David Mamet's Survival Skills
The veteran playwright and accomplished vulgarian on how he became one of his most interesting characters.
Captain Alfred McLaren, a lifelong American adventurer, thought he would be the first man to reach the true North Pole, two miles beneath the ice sheet. Then his Australian partner squeezed him out of the expedition and cut a deal with the Russians, who turned the dive into a modern-day landgrab. From the lavish soirees of the Explorers Club to the halls of the Kremlin, Matthew Teague takes us inside the battle for the last great first on Earth.
These days, the first American Tour de France champion seems to have more vendettas than victories. As Trek bicycles, his longtime sponsor, sues LeMond to shut up about Lance Armstrong and doping, Bill Gifford tries to determine whether the former superstar is a crusader out to save cycling or one massively bitter maniac.
When you grow up with nothing – no money, no stable place to live, no clear way out – you never forget that pain. You channel it. You work harder. You do whatever it takes to distance yourself from that past. You will yourself into being a wrestling phenom, an action-film hero. Then, suddenly, you're one of the most bankable stars in Hollywood.
Deep in the Peruvian Amazon, the locals make a wicked brew they call ayahuasca. It’s a hallucinogenic strong enough to knock a man to the ground — and, it’s said, open a door to another realm. Our writer went on an ayahuasca restreat to see for himself.
Fifteen years after an enigmatic 24-year-old walked 'Into the Wild,' the site of his death has become a shrine. As Hollywood weighs in with a portrait of the young man as a saintlike visionary, has the truth been lost? Inside the strange life and tragic death of "Alexander Supertramp."
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