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NOTES FROM EVEREST

NOTES FROM EVEREST

“There’s an expedition going to Mount Everest this spring and they are looking for a couple of American climbers. You interested?” I had been climbing rock, ice and mountains for ten years — sneaking in trips on long weekends to Yosemite, Joshua Tree or the Eastern Sierras, and longer trips to South America over winter break. It was hard enough to take two days off from work, especially as a thirty-year-old just hitting stride in my career, and this would be an eight- to ten-week expedition, with no means of checking in.

HOW TO PLAY YOUR CARDS RIGHT WITH CRIMINAL LAWYER JEFFREY LICHTMAN, AN AVID SPORTS-CARD COLLECTOR

HOW TO PLAY YOUR CARDS RIGHT WITH CRIMINAL LAWYER JEFFREY LICHTMAN, AN AVID SPORTS-CARD COLLECTOR

New York-based trial attorney Jeffrey Lichtman is best known for representing such high-profile figures as Mexican drug kingpin Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, Mafia scion John Gotti Jr., and rapper Jayceon “The Game” Taylor. Not satisfied with just being one of America’s most celebrated lawyers, the fifty-five-year-old Duke University School of Law graduate has also distinguished himself in another field some might consider out of left field: baseball card collecting.

QUEEN'S GAMBIT CREATOR SCOTT FRANK ON HIS HIT SERIES AND WHAT CHESS AND SHOW BUSINESS HAVE IN COMMON
QUEEN'S GAMBIT CREATOR SCOTT FRANK ON HIS HIT SERIES AND WHAT CHESS AND SHOW BUSINESS HAVE IN COMMON

Writers and directors always hope that their work will not only be entertaining in the moment but will also break through and become part of the larger social conversation. Last fall, Scott Frank made just such an impact on the global zeitgeist with the limited series he wrote, directed and produced, The Queen’s Gambit.

By Audrey Kelly
Billions Co-Creator Andrew Ross Sorkin Reveals his Secrets to Creative Success
Billions Co-Creator Andrew Ross Sorkin Reveals his Secrets to Creative Success

Andrew Ross Sorkin is a media renaissance man. He created the uber-popular DealBook blog for The New York Times, is anchor on CNBC’s Squawk Box, wrote the bestselling book Too Big To Fail, and cocreated the Showtime hit drama Billions.

By Allen Gannett
Do You Have What It Takes to Be a Hollywood Stunt Person? These 3 Pros Reveal How It's Done
Do You Have What It Takes to Be a Hollywood Stunt Person? These 3 Pros Reveal How It's Done

Stunt work has been at the heart of moviemaking since its inception. Before Garbo spoke, before King Kong scaled the Empire State Building, stunt professionals were falling off rooftops, being dragged behind runaway stagecoaches, and running across the roofs of speeding trains.

By Allen B. Ury
Rolls-Royce Unveils a $28 Million Couture Cruiser: the Customized Boat Tail for Billionaires
Rolls-Royce Unveils a $28 Million Couture Cruiser: the Customized Boat Tail for Billionaires

If you’re living the dream, why not drive one? Reportedly the most expensive new car ever built ($28 million), this bespoke, Carolina blue Rolls-Royce Boat Tail is an automotive fantasy brought to life.

By Kathy A. McDonald
Surf’s Up: Where the Pros Go to Hang Ten
Surf’s Up: Where the Pros Go to Hang Ten

There's an endless summer of discovery for surfers who travel the globe in search of the perfect wave. Whether you're planning bucket-list excursions (visualize a floatplane to an off-reef break in the Indian Ocean) or simply wanting to learn how to hang ten for the first time, these hot spots — recommended by pro surfers — know how to cater to newbies and seasoned kahunas alike. All located in outstanding natural settings near epic point breaks that attract surfers of varying skill levels, these are the places to stay when the waves are firing.

By Kathy A. McDonald
So You Want to Start an Art Collection?
So You Want to Start an Art Collection?

If you are new to art collecting, don't be put off by the hype surrounding whatever's trending among deep-pocket collectors. While they may frequent art fairs such as Art Basel and high-profile auctions at Christie's or Sotheby's, it will be more valuable for you to establish your own sense of style or taste as you begin to amass a personal collection.

By Kathy A. McDonald
HOW SUPER SKATER ISAMU YAMAMOTO TURNS FAILURE INTO FANCY FOOTWORK
HOW SUPER SKATER ISAMU YAMAMOTO TURNS FAILURE INTO FANCY FOOTWORK

Isamu Yamamoto gives new meaning to the phrase “to think on one’s feet.” The eighteen-year-old wunderkind has been mesmerizing the masses with his freestyle skateboarding moves since he was a grommet.

By BR Staff
I Love Football and So Should You
I Love Football and So Should You

I love football. I love everything about the game. I love the off-season workouts, and grinding out rep after painstaking rep in preparation for the grueling battle of attrition that is the season.

By Mark Schlereth
Why Steph Curry Should Have Been This Year’s MVP
Why Steph Curry Should Have Been This Year’s MVP

The NBA Most Valuable Player Award in recent years has often gone to the most compelling stat line rather than the
 most valuable player. With his recent mesmerizing performances, Steph Curry has launched himself right to the forefront of the debate, and many NBA superstars agree — most notably LeBron James.

By Jason Levine
Obsession: A Ballers Report Field Guide to Creating Podcasts That Scale
Obsession: A Ballers Report Field Guide to Creating Podcasts That Scale

I’m sometimes asked how I built an independent podcast network with zero name recognition, press, or industry backing. My answer? I credit one element in particular: obsession.

By Vik Singh
Sneak Peek: Inside the FBI's Playbook for Organizational Excellence
Sneak Peek: Inside the FBI's Playbook for Organizational Excellence

Communicating your team’s standards is about communicating values. Almost anything we do that has meaning is rooted in some form of values, and credibility is the cornerstone of any values-based endeavor. So if we want our work to not merely succeed but also to sustain, people must believe in us and in the values we represent.

By Frank Figliuzzi

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