Sam Parker

Deputy Editor, / Freelance writer and editor

Previous roles:
Features Editor, BuzzFeed UK
Culture Editor, The Huffington Post UK
Content Editor, Bauer Media
Past freelance work:
The Times, Guardian Online,, Empire Magazine
Men's lifestyle, culture, books, poetry, opinion, humour
Winner: DMA Magazine Website of the Year 2013 (
Nominated: British Media Awards Launch of the Year 2014 (
Nominated: BSME Rising Star 2014 Best Web Writer
Nominated: Nominated: AOP Digital Publishing Awards 2014 Launch of the Year (
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London, United Kingdom

Sam Parker's portfolio

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  • Open-uri20140724-9319-1ajfkbh
    Esquire 07/23/2014
    In 2013, the much-feted American author and essayist Dave Eggers published a novel called that was quickly hailed as 'the most prescient satirical commentary of the early internet age'. Set in the not too distant future, it...
  • Long Form
  • Open-uri20140714-5-1apsbrj
    Esquire 07/04/2014
    "No single vice causes so much mental and physical debility," began a section of a popular home medical guide published in 1921, "than masturbation. It impairs the intellect, weakens the memory, debases the mind, ruins the...
  • Open-uri20140324-7-1o19mrs
    Esquire 03/10/2014
    For years, print publications used lists as mere adornments to bigger stories. 'Boxouts' of facts or funny asides were designed to break up the text and help draw your eye in - they were the seasoning on the meat of news...
  • Open-uri20140208-2260-e1b57m
    Esquire 02/03/2014
    In 1982, three years before I was born, my Father was living in a tank in West Berlin. He was the 'gunner' in a regiment ordered to be ready in case Russia decided to turn the heat up on the Cold War and invade Germany.
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    This year it started in September. An email arrived asking if I, as a member of the press, would like to attend the Movember: Cook Like A Man book launch, where 'foragers and roadies will be hanging out to share recipes and...
  • Sky
    Esquire 09/03/2013
    Andy Cairns, tall, warm, Cockney, Executive Editor of Sky Sports News, leans in with a pleasing thought. "On Match Of The Day, they sort of sit almost with their backs to you, don’t they? Like you’re eavesdropping on...
  • Ernie
    Esquire 07/21/2013
    Why one little-known novel in particular, The Garden Of Eden, should cause us to re-evaluate the great caricature of American literature.
  • Iraq
    The Huffington Post UK 02/07/2013
    I imagine for many people alive today, the great politicising event of their childhood came in the form of a tragedy. The first dreadful hammer of the Luftwaffe passing overhead, the panicked screams at the Dealey Plaza or the...
  • Toon
    The Huffington Post UK 12/19/2012
    Following news that Newcastle City Council is planning to cut 100% of its spending on arts and culture, former Newcastle resident Sam Parker returns to the city to find out how it will be affected, and questions the logic of...
  • O-reader-3-570
    The Huffington Post UK 11/05/2012
    The Huffington Post UK joins The Reader Organisation, a charity celebrating its tenth year helping people with mental health problems using a different type of therapy: cups of tea, a good old natter and characters from some of...
  • Nuart
    The Huffington Post UK 10/10/2012
    On first reflection, street art from the mean streets of LA or London and a sleepy port town in Norway doesn't sound like a match made in heaven. But wander around Stavanger for a few hours, where for over a decade giant...
  • Saber
    The Huffington Post UK 09/09/2012
    At Nuart Festival in Norway HuffPost UK spoke with Saber, one the best-known graffiti artists in the world who can't reveal his real name. We found out why he's campaigning against Mitt Romney's 'coup' of his country, why he's...
  • Joan-library
    The Huffington Post UK 02/04/2012
    To mark National Libraries Day, The Huffington Post UK travels to Newcastle upon Tyne where a soon-to-be demolished local library plays a vital role in a community already savaged by the economic crisis, to pose the question:...
  • Slam
    The Times 12/16/2010
    Rapid-fire ‘slam’ recitals with voting audiences are a big draw. Could this be the new X Factor? Every week in small theatres and pubs across Britain, poetry is being dragged back into popular culture by a new generation. The...
  • Opinion / Comment
  • Open-uri20140624-633-876p9b
    Esquire 06/24/2014
    It started as a gentle pitter-patter tiptoeing around the edges of our dreams, then turned into a roar, cold and fat and angry. Inside our tent - the one we'd later see photographed on the front cover of a national newspaper -...
  • Open-uri20140528-4525-999xtm
    Esquire 04/10/2014
    Human history, it is comforting to believe, is on a steady trajectory of self-improvement. As the centuries pass we get better at how we treat ourselves and each other, though this progress is often punctuated by setbacks, the...
  • Open-uri20140403-5-msz78i
    Esquire 04/03/2014
    Kurt Cobain didn't care much for fashion. But unwillingly (all his influence was unwilling), he did set the style template for generations of angst-riddled teenagers, including mine. In all other counter culture movements,...
  • Open-uri20140326-11715-1pw58a7
    The Guardian 03/26/2014
    To trace journalism's erratic transition to the digital world, you only have to look at how dramatically headlines have changed - and why. Throughout the print era, pictures, standfirsts, opening paragraphs and several other...
  • Open-uri20140324-12-6vwxvr
    Esquire 03/12/2014
    Keen watchers of what New Yorker magazine first dubbed ' The McConaissance' - Matthew McConaughey's remarkable rise from rent-a-stomach rom-com journeyman to the year's most critically lauded actor - will have noticed the same...
  • World
    The Huffington Post UK 07/07/2011
    Earlier this week, as Twitter let out its first collective gasp of horror over the News of the World revelations that brought about the end of the paper, I commented: Feel for everyone working at #NOTW who didn't hack a...
  • Open-uri20140624-19202-1heeapy
    Esquire 03/06/2014
    The other day I was standing in a supermarket when I noticed a tray of football stickers by the counter. Acting on a dim but familiar impulse, I picked a packet up and turned it over in my hands. It felt like I remembered:...
  • Open-uri20131023-10-12susyv-0
    Esquire 10/09/2013
    The boxset 'golden age' has been a blast. But which show tops them all?
  • Open-uri20140324-7-1xixksb
    Esquire 03/04/2014
    Warning: contains (small) spoiler from True Detectives episode four. In the midst of cinema's glory week, when the industry is still patting itself on the back for a successful Oscars, it may be a little churlish to draw...
  • Open-uri20140222-12-1e8ngop
    Esquire 02/17/2014
    There is a moment, about a third of the way into Gravity, when George Clooney's character is forced to confront one of the most horrifying deaths in cinema history. Floating unprotected in space, after almost reaching the...
  • Open-uri20140216-1816-h63qhe
    Esquire 02/10/2014
    It has been a football season of many unfamiliar joys this year. A genuine three way tussle at the top. A battle at the bottom that could yet drag several different teams into the abyss. But whatever happens at either end of...
  • Open-uri20140127-16114-15eu8ax
    The Guardian 01/24/2014
    Imagine if, 20 or 50 years ago, newspaper editors knew not only how many people were buying their paper each day but precisely how much of it they read. Imagine if they could see in real time, as their readers sat on the train...
  • Open-uri20140219-12-1xc92uv
    Esquire 01/21/2014
    Exciting news in the world of Google Glass! Wait - you haven't even tried a pair on yet? No, us either. But the exciting news might just convince you, because it has to do with sex.
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