The Lebowskis Who Might Have Been: Behind The Scenes With The Coens

When I was 25 I got a job with the Coen brothers. I'd worked on three movies as an apprentice film editor and got a gig with them as a personal assistant when they made The Big Lebowski. I was with them for a year, from before pre-production through post-production (when they edited the movie, I transitioned from… » 7/23/14 11:43am Today 11:43am

Sixty-five years ago this week was the first and last start by Air Lift, full brother of Assault, in the sixth at Jamaica, a race made immortal in W.C. Heinz's Death of a Racehorse. Joey Kulkin headed out to the site of the track to retrace Air Lift's steps—and the ones he didn't get to take. » 7/21/14 2:23pm Monday 2:23pm

The Trouble With Floyd Mayweather

Last week, Floyd Mayweather announced that he will fight a rematch with Marcos Maidana on Sept. 13. Their first fight, two months ago, was Mayweather's closest challenge in years, with many in the boxing media believing that Maidana had earned the decision. And while that bout may have failed to meet expectations… » 7/18/14 8:56am Friday 8:56am

The Day the Fairytale Died

The business of writing obituaries may seem, at first glance, a morbid affair. Just think of the title of Gay Talese's 1966 Esquire profile of the New York Timesobituary writer Alden Whitman: "Mr. Bad News." But obituary writing is far from depressing and some of the best non-fiction writing of the past 20 years has… » 7/16/14 1:28pm 7/16/14 1:28pm

"Will You Be The Best There Ever Was?" Asked The Naked Woman With A Gun

In April, we brought you the real-life story of Eddie Waitkus, the ballplayer who was shot by a teenage girl. That incident is best known in its fictionalized form, in Bernard Malamud's The Natural, which we've excerpted below from the just-released collection Bernard Malamud: Novels and Stories of the 1940s & 50s. » 7/15/14 11:04am 7/15/14 11:04am

High On Life: The Divine Boyhood, Reviewed.

1. Boyhood makes you want to protect—to save—everyone onscreen. They're not in any sort of peril, at least not plainly so; there are alcoholic dads and neighborhood bullies and some broken hearts, but no one's ever in any danger of being attacked by a bear or anything. But without ever seeming to try, Richard… » 7/14/14 2:22pm 7/14/14 2:22pm

Just Undo It: The LeBron James Profile That Nike Killed

This profile of LeBron James was reported and written in 2011 for Port, a new London-based men's magazine, under odd circumstances: Nike paid for the writer's travel expenses and a portion of his fee. The story that came out of the trip was not what Nike had expected—a rep was apparently "furious"—and the magazine,… » 7/10/14 2:58pm 7/10/14 2:58pm

What Brazil's Loss Meant, And What It Didn't Mean

When you visit the Museu do Futebol in São Paulo, you are at one point obliged to enter a long, narrow, pitch-black room, in which the increasingly loud pounding of a heartbeat plays heavily over concealed speakers as images of the Maracanazo—Brazil's infamous loss in the final of the 1950 World Cup in Rio de… » 7/10/14 8:54am 7/10/14 8:54am

Sexologists Masters And Johnson Were Cardinals Fans. Duh.

"Particularly for young people," Thomas Maier noted in a recent essay, "unaware of Masters and Johnson, it's difficult to appreciate how much has changed between the mid-'60s and today. But at the time they were becoming famous, the couples' graphs, charts and photos of human sexual response—learning how the body… » 7/09/14 12:40pm 7/09/14 12:40pm