Originally published as “The Long, Slow Fall of a Gridiron God” in the December, 1988 issue of GQ, this profile appears here with the author’s permission. Art Schlichter is scrambling. Running late, headed from his father’s farm in Bloomingburg, Ohio, to the Springfield Antique Show and Flea Market, he flips on his Road Patrol XK radar detector and hits the gas, challenging the two-lane road, sliding into the wrong lane to take a blind curve. A farm truck appears dead ahead. With all-pro reflexes, Schlichter whips the car back into the right lane just as the rig blows by. “Did that scare you?” he asks his passenger. “It scared me.” But he recovers quickly. “Was that my fault?” he asks. Schlichter parks the car at the flea market. As he walks up to the family booth, he can hear his father: “If Arthur were here, where he’s supposed to be,” Max Schlichter is saying, “we’d be all set up. But … [Read more...] about Down And Out With Art Schlichter, Football God Turned Con Man
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Editor’s Note: This article is the second in a series about how the gig economy is shaping the future of labor and what that means for workers. When Terrence Davenport first heard about the so-called gig economy, he was working at a free-meal program in his hometown of Dumas, Arkansas, a tiny village surrounded by cotton fields. Around 40 percent of Dumas’s roughly 5,000 residents lived in poverty. Most young people who left for college, as Davenport had done, never came back, and both the town’s population and its median salary—about $23,000 a year—were shrinking. “What did you eat today?” Davenport would ask kids he passed on the street. Often it wasn’t much, and he invited them to have a free meal. But what he really wanted to do was solve the deeper problems that made them hungry.It was 2014, still the early days of Uber and Airbnb, and Silicon Valley was promoting the idea that its app-infused “gig economy”—which … [Read more...] about The Unequal Geography of the Gig Economy
Hollywood actress Elle Fanning has taken on the titular role of in the upcoming biopic Mary Shelley, depicting an artist as a young woman, finding first love with romantic poet Percy Byshe Shelley (played by Brit actor Douglas Booth). While many know the female writer for her magnum opus, the iconic Frankenstein, published anonymously in 1818, her life story is one of high drama and larger than life characters. Born Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin, she was born in 1797 in Somers Town in London. Her parents were two iconic philosophers: the feminist writer Mary Wollstonecraft was her mother, while her father was the first proponent of anarchy, William Godwin. As Wollstonecraft tragically passed away from puerperal fever not long after Mary was born, Godwin raised the girl alone with her half-sister, Fannie Imlay, who was her mother's child from a liaison outside of marriage. A troubled childhood Mary's happiest years were with her father and Fannie, along with housekeeper and nurse Louisa … [Read more...] about True story behind the Mary Shelley movie
The Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, California is one of the biggest industry events — and for some attendees, it’s indispensable. For South African developers, it’s a rare opportunity to get face time with publishers, platform owners, and other devs. It’s a huge commitment that can cost an enormous portion of their annual salary just to attend. At GDC, I went to the South African booth to learn more about what it’s like to create games in an emerging market. I sat down with a few developers — Nyamakop founders Cukia “Sugar” Kimani and Ben Myres, artist and designer Dorian Dutrieux, and Nick Hall from the trade association Interactive Entertainment South Africa (IESA). It’s not the first time any of them have attended GDC, but it’s the first time South Africa has had an official booth, though Hall’s organization has previously set it up at Gamescom and Paris Game Connection. “[Gamescom] draws from the … [Read more...] about The IndieBeat: Why South African game developers are starting their own industry event
Time for your weekly edition of the Deadspin Funbag. Got something on your mind? Email the Funbag. Today, we’re talking about shitty local announcers, eyeballs, scrambled eggs, and more. Your letters: Adam: Who is/was the best Old Sports Guy (by which I mean of people who played into their 40's)? I’m of the generation that was actually raised watching both Bartolo Colon and Jaromir Jagr, but I also caught the tail end of Robert Parrish’s absurd 21-year NBA career that ended when he was 44! I think I’m firmly on Team Jagr if only because, all things being equal, he seems to be the most fun. I’m taking Bartolo over Jagr because Bartolo is fat, and nothing makes an athlete cooler than being both old AND fat. It gives hope to the rest of us. And Bartolo has always been fat! He’s PRESERVED in his own fat, like a leg of duck confit. I wish they made the whole league out of Bartolo Colons. I want an XLB that bans any player under age 35 and 25 BMI. The … [Read more...] about Who Is The Greatest Old-Ass Athlete?