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What Killed the Bear Lady?

For 28 years, Kay Grayson lived side-by-side with wild black bears in North Carolina’s swampy coastal forests, hand-feeding them, defending them against poachers, and letting them in her home. When she went missing last year, the only thing the investigators could find were her clean-picked bones. And that’s just the start of the mystery.  ...
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The Next Real Rebels

The next real literary “rebels” in this country might well emerge as some weird bunch of anti-rebels, born oglers who dare somehow to back away from ironic watching, who have the childish gall actually to endorse and instantiate single-entendre principles. Who treat of plain old untrendy human troubles and emotions in U.S. life with reverence...
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From MDMA to the NFL: Noah Spence’s Journey Isn’t Over

Bleacher Report asked me to write a thing about Noah Spence, the NFL prospect who was one of the best players in college football at Ohio State, got kicked off the team and banned from the Big Ten, then went in search of redemption at lil’ ol’ Eastern Kentucky University. Seems he found it, too,...
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Jason Silva on fear, perfectionism, love

Thought this Jason Silva video has some great thoughts worth chewing on, so I transcribed it. He touches on so many things that deeply affect us – the impossibility of knowing where all of this is really headed, the paralysis of freedom, fear, perfectionism. Enjoy: I once read an interview where a very successful curator...
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New Story: “What Killed The Bear Lady?”

I’ve got a new feature out in the April 2016 issue of Outside magazine: “What Killed The Bear Lady?” It’s about Kay Grayson, who was known as The Bear Lady because she lived with a pack of bears and spent the last 25 years of her life or so fighting poachers trying to kill them, until...
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“Those who were seen dancing were called insane by those who could not hear the music.” — Nietzche I don’t know how but I’ve somehow gone all my life without coming across this quote, or if I had, I’d forgotten it. Just heard it on Jason Silva’s latest Shots of Awe.
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“There is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live.” — Solomon

From Ecclesiastes, which scholars believe Solomon wrote toward the end of his life. And he lived an insane life. According to the Bible, he asked got for wisdom, got it, became incredibly wealthy, then married like a thousand wives and lived it up … and by the end of it all, this is what he had...
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BORN THAT WAY: The Legend of Coach Marvin Jarman

On a Monday night in Greenville, North Carolina, the fever of high school football archrivalry sweeps over a field in the country. Almost everyone will lose their minds at some point over the next few hours, all except one man. J.H. Rose High School’s football team, after a 30-minute trip from Marvin Jarman Drive in...
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Some notes regarding the Marvin Jarman story

One of the hardest parts of every assignment is deciding what to leave out. That’s never been more true than right now: My story about Greenville, N.C. coaching icon Marvin Jarman comes out at SB Nation Longform tomorrow (see this previous blog post about it), and I feel like I only used two percent of the material and interviews I...
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Before The Hoodie

My newest published story is out now — Bleacher Report asked me to write Bill Belichick’s origin story. Been working on it the past couple months. Truth be told, it was a frustrating story, one that, frankly, I was ready to give up on. Belichick wasn’t talking to me, nobody close to him was talking to...
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The ConBody Kickstarter

Hey, remember former-drug-kingpin-turned-fitness-superstar Coss Marte? I profiled him for SB Nation back in April. And now, he could use some help and I thought you’d like to know about it — check out his Kickstarter page here. Basically, he needs to raise $25,000 in the next 25 days so they can build a much-needed new studio space....
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Marvin Jarman

Just posted this on Facebook and figured I might as well share it here: I’ve never done this before, but hey, this is as good a time as any: I’m going to tell you about a story I’m writing and ask for your help with it. Cool? Cool. So here’s the deal: For SB Nation​,...
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‘John Wick’ screenwriter Derek Kolstad’s long journey to success

Just watched John Wick and loved it, which means I promptly Googled it to death. Now there’s a sentence. Spoilers ahead. From The Atlantic: Marvel that such a strange film made it to the screen. John Wick is no ordinary Hollywood action claptrap, but it’s not exactly aiming for profundity either. It achieves an almost impossible...
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‘The 40-Year-Old Virgin’s’ Remarkably Ridiculous Shutdown

Universal shut down Judd Apatow's classic 'The 40-Year-Old Virgin' after just two days of production because, among other reasons, they thought Steve Carrell looked like a serial killer and Paul Rudd was fat.
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Eliot Peper and the Uncommon Stock trilogy

An interview with Eliot Peper, author of the Uncommon Stock trilogy, the joys and terrors of writing and publishing, why he's self-publishing the third book in the series after working with a publisher for the first two, why he decided to turn down a great job offer to focus on his books, and more.
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How Louis Dail keeps his antique cars in full working condition

We used a gorgeous '56 Chevy two-door hardtop Belair for the Behind the Drive cover. We did this because it fit a lot of Hwy 55's branding in some nice and subtle ways. Plus it's just a beautiful machine that we knew would look fantastic on the cover of a book. It belongs to ...
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A promise

The best books tell stories you don't want to put down and that you can't stop thinking about when you're finished with them. That's definitely Behind the Drive.
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Washington Summer Festival!

Hey everyone! I’ll have a booth set up at the Washington Summer Festival. It’s Friday, June 12 from 5-9 p.m., and Saturday, June 13, from 10 a.m. – 9 p.m., on the lovely Pamlico River waterfront. There will be some 30,000 people there, and all kinds of great food and games and rides. Should be a great...
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Matthew McConaughey’s Purge

How Matthew McConaughey broke down and then recovered after becoming famous following the release of A TIME TO KILL in 1996.
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