This week's curation at the Beast is Peter Richmond's fine 1995 GQ profile of Paul Newman:
Sometimes you read a story and everything about it is in harmony—narrative, character, setting, emotion, and insight. Such is the case with Peter Richmond's 1990 tribute to Lane Frost. I'll get out of the way now and let you appreciate it for yourself:
On the table in front of him sit a copy of the holy Koran and a plate holding three frosted raspberry coffee cakes, and when he leans forward on the couch and reaches out it is not for enlightenment. It is for a piece of pastry. With his right hand wobbling just this side of uncontrollably, he guides it, slow inch by…
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…
Phish meets the NFL. Dogs and cats, living together. Two of Peter Richmond's favorite things collide and he doesn't dig it:
Since we're talking Chicago this week, it's a good time to revisit Peter Richmond's story about hanging with Bill Murray that we reprinted earlier this year.
Our man Peter Richmond wrote a wonderful piece over at the Nieman storyboard about John Hersey's senior-year writing seminar at Yale.
Originally published in the May 2001 issue of GQ. Reprinted here with the author's permission. His annotations appear throughout the story (click on the asterisk and wait a moment for his comment to appear). Illustration by Sam Woolley.
Here's Peter Richmond writing about Mark Sanchez:
Here's more from Peter Richmond, on Larry Johnson and homophobia: