Willem Dafoe as Vincent Van Gogh, in Julian Schnabel’s At Eternity’s Gate. Hemispheres, 2018.
This photo was taken in 1999, the year I interviewed this man for Spin, when he was a few years older than I am now, and many decades wiser. On why he steered away from electronica for his album, hours…, originally written for a video game: “The future is not only going to be about hard-edged people with metal faces. There will be broken hearts in the future.” Yes, there will. God bless you, David Bowie. (1947-2016).
Kate McKinnon: Your weapons are useless against her. American Way, 2017.
Joao Carlos Martins (photo: Marcio De Assis). Bach, tragedy, and resurrection: the miraculous saga of a world-famous concert pianist. New York magazine, 1996.
Children and fools speak true (Endymion, 1588.) So does American TV giant Norman Lear. With me. By phone. Hemispheres, 2016
Is Michael Shannon (above) the greatest American actor of his generation? (A rhetorical question.) Rhapsody, 2016
Erik Weihenmayer (above, below) has climbed Mount Everest, raced on the Moroccan desert, and is about to kayak the Grand Canyon’s deadliest rapids—all without being able to see. August, 2014.
Postscript: The Blind Leading the Visually Impaired
The author (left) and Erik Weihenmayer (right) for Mens Journal, 2014. Click image for full(er) story.
Pinsky And the Brain
The first reporter allowed behind scenes at “Celebrity Rehab” observes Dr. Drew Pinsky, Recovery Counselor Bob Forrest, and an occupying army of videographers giving semi-famous subjects a Cure that may or may not be part of the Disease. 2010.
How Peter Dinklage’s animal magnetism made him Hollywood’s most unlikely leading man. Rolling Stone.
How “sudden cardiac death”—and subsequent shocking onstage episodes—gave a punk singer a new lease on life.
Bernie Mac Smacks A Nerve
Up From Hogwarts
Knocking around New York with England’s richest teenage superstar: Daniel Radcliffe prepares to leave Harry Potter and become a mere mortal.
Jude, A Dude
Standing beside an egregiously beautiful man.
A mystery wrapped in a thong cast in a reality show called Tila Tequila.
Oh Noé Didn’t!
Talking sex, death, DMT, and aspect ratio—over coffee with Gaspar Noe. VanityFair.com.