Fred Phelps Gave Me My First Big Break

In April 2003, The Black Table, a fledgling internet site started by me, Will Leitch, Eric Gillin, Aileen Gallagher, and Jim Cooke, had its first big, exclusive story, which was an interview with one Rev. Fred Phelps, the "God Hates Fags" preacher who passed away last week. Our full Q&A is reprinted below; here's how… » 3/26/14 10:20am 3/26/14 10:20am

It's Because You're A Cunt, Harris

Writers, by nature, are passive-aggressive, easily agitated creatures prone to taking their work too seriously. Those with the "thickest skin" (or "hide" if you're more literary-minded) have developed this imaginary armor usually through repeated bouts of public criticism and have learned to compartmentalize some of… » 8/20/13 2:16pm 8/20/13 2:16pm

This Is The Stupidest, Most LA Business Card Ever

Business cards, for some reason, are still in existence, despite smart phones and the seemingly pervasive notion that they're outdated and useless. Yes, business cards serve as certifiable evidence that you, friendly human, are employed and/or hope to be employed, but hand them out sparingly. For instance, that nice… » 7/12/13 2:00pm 7/12/13 2:00pm

How to Get Kicked Out of Chateau Marmont Without Drugs: A Liveblog

This hotel, nestled away on a steep hill in West Hollywood, is known for the excess of both its ghosts and living guests. But did you know how exceptional the staff is here? Truly. They are doting and accommodating throughout all stations, effortlessly pleasant to all ye who enter here, celebrity or poseur; wealthy… » 6/28/13 12:07pm 6/28/13 12:07pm

Hello From The Chateau Marmont, There's A Goddamn Bird In My Cottage

As part of the Defamer resurrection project, parent company Gawker Media has put me up in the infamous Chateau Marmont for this week. I'm in a garden cottage 83, better known in Hollywood lore as the place where Cheryl Tiegs once climbed the tiny rock fountain after mainlining too much homemade absinthe at Lee… » 6/26/13 4:39pm 6/26/13 4:39pm