The Man Who Never Was
Todd Marinovich was once known as RoboQuarterback, engineered from birth by his father to be the greatest of all time. But his career never happened; twenty years later, he’s a recovering junkie. A cautionary tale of fathers, sons and sports, this is the thirty-thousand word “nonvella” version of the 2010 ASME award winner for best profile, the inspiration for ESPN’s award-winning documentary “The Marinovich Project.”
Warren Durso is the kind of guy you have to know to love, a five-foot-seven-inch, 175-pound, Italian sausage sub from upstate New York. He has a big cement-block head; his neck is reminiscent of a bullfrog’s; life has not always been kind. But somehow, when he looks in the mirror, he sees a man who is six-foot-four with ripped abs. The soul of us all uncovered, the naked underneath.
A Girl in Love
Love her or hate her, but do you really know her? In real life, for instance, her squeaky voice is low and sultry. Spend three intimate days and nights with Paris Hilton and her menagerie, including Tinkerbell, Princess Pigelette, her boyfriend, her PR person and the rest. The most publicized Hilton since Uncle Nicky, she may yet become the most successful since her great-grandfather, the hotelier Conrad.
The Someone You’re Not
Ray Towler was sentenced to life in prison for raping an eleven-year-old girl. Even among murderers and felons he was considered the lowest form of scum. There was only one problem: He didn’t do it. How one man lived through twenty-nine years of hell, only to be saved by a new wrinkle in DNA science. And how he emerged from his ordeal a better person.
Bobby Jindal, All American
Piyush “Bobby” Jindal is the first Indian-American governor in U.S. history—and the first nonwhite governor in Louisiana since Reconstruction. A week in the life of the man who has been called, variously, a “wonderkind technocrat,” “the next Ronald Reagan,” “a cool guy to hang out with,” “an Indian Barack Obama,” and a “scary, ultraconservative religious fanatic.” He’s been mentioned for vice president. Will he run for president?
Dana White is the heart and soul of the Ultimate Fighting Championship league—equal parts Don King, Oliver Twist, and South Boston gym rat. Thanks mostly to White, mixed martial arts, once banned in all fifty states and labeled “human cockfighting” by a U.S. Senator, has all but replaced boxing in the public’s heart. Experience the fast times and hi-jinks inside the Escalade with this unlikely millionaire and his real-life entourage.
More than two million Americans have served in the Afghanistan and Iraq Wars. Many returned wounded, thousands have committed suicide—nearly twenty-five percent suffer from PTSD or major depression with little hope of relief. On one small farm in the mountains of Tennessee, Alan Beaty and his rag-tag squad of marine vets have found a modest solution—taking care of each other.
If Someone Shot You in the Face and Left You For Dead, Would You Try to Save His Life?
Ten days after the terrorist attacks of 9/11, Rais Bhuiyan, a Muslim immigrant from Bangladesh living outside Dallas, was shot in the face by a white supremacist determined to kill some “A-rabs” for revenge. Ten years later, after a harrowing recovery, Bhuiyan mounted an international crusade against hate. His first cause: attempting to win a stay of execution for the man who had attacked him.
The Zen of Big Balls Pete
As unlikely as it seems, Pete Carroll is one of the winningest coaches in college football history—a Grateful Dead-loving, former undersized D-back from hippified Marin County who believes in Zen philosophy, tweets nonstop, and jogs everywhere he goes, even to the bathroom. Can he make it as a coach in the NFL?
The Demographic Man
Kenyatte Nelson is thirty-one years old—six foot two, two hundred pounds, with high cheekbones and a chiseled jaw that tapers into a sexy cleft chin. He is all of us and he is nobody at all—like the guys in the advertisements he inspects so carefully, he is a picture of who we’re supposed to be, the iconic upscale consumer. Take a stroll in the designer shoes of the winner of Esquire’s Best Dressed Real Man contest.
The Porn Identity
When his wife decamps from the household, leaving his life and his bank account in tatters, our hero takes a much-needed assignment traveling the country in search of… retired porn starlets. From Nina Hartley’s toy-filled dungeon, to Kay Taylor Parker’s spirit-filled studio, to Asia Carrera’s split-level hideaway in the mountains north of Las Vegas… How one man got his mojo back.
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