News feature for Inside.com on the emergence of Harry Potter porn, a variety of slash fiction that took off just before the release of Warner Brother’s blockbuster. Copyright attorneys were summoned from summer vacations in Provence and Aspen to comment on hot boy-on-broomstick action… priceless. Story subsequently ran in the San Francisco Chronicle and the South China Post.
Cover story on new media mogul Henry Yuen, who was at the time a business world demi-god. My story told of a darker side, outlining predatory legal maneuvers and a loopy obsession with electronic books. Then there was the sticky matter of the case of Yuen vs. Yuen, a divorce that ranks as one of the nastiest I’ve witnessed… Said Boston Globe media columnist Michael Prager: “My first reaction was ‘Henry who?’ I’d heard of his first invention, VCR Plus, but of himself I knew nothing, which writer Christopher Noxon says would have been Yuen’s preference...”
Front-of-the-book feature in premiere issue about famed trendspotters DeeDee Gordon and Sharon Lee, and a system they developed to help corporations calculate and generate the ineffable quality of cool.
Feature from the last, unpublished issue of Inside Magazine about amateur films based on existing Hollywood properties. I watched a ton of terrible home movies with light sabers, but also some surprisingly good knockoffs that suggested the arrival of a whole new genre.