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Escape to Zoom Island
Written by David Kushner, GQ
April 27th, 2022
When the pandemic untethered millions of workers from their offices, a new species of digital nomad was born. On a sun-dappled island in the middle of the ocean, a group of them is engaged in a novel experiment that might foretell the future of work.
Starship Tweedy
Written by David Kushner, Disruptor
October 21st, 2021
I spoke with Wilco's Jeff Tweedy about his new newsletter, Starship Casual, losing his parents, and how his stage persona almost destroyed him. "It turned into things that were killing me," he says.
Renaissance, Texas
Written by David Kushner, Disruptor
September 26th, 2021
Fantasy and murder at the world's biggest Renaissance festival.
Journey to the Center of the Earth
Written by David Kushner, Outside
December 28th, 2020
For nearly half a century, legends of a giant cave in the Andes—holding artifacts that could rewrite human history—have beckoned adventurers and tantalized fans of the occult. Now the daughter of a legendary explorer is on a new quest: to tell the story.
The Hendrix of the Sahara
Written by David Kushner, Esquire
December 23rd, 2019
The Tuareg rocker, Mdou Moctar, was never meant to play guitar. Despite the odds, he managed to make a name for himself, star in an homage to Prince's Purple Rain—and create one of the best rock albums of the year.
A Pox on Us All
Written by David Kushner, Wired
March 25th, 2019
Synthetic Biology is making it easier than ever to produce life-saving vaccines - and life-taking viruses that humanity is not prepared to fight.
The Great Heavy Metal Hoax
Written by David Kushner, Rolling Stone
December 14th, 2018
How a down-on-his-luck headbanger fabricated a persona, faked a tour, and promoted himself as a hard-rock savior
All Rise
Written by David Kushner, Esquire
August 21st, 2018
How Viagra went from a medical mistake to a $3-billion-dollar-a-year industry
Money for Nothin’
Written by David Kushner, Esquire
May 1st, 2018
A bank glitch gave a 24-year old, down-on-his-luck Australian man access to unlimited funds. Then he did exactly what you think he did with it.
Land of the Lost
Written by David Kushner, Outside
November 15th, 2016
American tourist Noel Santillan became an unlikely folk hero in Iceland after he entered a typo into his GPS and drove hundreds of miles out of his way. How can anyone wander so far off the mark? Research suggests GPS might be altering our brains.
The Hit Man Next Door
Written by David Kushner, Rolling Stone
August 10th, 2016
Joe Passalaqua claims "103 kills," but one judge described his elaborate tales as little more than "criminal fantasy"