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How A Bootleg Prep School Profited By Ripping Off Teens With NBA Dreams How A Bootleg Prep School Profited By Ripping Off Teens With NBA Dreams

During his first few days in jail, Mumin Tunc folded the limbs of his 7-foot-tall teenage frame as best he could and sat on his cell mattress with his back glued to the wall. He barely slept. Accused criminals filled the cells around him at the York County detention facility in York, S.C. Some were there for petty…

King Krule Will Be The Last Rock Star In The Universe King Krule Will Be The Last Rock Star In The Universe

It’s a funny moment, when you’re a young person, and you come across an even younger person who is deeply, unambiguously, in every thinkable respect, cooler than you. Do you remember when this happened to you? It comes well before the body-wide, achy realization that you, as a fan of sports or music or any endeavor…

The Eight Truths I Learned From Humping Athletes The Eight Truths I Learned From Humping Athletes

This piece originally appeared in the April 1995 issue of GQ. It is reprinted here with permission.

The Warlords Who Rule Chechnya And Bahrain's Repressive Regime Are Bonding Over MMA The Warlords Who Rule Chechnya And Bahrain's Repressive Regime Are Bonding Over MMA

This past April 5, Ramzan Kadyrov, the longtime head of the Chechen Republic, arrived in Bahrain for an official state visit with the kingdom’s royal family. Flanked by a delegation from the Chechen government—intimidating henchmen with atrocious résumés of human rights abuses among them—Kadryov broke bread with…

Teen Girl Posed For 8 Years As Married Man To Write About Baseball And Harass Women Teen Girl Posed For 8 Years As Married Man To Write About Baseball And Harass Women

For the last eight years, baseball fan-turned-writer Becca Schultz has presented herself online as Ryan Schultz, a false identity she assumed when she was 13 years old, duping and harassing women on Twitter along the way.

Heaven Is A Down-And-Out Hockey Town Heaven Is A Down-And-Out Hockey Town

This piece originally appeared in the April, 1995 issue of GQ. It is reprinted here with the author’s permission.

The Los Angeles Dodgers Have Not Always Been The Team Of All Of Los Angeles The Los Angeles Dodgers Have Not Always Been The Team Of All Of Los Angeles

For the first time in almost 30 years, the Los Angeles Dodgers are in the World Series, hosting at Dodger Stadium, third-oldest in the majors. A few miles south of the home-to-first baseline is downtown Los Angeles; over the outfield are Elysian Park’s rolling hills and palm trees with mountains further in the…

Looking For Peace With The Man On The Wire Looking For Peace With The Man On The Wire

Originally published as “Philippe Petit: Slow Dancing on the High Wire” in the October, 1986 issue of New York Woman, this feature appears here with permission from the author.

The Totally Unexpected True Story Of Yi Jianlian's Magical Mystery Chair The Totally Unexpected True Story Of Yi Jianlian's Magical Mystery Chair

Mention Yi Jianlian, and the first thing that comes to mind is probably that video of him working out against a chair. The baseline drive, the juke, the spin move around the defenseless chair and the ferocious slam. Do you remember it?

Muhammad Ali's Desperate Twilight Muhammad Ali's Desperate Twilight

Excerpted from Ali: A Life, By Jonathan Eig.

The Mississippi State Fan Who Took His Revenge On Ole Miss And The Football Press The Mississippi State Fan Who Took His Revenge On Ole Miss And The Football Press

To most of the sports world, Steve Robertson’s role in the greatest spectacle in college football this year has been a small one. Robertson, a recruiting writer for the Mississippi State fan site Gene’s Page on Scout.com, is the guy who found The Call, a one-minute entry in the record of Ole Miss head coach Hugh…

How UNH Turned A Quiet Benefactor Into A Football-Marketing Prop How UNH Turned A Quiet Benefactor Into A Football-Marketing Prop

The internet abounds in cheerful content, and last fall one of its most cheerful stories started like this: In a press release, the University of New Hampshire announced that an elderly librarian had died—and left the school a shocking donation of $4 million.

A Day On The Set Of Fat City, John Huston's Cult Classic A Day On The Set Of Fat City, John Huston's Cult Classic

Originally published as “Up In Fat City: On The Set With Keach And Huston” in the Rolling Stone in 1971, this feature appears here with permission from Lewis’s estate.

How Did No One Notice This Inspirational Hiker On The Pacific Crest Trail? How Did No One Notice This Inspirational Hiker On The Pacific Crest Trail?

Stacey Kozel is a boundary-shattering athlete, a hero to many who has hiked some of the most famous and arduous trails in the United States. She’s completed the 2,189-mile Appalachian Trail as well as the 2,650-mile Pacific Crest Trail, and she’s done it all as a functioning paraplegic with lupus. A flareup of her…

The Woeful Life Of Jake LaMotta The Woeful Life Of Jake LaMotta

This piece originally appeared in the January 1981 issue of Inside Sports. It is reprinted here with permission of Jeanine Flaherty.

Harry Dean Stanton Was Too Big For His Niche Harry Dean Stanton Was Too Big For His Niche

Originally published in the New York Times Magazine on November 16, 1986—and featured in Oney’s recent anthology, A Man’s World—this story appears here with the author’s permission.

Who Is Saúl "Canelo" Álvarez? Who Is Saúl "Canelo" Álvarez?

Saúl “Canelo” Álvarez may be the world’s most popular boxer, and yet he has a problem: He lacks credibility among the sport’s largest fan bases, Mexicans and, increasingly, Mexican-Americans. Questions about Álvarez’s boxing skill extend beyond these two groups, but since he is Mexican, attempting to understand why he…

Dan Rather Never Really Wanted This Job Dan Rather Never Really Wanted This Job

Originally titled “Is Everything Okay?” this profile appeared in the April 1994 issue of GQ and is reprinted here with the author’s permission.

How A Small-Time Training Group And An Army Program Changed American Distance Running How A Small-Time Training Group And An Army Program Changed American Distance Running

Warmed up and stripped down, 15 blade-thin runners milled on the track, game-faced, gathering themselves. A few words between them, Swahili and English—“20 seconds ... 10 …”—and the amorphous group coalesced into a single-file line, shuffling. Scott Simmons had not finished saying, “Go!” when the first in line clicked…

The Lonesome Sporting Life The Lonesome Sporting Life

Originally published in the February 1981 issue of Inside Sports, this piece appears here with the author’s permission.

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