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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. My latest story, for Outside magazine. Read it here: click.

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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 of ideas and inspiration and media was asked, what is the future of your organization? And what he said was …

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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 she was found having died under mysterious circumstances last January. The story will be online sometime in the next few …

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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 and conviction. Who eschew self-consciousness and hip fatigue. These anti-rebels would be outdated, of course, before they even started. Dead …

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He Never Would Have Made A Single Mark

  NATHAN: You know this guy, right? CALEB: Jackson Pollock. NATHAN: Jackson Pollock. The drip painter. He let his mind go blank, and his hand go where it wanted. Not deliberate, not random. Someplace in between. They called it automatic art. Nathan gazes at the canvas.  NATHAN: Let’s make this like Star Trek, okay? Engage intellect. CALEB: What? NATHAN: I’m Kirk. Your head is the warp drive. ‘Engage intellect’. What if Pollock had reversed the challenge? Instead of trying to make …

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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 to say about life. This is what he said was the best way to live. Be happy. Do good. Love …

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Something Something Blogging

You know Pocket? If not, it’s this great app that lets you save articles you want to read for later. Turns out I’m kind of an article hoarder — I probably save anywhere from five to fifty articles per day, even if I’ve already read them, because I want to do something with them. They’re just too cool and interesting to just read and then click away from, plus a lot of times they raise other questions that I …

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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 central Greenville here to D.H. Conley High School, steps out of their buses wearing emerald-green pants with bright blue piping …

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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 gathered over the course of the past couple months. I love talking to people. I love getting to know who …

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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 me, and I thought that the story would be better if we waited a few more weeks at least, once …

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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. And remember, he’s more than just another fitness entrepreneur. He’s an ex-con trying to change the way the world sees …

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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​, I’m writing a big long story about Marvin Jarman. If you’re from Greenville, N.C., he likely needs no introduction, but …

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Oh hi there!

Been a while, meaning it’s about time for another “oh darn I haven’t blogged in awhile so here’s an update” sort of post. Darn, I haven’t blogged in awhile, so here’s an update. I haven’t been blogging as much for a few reasons, but the main one is that I’m focusing on other work right now so that I can make it as good as possible. One of the hardest lessons I’ve had to learn …

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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 goal—being a basically plotless action/revenge drama but seeming utterly distinct all the same. … This movie is about people who …

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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 time. I’ll be holding a giveaway, too – everyone who buys a book and/or signs up for my email list …

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