire piece a few years ago about the guy who bid the exact amount on a Showcase?…

John F. Kennedy Assassination Flight — Air Force One. Fifty years later, what happened after JFK died has fully come to light. Published in the October 2013 80th Anniversary issue 12:30 P.M., CENTRAL STANDARD TIME Colonel James Swindal, a handsome forty-six-year-old carpenter's son from Alabama and the pilot of Air Force One, sits in the communications shack behind his cockpit, pushing back a roast-beef sandwich.

Chris Jones Teller Magician Profile — Published in the October 2012 issue On or about March 15 of this year, Teller - the smaller, quieter half of the magicians Penn & Teller - says he received an e-mail from a friend in New York. In that e-mail, the friend included a link to a video on YouTube called the Rose & Her Shadow.
Jul 16, 2015

And because I'm self-absorbed and sentimental, here's my 2012 story on @MrTeller, maybe my favorite:…

Oct 06, 2015

Then I was reminded of this Teller profile. Can't believe it's 3 years old now. One of my favorite magazine pieces:…

Nov 20, 2015

I re-read this profile of Teller, and his tricks, about once a year. It's a great example of feature as storytelling…

Nov 20, 2015

RT @helenlewis: I re-read this profile of Teller, and his tricks, about once a year. It's a great example of feature as storytelling…

Thanksgiving for Single Dads — I watch people. It's a terrible habit, but I can't shake it. I stare at strangers in restaurants and on trains, and I play deduction games, turning the smallest physical clues into the stories of their lives. Hands are usually good giveaways. Mouths. Eyes. Everywhere I look, I see signs and make judgments.
Jun 21, 2015

Also super excellent is this piece by @MySecondEmpire about single dads who truly love their kids:…

How Money Is Made — Unless you're more of a player than we think you are, that new hundred-dollar bill coming this fall won't wind up in your pocket very often. But it may be America's most popular export, the most coveted bill in the world. And the story of the new hundred

Penélope Cruz Sexiest Woman Alive 2014 — More Photos of the Sexiest Woman Alive Some of them had forgotten, or maybe had never known, that a sword would be behind the red cape, and they began streaming out of Madrid's Plaza de Toros midway through the first fight.

The Things That Carried Him — Originally published in the May 2008 issue. Indiana, The End Don Collins stood in the sun and mapped out in his mind a rectangle on the grass, eight feet by three feet. He is forty-nine, wears a handful of pomade in his hair, and no longer needs a tape to take the measure of things.
May 22, 2015

Happy Memorial Day weekend, my American friends. Please take a moment to remember Sgt. Joey Montgomery:…

May 23, 2015

RT @MySecondEmpire: Happy Memorial Day weekend, my American friends. Please take a moment to remember Sgt. Joey Montgomery:…

May 25, 2015

A Memorial Day read. @esquire used its daily email to share this amazing piece from my friend @MySecondEmpire…

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Nov 18, 2015

Hope you're all happy and well. I'm working on some things. Now, back to life as a monk.

Nov 18, 2015

This (linked) video I showed does a better job of explaining the creative process than anything I could say:…

Nov 18, 2015

A transcript of a speech I gave recently in Cluj, Romania: Nine Rules of Creative Work.…

Oct 30, 2015

Really sorry to hear about @Grantland33. Thoughts with friends and colleagues. I look forward to your next great work.

Aug 26, 2015

Honestly, to hell with this miserable place. See you guys later.

Aug 26, 2015

Don't go to @bryce_williams7. Avoided footage of shooting till that click.

Aug 26, 2015

@cmholub I hate to say it, but if Sandy Hook didn't change things, I can't see how anything will. Completely immoral and nonsensical.

Aug 26, 2015

Another shooting, another round of tweets and sloganeering, another defeat that looks a lot like forgetfulness, another shooting.

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