Tony Dokoupil photographed by Seth Wenig.
When I was in elementary school, and even shallower than I am now, I told my second-grade class that my father was Yoda from The Empire Strikes Back. I don’t think I was expecting my classmates to believe me, and when my father brought me my lunch later that week, all doubt was removed. I was humiliated. My father was just a history professor at a prestigious university. He was smart, but he wasn’t Yoda.
However, for Tony ...
Author of THE HARLEM HELLFIGHTERS
Max Brooks photographed by Jacqui Howell.
Since an early age, Max Brooks has been fascinated by the world at war. A self-proclaimed “history nerd,” Brooks, the international best-selling author of The Zombie Survival Guide
and World War Z
, has most recently turned his apocalyptic gaze not toward a zombified future, but a very real past.
The Harlem Hellfighters, a new graphic novel written by Brooks and illustrated by Canaan White, takes place during World War I, and tells the story of the New York National Guard ...
Peter Westwick and Peter Neushul photographed by Will Graves.
I am wary of surfing. Growing up in Houston, a mere 45 minutes from Galveston, my friends and I would often make pilgrimages to the beach to sit around and loiter at somebody’s parent’s vacation home or just sit and get drunk on a pier. At some point, a few of my more athletic fellows decided that surfing might be a way to look and be more rad. I couldn’t have been less rad, so I bought ...
Dan Zevin photographed by Christopher Barth.
There are very few indignities of middle age and parenting to which Dan Zevin has not subjected himself. But there is one:
“You know those milking devices they have for men–they have them in bra and vest form?” Zevin asks.
“Some fathers wear them and it’s equipped with two fake boobs,” Zevin explains, “with baby bottles in there and people nurse the infant like they’re a lactating mom. Well that’s one thing I’ve never ...
Jason Mulgrew photographed by Nicole Goddard.
“When a writer is born into a family, the family is finished,” goes the maxim by Polish poet Czeslaw Milosz. Okay, but what happens when a family is born finished? Like the Octomom or the Kardashians? On the other hand, there are certain families who, when a writer appears in their midst, couldn’t give a damn–they’re all too busy finishing themselves.
That’s often the case with the Mulgrews, a blue-collar family from South Philly, whose exploits ...