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The Gospel According to Dr. Luke

Last month, I spent a lot of time in the studio with superstar pop producer Dr. Luke (no, he wasn’t putting together my blockbuster debut album). Two credits in case you’re not familiar with his work: Kelly Clarkson, “Since U Been Gone” and Miley Cyrus, “Party in the U.S.A.” Dr. Luke’s collaborated so often with […]

posted 20 April 2010 in Articles. 3 comments

Nature Kids

Recently, I went to Portland, Oregon, to interview the gentlemen of Pavement for Rolling Stone. You can now read the resulting article, detailing what they’ve been doing for the past decade and how they got back together–but it’s not online, so you’ll have to pick up a copy of the new issue (featuring my old […]

posted 3 March 2010 in Articles. no comments yet

Apolo Mission

Eight years ago, right after the Salt Lake City Olympics, I interviewed short-track speed skater Apolo Ohno, providing some text to go along with a fashion spread. He was a friendly guy, showing off his medals to everyone at the Rolling Stone photo shoot–and the teeth mark from where he bit the gold medal to […]

posted 16 February 2010 in Articles. no comments yet

When in Rome

HBO’s Rome only lasted two seasons–around now, with the schedule relatively bare, I bet the network regrets they canceled it. But before the second season started, I got the show’s historical consultant, Jonathan Stamp, on the phone so we could discuss the show’s more prurient aspects and how they gibed with reality. It proved to […]

posted 15 December 2009 in Archives. no comments yet

Many Rivers to Cross

I have another feature article in Rolling Stone that’s not available online: this time, it’s a profile of Rivers Cuomo, who I’ve known on-and-off for about fifteen years (I edited two pieces he wrote for Details about life on the road; you can read them here and here). If you’re interested in my 1997 article […]

posted 2 November 2009 in Articles. no comments yet

Think Pink

“Pink dangles in the air, upside down and 25 feet above solid ground.” That’s the opening line of my feature article on, yes, Pink, reported from Melbourne, Australia (where she is so much more popular than you would guess). I have no Pink link; the story can be found in the latest issue of Rolling […]

posted 10 September 2009 in Articles. no comments yet

On the Blink

The new issue of Rolling Stone has two of the magazine’s perennial features: a cover image of Barack Obama (his fourth, I believe) and an article by me on Blink-182 (my fifth). The article isn’t available online, so if you want to read about Travis Barker’s harrowing recovery and the band’s reunion, you’ll have to […]

posted 13 August 2009 in Articles, Self-reflexive. no comments yet

Phil Parma

Another year goes by, and Philip Seymour Hoffman keeps kicking ass and being the best thing in whatever movie he appears in. Right now, you can check him out in either Synedoche, New York or Doubt (I’ve seen the former, not the latter, but they both seem to be unwieldy first-time directorial efforts from well-regarded […]

posted 15 December 2008 in Archives, Articles. no comments yet


A couple of weeks ago, I visited the storied Troubadour nightclub in Hollywood to see the latest installment of “In the Attic,” the series of acoustic showcases starring Pete Townshend (on his days off from the Who’s world tour) and organized by his girlfriend Rachel Fuller. I interviewed the two of them (plus Zooey Deschanel […]

posted 1 December 2008 in Articles, Outside. 2 comments

Tina Arena

Writing about TV, I see a lot of pilot episodes. They’re not the best way to judge a new show, but they’re all we’ve got. Just two years ago, I watched the pilots for Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip and 30 Rock; I thought the Aaron Sorkin drama was sharp and witty, while the […]

posted 27 October 2008 in Archives, Articles. 2 comments