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Tim Tebow Can’t Help Himself

  What if a 29-year-old former quarterback was good enough to play pro baseball, too? What if we all tried the things that people told us we could not do? Inside the final comeback of a born-again star   Before he said yes to training Tim Tebow over the summer, former major league catcher Chad Moeller met with the recovering quarterback at his private baseball training facility in Scottsdale, Arizona, and had a couple of …

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Seven years ago today

Seven years ago today, Barton College and its hometown hero Anthony Atkinson won the 2007 NCAA Division II national championship in ridiculous fashion. To quote the great Will Leitch, whose writing about the game in the New York Times that year inspired the title of the book: “If this had happened in Division I, it would have been legend.”

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Is it okay that journalists almost always betray the trust of those they write about?

This is a loose follow-up to my post earlier in the week that asked if we should still write about people who don’t want us to write about them.

Also, just to be clear: This is just about the nature of journalism in general, and magazine feature writing in particular. I’m not writing this to sling mud at Tom or anybody else, or to call his moral character into question, or to just spit an opinion and argue just for the sake of it.

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The Guardian’s ‘Firestorm’: Great, Or Too Much?

The Guardian published a super fancy multimedia presentation about a family surviving a wildfire in Australia. You can check it out by clicking the picture above. I recommend it. I’m curious what you think about it, whether you’re a journalist, a fiction writer, a documentary maker, or the average reader/viewer. Do you think this is great? Or is it a little much? I think it’s really, really ambitious, and I love really, really ambitious things. …

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Esquire Editor David Granger On Longform Versus Shortform in Storytelling

Ad Age’s Simon Dumenco asked many-awards-winning Esquire editor David Granger this question: You’re a lifelong magazine guy and long-form storyteller. Now you’re working with short-attention-span TV people to help launch the Esquire Network. [Sneed Note: Granger’s developing the Esquire Network with NBC Universal.] Be honest: If you weren’t bald already, would you be pulling your hair out by now? Below is what Granger said, in part. (Here’s the column in full. Definitely worth the read.) …

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