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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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ReadThis: Vulture’s ‘Tomorrowland’ Review Just Gave Me Chills

I can’t think of a movie review that’s ever given me chills. Maybe one of Roger Ebert’s from back in the day, but loved reading him for different reasons — his wit, his glib eye, and his unabashed honesty when he loved a movie. But this Vulture review of TOMORROWLAND — “Tomorrowland is the Anti-Hunger-Games” — just gave me chills. Good chills. Some highlights: Brad Bird’s Disney-produced sci-fi adventure Tomorrowland is the most enchanting reactionary cultural diatribe ever …

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Sultan

Sultan is one of the ex-felon Coss Athletics trainers who make a brief appearance in “The Remaking of Coss Marte,” my story that came out last week. He was an incredibly compelling guy in his own right, and I wished I’d been able to give him more space in the story. He probably deserves his own story. Here’s the best I can do, for now anyway. The man’s a beast — 6-4, just shredded, like an …

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Ray

Ray was one of the ex-felons who works with Coss now who made a brief appearance in “The Remaking of Coss Marte.” Ray also wore me out — when I was reporting Coss’s story in New York, I watched Coss lead one class, then participated in Ray’s class after that. I haven’t really worked out in a year, probably. A one or two mile jog here or there, some pushups and situps every once in …

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How ‘Little Floyd’ Became ‘Money Mayweather’

Hot on the heels of my story about the unforgettable Coss Marte last week comes this profile of the inescapable Floyd Mayweather. Sorry to add to all the Mayweather noise, but I tried to do something nobody’s managed to really do — pin down who Mayweather really is, and why. Much like Floyd’s life, the story’s not quite how it seems at first. All I think you really need to know is that Josie Harris, …

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Cuts: Or, Things That Get Left Out

One of the hardest parts of journalism for me, because I get obsessed with whatever/whoever I’m learning about, is deciding what not to write — and inevitably, every story goes to print with some excellent stuff left out. I wrestle with this every story. This is one of the most important parts of writing, and to my immense gratitude, I have smart — and patient — editors who helped me work through it. If you guys are reading …

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