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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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Mike Sager on His Esquire Profile ‘Ugly’

"Someone once said I would have found something loveable about Hitler. And to that I say, well, Eva Braun must have loved him, right?" —Mike Sager National Magazine Award winner Mike Sager (2011, "The Man Who Never Was," Esquire) profiled an ugly dude in Hollywood for the latest issue of Esquire. That sounds kind of mean until...
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Michael Weinreb on Writing Rhythm and More

“I’ve always been kind of obsessed with rhythm in writing, which is odd, because in real life I have absolutely no rhythm at all.” For some reason fantastic writers keep agreeing to answer all these questions I ask them. What I mean, in case you’re new here, is that I keep emailing writers asking them...
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Patrick Hruby on Humor in Journalism and More

“You have to know your subject. You can’t truly make fun of something or someone unless you know them well enough to write a serious piece.” Everyone, let’s give Patrick Hruby a warm welcome to the blog. I’ve read him for years. Dude’s good. He’s been anthologized in the Best American Sportswriting series four different...
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Chris Ballard on his Sports Illustrated Story “Man In Full” And Much More

It’s a good day here at The Blog. No, not because of Valentine’s Day, which Katie and I totally loserishly do not celebrate, as is explained in my previous post. Not even because it’s Tuesday. I actually kind of like Mondays. Well, most Mondays. Some Mondays are just ugly. But most are actually pretty okay....
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Chris Jones of Esquire on His Zanesville Zoo Massacre Story ‘Animals,’ ‘The Most Dramatic Story Of The Year’

Maybe it’s because I just had a Red Bull, but I’m way too excited right now. Esquire‘s Chris Jones stopped by the blog to give us an unreal behind-the-scenes look at his story “Animals,” which comes out in the March 2012 issue of Esquire. It takes you inside last year’s unbelievable Zanesville Zoo massacre, when...
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Sports Illustrated’s Thomas Lake on Pop Herring, Making It In Journalism, and More

Today I am totally stoked to bring you this interview with Thomas Lake. Lake is a senior writer at Sports Illustrated. He is 31 years old. He wrote a good story in a recent issue of Sports Illustrated. (“Did This Man Really Cut Michael Jordan?“) Only by “good” I mean “phenomenal” and other such over-the-top...
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SI’s Tommy Tomlinson On His Harvey Updyke Story “Something Went Very Wrong At Toomer’s Corner”

Writer Tommy Tomlinson took way more time than he should have to answer the way too many questions I asked him about his recent story in Sports Illustrated about Harvey Updyke, the Alabama fan who poisoned the iconic oaks at Auburn’s Toomer’s Corner. Interview Overview I broke down the interview—and all of its 2,000-word entirety—as follows: The Happening —...
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