It Takes All Kinds

a Few Stories and Profiles by Erik Hedegaard from Inside the Pages of Rolling Stone (with Additional Commentary and Falderal Provided by the Author)

Christopher Walken

Inside the Mad, Mad Head of Christopher Walken
After this piece ran, Bob Dylan called the magazine to say that it was the best profile he’d read in the past 6 years!

Tori Spelling

This is the second story I’ve done about Tori Spelling. She gets a lot of heat, but I like her (though, as you’ll see if you read my eBay story, I did skip out early during a lunch with her so I could go on an old-calculator hunt in L.A.’s 2nd-hand shops. Hey, you’ve got to have your priorities!)

Grady Stiles, the Lobster Boy

Cruel and Unusual: Grady Stiles was born with claws for hands, flippers for feet, and a stone for a heart. This is the story of the bizarre life and gruesome death of the last of America’s sideshow freaks.
This one has troubled me weekly ever since it came out. I. Can’t. Shake. It. Really, I can’t.

Jenny McCarthy

The other morning, Ray Manzella eased into a pair of shades, made his way out onto the deck of the Malibu bungalow that he shared with Jenny McCarthy, and called Jenny "the most diverse celebrity I’ve ever met." Because Jenny had made such a sensation out of herself on the MTV show Singled Out, about […]

Nikki Avalon

She lives in Vegas and will be anything you want her to be — for a price. But what you really should want is for her to just be herself. She’s that special. And cute. And nice.

I wrote this story for Rolling Stone’s special Vegas issue but it got yanked at the last minute for pace reasons (or so I was told). I sent it over to Playboy, where it found an immediate and appy home and was published in July 2007. Now I read that great filmmaker Steven Soderbergh is himself making a movie about the so-called girlfriend experience. The name of his movie? Yup, you guessed it: The Girlfriend Experience. All I can hope is that the finished flick doesn’t bear too much of a resemblance to my story, because if it does, well, that’d really sadden and depress me.

Update: I emailed Soderbergh’s producer on this one, the all-around-great-guy Mark Cuban, and he sez he got pitched the Girlfriend Experience idea well before 07/07. Enough said. I believe him.

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Robert Downey Jr*
The UFC's Dana White
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Denis Leary
Matt Dillon
Arianna Huffington
Simon Cowell*
Chuck Pahluniuk
Justin Timberlake*
Mickey Rourke
Jesse James
Chloe Sevigny
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Oddities & Ends

The Lobster Boy: an American Horror Story
Pro Bikini Contest Babes!
My Stupid Y2K Problem
Pro Bass Fishing New Agers
Nazi on Campus
Nikki Avalon
Me, Professional Gambler
The Grass Casters' Tale
Inside Pro Bodybuilding
Ross Jeffries, Speed Seducer
eBay Fries a Brain
World's Worst Investor
Asheville's Would-be Nudist Mayor

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