Scott Porch is a contributing writer for The Daily Beast and Biographile, and has written for The Atlantic, Chicago Tribune, Esquire, Kirkus Reviews, Huffington Post, Politico Magazine, and Salon. He writes about entertainment and history and is writing a book about the rise of feminism and the fracturing of the civil rights movement in the 1960s and ’70s.
Entertainment and Media
“Another Period and Television’s Comedy Casting Carousel,” reporting about Natasha Leggero, Riki Lindhome and David Wain working as producers, writers and actors, The Guardian, August 26, 2015.
“Rob Huebel and Paul Scheer Drove Crash Test to Vimeo,” a preview of the Vimeo comedy special, Decider, August 21, 2015.
“Nancy Wilson on Leading Heart With Her Sister,” an interview with the iconic rock singer, Salon, August 13, 2015.
“DJ Ebro Darden on What Makes Apple Music’s Beats 1 Vital,” an interview with the Beats 1 Radio DJ, Playboy, July 8, 2015.
“Why You Should be Watching UnREAL,” an interview with Sarah Gertrude Shapiro, co-creator of Lifetime’s UnREAL, Playboy, June 30, 2015.
“FADER Explains: Apple Music,” an explainer about Apple’s announcement of Apple Music and Beats 1 Radio, The Fader, June 9, 2015.
“Anthony Bourdain Loves Cow Foot Soup,” an interview with the creator and host of CNN’s Parts Unknown, The Daily Beast, April 26, 2015.
“The Man Who Wrote Every Rock Star’s Book,” an interview with rock ‘n’ roll ghost writer David Ritz, The Daily Beast, February 11, 2015.
Literally,’ Emojis, and Other Trends That Aren’t Destroying English,” an interview with experimental psychologist Steven Pinker, The Atlantic, December 30, 2014.
“He Wants To Be God: Finn Wittrock on Playing a Psychopath,” an interview with the co-star of American Horror Story: Freak Show, December 17, 2014.
“How the World Turned on Bill Cosby: A Day-by-Day Account,” a tick-tock account of the Bill Cosby media storm, The Daily Beast, December 1, 2014.
“Bill Buckley Gets Bigger Over Time,” an interview with Sam Tanenhaus, who is writing a biography of William F. Buckley, The Daily Beast, August 17, 2015.
“How Karina Longworth Is Reimagining Classic Hollywood, an interview with the creator of the You Must Remember This podcast, Longreads.com, March 17, 2015.
“Those Pesky Tapes: The Release of More Nixon Tapes is a Treasure for Historians,” reporting about recent revelations from the Nixon Tapes, Kirkus Reviews, July 31, 2014.
“When the Right to Vote Wasn’t a Right,” a historical essay about the PBS documentary Freedom Summer about a violent Mississippi voting-rights drive in 1964, The Daily Beast, June 23, 2014.
“Joan Didion’s Life Is the Story of Postwar America,” an interview with Didion biographer Tracy Daugherty, Biographile, August 25, 2015.
“A Master Class With Angels in America Playwright Tony Kushner,” an interview with the Pulitzer Prize winner about the Arthur Miller’s plays, The Daily Beast, June 21, 2015.
“Robert Roper on Language, Lolita, and Vladimir Nabokov in America,” an interview with the Nabokov biographer, Biographile, June 16, 2015.
“The Book That Changed Campaigns Forever,” a 4,000-word profile of author Teddy White, Politico Magazine, April 22, 2015.
“‘The Power Broker Turns 40: How Robert Caro Wrote a Masterpiece,” a 6,000-word profile of author Robert Caro, The Daily Beast, September 16, 2014.
“The Decade When ‘The New Yorker’ Grew Up,” a conversation with New Yorker editors about a new collection of the magazine’s reporting from the 1940s, The Daily Beast, May 20, 2014.
“Andy Warhol’s Big Adventure,” Deborah Davis’s The Trip: Andy Warhol’s Plastic Fantastic Cross-Country Adventure (Atria, 2015), Chicago Tribune, August 27, 2015.
“Suffering Suffrage” Ari Berman’s Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America (FSG, 2015), Chicago Tribune, August 13, 2015.
“Still Tricky,” Evan Thomas’s Being Nixon: A Man Divided (Random House, 2015) and Tim Weiner’s One Man Against the World: The Tragedy of Richard Nixon (Henry Holt, 2015), Chicago Tribune, July 26, 2015.
“Tea Time,” Jeff Koehler’s Darjeeling: The Colorful History and Precarious Fate of the World’s Greatest Tea (Bloomsbury, 2015), Chicago Tribune, May 7, 2015.
“The Persuasive Minimalism of Philip Glass,” Philip Glass’s Words Without Music (Liveright, 2015), Biographile, April 24, 2015.
“Building the Great Society,” Julian E. Zelizer’s The Fierce Urgency of Now: Lyndon Johnson, Congress, and the Battle for the Great Society (Penguin Press, 2015), Chicago Tribune, January 8, 2015.
“North vs. South, From a New Direction,” Don H. Doyle’s The Cause of All Nations: An International History of the American Civil War (Basic Books, 2014), Chicago Tribune, December 28, 2014.
“How LBJ and Reagan Wrecked Our Faith in Government,” Jonathan Darman’s Landslide: LBJ and Reagan at the Dawn of a New America (Random House, 2014), The Daily Beast, October 21, 2014.
“Tavis Smiley Chronicles MLK’s Last Year,” Tavis Smiley’s Death of a King: The Real Story of Dr. Martin Luther King’s Final Year (Little Brown, 2014), The Daily Beast, October 16, 2014.
“Cracks in the Glass,” Dorothy Sue Cobble, Linda Gordon and Astrid Henry’s Feminism Unfinished: A Short, Surprising History of American Women’s Movements (Liveright, 2014), Chicago Tribune, September 26, 2014.