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

Braised Boneless Short Ribs And A Chat With L'Artusi's Erin Shambura

A few years ago my wife and I were introduced to L'Artusi, an Italian place down on West 10th street in the Village. We rarely have the chance to dine out, but we've been back to L'Artusi a dozen times since that introduction. We feel welcome there—it's a place that makes us happy. The environment is elegant but not… » 1/27/14 2:23pm 1/27/14 2:23pm

How Joe Biden's Bodyguard Helped Clemson Win Its Only National Title

On the night of Jan. 1, 1982, the Clemson Tigers, coached by Danny Ford, defeated the Nebraska Cornhuskers 22-15 in the Orange Bowl to win the football program's only national championship. In the third quarter of that game, sophomore safety Billy Davis returned a Nebraska punt 47 yards to the Cornhuskers' 22, setting… » 1/03/14 3:15pm 1/03/14 3:15pm

The Secret Of Phil Jackson's Success: He Never Stopped Questioning

You've seen Peter Richmond around these parts a time or two. He is the author of some of our favorite magazine stories, and for his most recent book he found a subject worthy of his sensitive and searching style: Phil Jackson. The book is called Lord of the Rings, and it's available now. We spoke with him recently… » 12/27/13 11:26am 12/27/13 11:26am

Meet The Guy Who Won The First Ultra Marathon He Ever Ran

Zach Miller is a 25-year-old dude who travels the world while working on a cruise ship. Last week, he won the country's oldest ultramarathon, the JFK 50 Mile, a race he'd never heard of until October and a distance he'd never come close to running before. His time of 5 hours 38 minutes and 53 seconds—in strong… » 12/01/13 11:00am 12/01/13 11:00am