GQ put out a story written by Kevin Coughlin of the New York Post about his experiences working on an upscale magazine with baseball great Lenny Dykstra, which were anything but great. And he calls people bad names!
Without taking sides in the struggle, it’s a pretty good read and worth checking out. The narrative of Coughlin working for his boyhood idol–a guy who many people weren’t sure that he actually knew how to read–is sure to make one feel better about one’s job situation, unless you just got laid off or something. In which case, why are you reading this?
The [magazine] office is at 245 Park Avenue, an imposing glass edifice that Lenny calls “major league” and “one of the top five addresses in the world.” But though the address is prestigious, the five cramped offices we occupy on the thirty-ninth floor are certainly not: The walls are painted a drab, dentist-office eggshell and decked with second-rate Impressionist knockoffs. When Lenny gives me my tour, he says he’ll soon be updating the decor—replacing the art with flat-screen TVs, repainting the walls—though the $30,000 a month he’s reportedly paying in rent already seems to be putting a pinch on his renovation plans. On that same tour, he suggests that perhaps senior editor Chris Frankie and I could come in and do the painting ourselves some weekend. And that new MacBook Air he’d promised during my interview? Lenny asks if I’d mind using my personal laptop instead.
But dude, you’re working for Lenny Dykstra! It’s as if you were athletic and playing baseball alongside him! Or snorting rails off the same end table at Days Inn! Just go with it! Or, you know, run out of there like you have a brain in your head.
Dykstra responded on the record:
“Everything in there is a lie,” Dykstra said by telephone Sunday night.
“I’m not going down in the dirt with this guy,” Dykstra said. “He’s [ticked] off because he got fired. He was masquerading as a photo editor.
‘I’m spending 400-grand a month trying to help [professional athletes]. This is what I get for it? It’s a sad thing. I don’t get it. Why are people taking what he says to be the truth?”
Obviously, I believe the guy that played major league baseball. Why would he need to lie? He’s already awesome and worthy of my undying respect. That other guy? He’s just mean.