Oliver’s work has appeared in The American Prospect, The Believer, BookForum, Marie Claire, Men’s Health, The Morning News, The New York Times, The Paris Review, Salon, and elsewhere.
These are some of the stories he likes best.
“Last Men Out”—Men’s Health
“The reason for this assignment was, to the reporter, not immediately clear. There is, after all, no real story in how the game of baseball is loved. No questing hero. No dramatic rise and fall. The love of the game is what it is.”
COVER STORY: “The Reinvention of Justin Bieber”—Men’s Health
Read the highly controversial, unexpurgated profile of the pop sensation.
US Weekly teaser: “It’s safe to say that Justin Bieber’s Men’s Health interviewer is not a Belieber. Oliver Broudy spent a day with the 21-year-old pop star for the magazine’s April 2015 cover story, but he did so, it seems, rather unenthusiastically…”
COVER STORY: “Tom Brady, the Mind Behind the Arm”—Men’s Health
Want to understand why Forbes recently ranked him as the 11th-highest-paid athlete on the planet? And again recently ranked him and his dazzling wife among the world’s most powerful couples, one step above the Clintons? Do like he does. Watch the film.
“The Man Who Feels No Pain”—Men’s Health
“Instinctively we attune ourselves to him. Because as much as there is to be learned about the nature of pain from studying someone who has never felt it, there may be even more to be learned about our own nature from someone who is missing its most human component.”
“The Lifeguard”—Men’s Health
“Most suicide interventions here are resolved, one way or another, in 15 minutes. This one went on for 8 hours. Even today, no one who works the bridge remembers anything like it. In fact, ask people who were there and they’ll tell you it was a career high point, an epic struggle between light on one side and darkness on the other. The very goddamn thing every good cop signs up for in the first place.”
“The Redemption of Royal Holmes”—Men’s Health
“At night the beasts stir. Rapping, screaming, banging. Someone wants you to know he’s ready to kill himself. Someone else beats on your wall all night — you never learn why. The very walls themselves are inscribed with a thousand voices, frayed bits of failing code from men long unraveled: Bible scripture, racist credos, gang boasts, witless epitaphs. That’s the hole. You lie there now, at the bottom of the world. Your name is Royal Holmes.”
“The Master and Mike Dimeglio”—Tin House
He was young, confused, and longing for direction. Then, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity suddenly presented itself: to spend ten years studying the dying art of white crane kung fu on a remote mountaintop, with a genuine kung fu master. An Utne Reader selection, Jan/Feb 2012
“The Death and Life of Nick Chisholm”—Men’s Health
A decade ago, he lay in his hospital bed, unable to move but alert enough to overhear doctors telling his family he wouldn’t survive. That made him angry. Angry enough, in fact, to prove them wrong.
“Dead Man Driving”—Men’s Health
Car crashes happen to other guys, right? Maybe they don’t have your quick reaction time or uncanny ability to multitask behind the wheel. Or maybe they’re simply lesser drivers. If you believe that, let us introduce you to Adam LaBar, 1970-2008. We suspect you’ll recognize him. We hope you’ll learn from him. Now required reading at the FBI Academy in Quantico, and a 2009 National Magazine Award Finalist.
“Kill All Superheroes”—The Believer
Going undercover at an Anarchist training camp. Discussed: Intensive Workshops in Urban Street Tactics, Rental-Car Insurance Fear-Mongering, Permaculture Educators, Time-Sharing with the Pagans, Confused Middlebury Students, Moldy Pumas, Republican Matron Hair, Rumpy Pumpkin Butt.
“Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Biceps”—Men’s Health
These men, and others like them, have started a muscle revolution in Afghanistan. Their thinking: If they can build their bodies, then maybe — just maybe — they can rebuild their nation.
“Revenge of the Nerds”—Mother Jones
An inside look at the teenage subculture that spawned JFK, Bob Shrum, Michael Moore, Karl Rove, and…Brad Pitt?
“Bones of the Lion”—The Believer
Selling the George Plimpton papers. Discussed: Authors’ Estates, Literary Appraisers, The Virtues of Bulls, Tax Law, The Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, Norman Mailer, Saul Bellow, Susan Sontag, Joyce Carol Oates, Christie’s, The Paris Review, Playboy Photo Shoots, Infantry Uniforms, The Aesthetics of Junk Mail, Andy Warhol, Failed Consumer Products, Jack Kerouac’s Barroom Scribblings, Irrational Buyers, J.D. Salinger’s Letters, Hunter S. Thompson, Allen Ginsberg, Sotheby’s.