The Best Entourage Cast Outtakes From Their GQ Cover Story

Earlier this week, GQ posted a big profile I did of the Entourage cast for their upcoming movie. As always, there was plenty of juicy shit that couldn’t make its way into the final piece, like Jeremy Piven’s thoughts on In-N-Out Burger, which are very important for you to know about. You can read many of those… » 5/28/15 11:05am 5/28/15 11:05am

Q&A: The Mountain Goats' John Darnielle On Pro Wrestling's Arty Allure

John Darnielle has made his creative mark by exploring obsessions, extremities, intense emotional moments, and their aftermaths. Over nearly a quarter-century, his band the Mountain Goats have moved from solo-guitar-and-voice home tapes to elegant full-band albums featuring long-established cohorts Peter Hughes on… » 4/09/15 11:28am 4/09/15 11:28am

An Anonymous Cop Is Here to Answer All Your Questions About the Police

Police officers turn up a lot in Gawker stories, but unless they’re a department commissioner giving a press conference or a union leader loudly berating a public official, it’s rare that they actually have a voice. What does the average beat cop think about Darren Wilson or Daniel Pantaleo? What is he looking for… » 3/17/15 11:10am 3/17/15 11:10am

How A Retired School Administrator Became The CEO Of Truck Nutz

Truck Nutz bills its product as "the ultimate truck accessory," and it's certainly one of the most ubiquitous. Oversized pairs of testicles can be seen adorning the bumpers of vehicles throughout the country, teabagging America's parking lots and free-balling our freeways. Who do we blame/thank? » 3/07/15 1:50pm 3/07/15 1:50pm

Almost Famous: The B+ Adventures Of Robert Christgau

Bob Christgau, the semi-mockingly self-styled Dean of American Rock Critics, diets on Mondays and Tuesdays, so on this particular Monday in December, lunch is just a small to-go bowl of chicken noodle soup from the Polish Deli across the street from his East Village apartment. He eats at his cluttered kitchen table,… » 2/23/15 2:08pm 2/23/15 2:08pm

Q&A: Nathan, A Bloodhound That Did Not Win The Westminster Dog Show

Another year, another February; another parade of dogs coming to a gray and bitter New York in hopes of winning the big ribbon at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show. Of all this year's upsets, few were as touching as the toppling of Flessner's International S'Cess, a handsome bloodhound from Maryland who won Best… » 2/18/15 11:09am 2/18/15 11:09am

Islanders Fan On TV: "My Son Was Conceived Back In That Parking Lot" 

Tonight's Islanders broadcast featured an interview with an original season ticket holder—that's 42 seasons—and it's quite a doozy. I don't want to spoil it for anybody, so I'll just say the interview touches on sex in the Nassau Coliseum parking lot and an interesting pregnancy decision that may have been made (it's… » 2/16/15 8:53pm 2/16/15 8:53pm

McFarland Cross Country: They Built It And Hollywood Came

Given how Hollywood likes to tart up the truth (see American Sniper, Frozen, et al.) you probably have a very good sense of what's going on with Disney's soon-to-be released McFarland USA. The Kevin Costner vehicle is based, as they say, on the true story of a boys' cross country team from McFarland High School in… » 2/16/15 5:53pm 2/16/15 5:53pm

Q&A: John Carpenter On His New Album, And The New Images In His Head

There's no professional reason for John Carpenter to release new movies or music these days. The director-writer-producer-composer—who's shot, financed, and/or scored dozens of lauded cult films, including 1981's Escape From New York, 1982's The Thing, and 1988's They Live—has earned plenty of respect and more… » 1/29/15 11:36am 1/29/15 11:36am

Ernie Johnson Jokingly Asks Westbrook "How Was The Execution Tonight?"

On Friday night Russell Westbrook raged at the media, refusing to answer questions with anything other than "we executed," and telling one reporter that he flat out didn't like him. After tonight's Thunder win over the Heat, the NBA TV crew conducted an otherwise mundane interview with Westbrook—you can watch the… » 1/21/15 12:35am 1/21/15 12:35am

Can the NFL Change Domestic Abusers? A Conversation with Beth Richie

Beth Richie is a professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago with an extensive body of work in criminology, feminism, violence against women, the carceral state and the sociology of race and ethnicity. She's the current director of the Institute of Research on Race and Public Policy, and was recently named as… » 10/21/14 3:12pm 10/21/14 3:12pm

"I Still Unload": This Man Is a "Nullo" Who Removed His Penis and Balls

In 1994, a South Florida man who goes by the name Gelding was surgically castrated. In 2011, he had his penis removed as well. He's a "nullo": A cisgender man who removes his external genitalia completely as a form of body modification, and he recently agreed to answer our questions—from "why?" to "what do balls… » 10/16/14 12:52pm 10/16/14 12:52pm

Bill Belichick Really Just Wants To Talk About Cincinnati

Bill Belichick was in excellent press-conference form two days after the Chiefs demolished the Patriots. Reporters kept asking him about the Patriots' roster, Tom Brady's age, and concerns for the team's current state. Belichick wasn't interesting in talking about anything else but Sunday night's game against… » 10/01/14 2:53pm 10/01/14 2:53pm

Fred Phelps Gave Me My First Big Break

In April 2003, The Black Table, a fledgling internet site started by me, Will Leitch, Eric Gillin, Aileen Gallagher, and Jim Cooke, had its first big, exclusive story, which was an interview with one Rev. Fred Phelps, the "God Hates Fags" preacher who passed away last week. Our full Q&A is reprinted below; here's how… » 3/26/14 10:22am 3/26/14 10:22am

Greatest Inbounder, Dumbest Guy, And Other Unsung Heroes Of Showtime

My interview with Jeff Pearlman, author of Showtime: Magic, Kareem, Riley, and the Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty of the 1980s, which was recently excerpted on Deadspin. We spoke about Pearlman's complicated portrait of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the "historically dumb" Mark Landsberger, why Kurt Rambis was the greatest… » 3/21/14 10:29am 3/21/14 10:29am

Why I Thought About Murdering My NBA Coach (And Why I Didn't Do It)

Spencer Haywood, aka Weedie, aka Driftwood, had one of the most significant and controversial careers in professional basketball history, with a landmark Supreme Court victory at one end and a druggy, nearly violent washout at the other. His legacy is still very much in dispute. Last year, Haywood was told he had been… » 3/14/14 10:00am 3/14/14 10:00am

How I Broke The Indoor Mile Record: An Interview With A "Freak"

Eamonn Coghlan is not too sensitive about the fact that today's twentysomethings were infants when he ran a mile in 3 minutes 49 seconds and 78 hundredths on a 10-lap track—which is to say, a world record—and he doesn't mind that they don't know who he is or what he's done. That's OK. He's pretty diplomatic, now—a… » 2/21/14 3:30pm 2/21/14 3:30pm