Tom Wolfe’s Last (And Best) Magazine Story

“The Tinkerings of Robert Noyce” reads like a more journalistically conventional version of a Tom Wolfe story … except of course it dispenses with journalistic conventions altogether.

Feb 2013
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Steve Jobs and the Portal to the Invisible

In his controlling hands, technology became both the engine and the emblem of transcendence. But as the iPhone slips from his grasp, Jobs is making his final bid for immortality.

Oct 2008
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George Clooney’s Rules for Living

No one does the fame thing like Clooney. He floats above it even as he uses it to embellish his influence. He understands his place in the pantheon even as he remains hidden from the inquisitive lens. He's the master.

Dec 2013
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Google: The Celebrity Profile

Google didn't exist fifteen years ago. Now Google is embedded in our lives in ways Google really would prefer we not notice.

Oct 2013
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Theater of Pain

This NFL season has been defined by people talking about “the injury issue”—pundits, columnists, league officials. The one voice you haven’t heard—until now—belongs to the players.

Feb 2013
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Triumph of His Will

For his entire life, Elon Musk has bent people to his insatiable will. Most recently, he’s co-opted NASA. And now we’ll see whether he’s a) the visionary who forces Americans to become explorers again, or b) a man so distracted by vision that his life’s work is a series of brilliant disappointments.

Dec 2012
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Surviving High School

No other American institution is balanced so uneasily between dream and nightmare. This story is about two friends—why one made it through and one did not, and how you can help your children survive “the best years of their lives.”

Sep 1988
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The Eastwood Conundrum

He’s a funny guy. He’s monumental. He’s a funny guy because he’s monumental. And that’s how it goes with Clint Eastwood.

Oct 2012
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The Lethal Presidency of Barack Obama

Sure, we as a nation have always killed people. A lot of people. But no president has ever waged war by killing enemies one by one, targeting them individually for execution, wherever they are.

Aug 2012
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Counter-Terrorism Is Getting Complicated

Especially in the case of the Waffle House terrorists, where it may be the Department of Homeland Security that’s fomenting terror.

Feb 2012
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Jon Stewart and the Burden of History

He’s not so funny anymore, and it’s not only because he’s come to take himself seriously. It’s because in the Obama era, we’re starting to see the price of refusing to stand for anything.

Oct 2011
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Surviving the Fall

Ten years later, putting the Falling Man to rest.

Sep 2011
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Father of the Year

People are worried about the state of boys in America. For almost twenty years, though, John Lasseter and Pixar have been helping boys grow into good men. Everything is going to be fine.

Jun 2011
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Adventures in Extreme Science

From Crick and Watson through J. Craig Venter, we had all our eggs in one basket—molecular biology, gene mapping, whatever you want to call it. It failed. And now we’re counting on this guy.

Apr 2011
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The Gospel of Gitmo

Chaplain Kent Svendsen and the prayerful pursuit of the “theology of immoral necessities” at Camp Delta. What would Jesus think? Don’t ask.

Jul 2005
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The General

The smart money doesn’t give the guys on the preceding pages much of a chance against W. maybe no one has a shot. But there’s one guy who can make it interesting.

Aug 2003
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The Last Tailors

An old office building at Fifty-third and Madison is home, for now, to the last old men who ply the ancient trade.

Sep 2005
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Trump

I mean, he called to ask about my mother.

Mar 2000
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Because They Hate Shepard Smith and Want Him to Fail

Shep Smith leads the happy warriors of Fox News into a new political age.

Feb 2009
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The Deal of the Century

As our financial system entered free fall last September and the people who ran Wall Street struggled to avert a complete economic collapse, an epic battle for power and, above all, cash was being waged between Barclays and JPMorgan Chase. The inside story of how Bob Diamond walked away with everything he wanted.

Sep 2009
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Terminator Salvation: Beyond the Charismatic Killing Machine

McG is not a douchebag and James Cameron is not Jesus Christ. A serious look at the return of a franchise—a fourth installment that explores the question of what’s human and what’s not.

Jun 2009
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Mississippi Goddamn

In south Mississippi, 2005 had already been a year of calamity for the Arnolds and the Lees and the Cooleys, National Guard families all, each having had a husband or a father or a son sent home from Iraq to be buried. Then the good Lord sent Hurricane Katrina.

Nov 2005
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Michael Jackson: The First Punk, the King at Last

Nobody else was like Michael Jackson, and Michael Jackson was like nobody else—except in his grotesque seclusion, and his final manner of exit.

Jun 2009
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The Case for Intelligent Design

It can’t damage science. But it will change Christianity.

Nov 2005