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How To Be A Pulitzer Finalist, via Eli Saslow of The Washington Post and ESPN

Eli Saslow, a Washington Post staff writer and ESPN The Magazine contributor as well as the author of Ten Letters: The Stories Americans Tell Their President, was recently a Pulitzer Prize finalist for feature writing for his story about a struggling swimming pool salesman. Nieman Storyboard interviewed him for one of their latest Annotation Tuesday posts, which is...
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‘102 Hours in Pursuit of Marathon Suspects’ by the Boston Globe’s Staff

Thought this was a strong, strong piece of reporting by the Boston Globe — which did, really, a near-perfect job covering the Boston Marathon bombing on the whole — that traces the 102 hours officials spent hunting down and nabbing Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the Chechens suspected of committing the crime. It reads quickly and...
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How Sports Illustrated Got The Jason Collins Coming Out Story

Click here to read a cool behind-the-scenes look at how SI landed that groundbreaking Jason Collins cover story. Highlights:  At 9 a.m. last Friday the writer Franz Lidz drove to the Los Angeles home of Jason Collins with a completed draft of a story on which the two had collaborated two days earlier. When he...
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Read It: Patrick Hruby’s Story About Medical Marijuana In Sports

Thought this was a solid report by Patrick Hruby for SportsOnEarth about the benefits that medical marijuana could have for athletes:  Guys popped pills, Vicodin and Oxycontin, serious stuff, at first a few and then a few more. Guys took injections, Marcaine and Toradol, potent liquid lifelines that wouldn’t be out of place in a...
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Read It: ‘Allen Iverson, NBA Icon, Struggles With Life After Basketball’ by Kent Babb

Kent Babb at the Washington Post wrote a good story about Allen Iverson:  Three years after Iverson’s last NBA game, the spotlight has shifted from his play to his flaws. His refusal back then to play by society’s rules was seen as an independent player’s quirks, part of the character and the brand, same as his cornrows...
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The Good Hurt

How Ray King lives and plays basketball with cancer and helped his college team to its best season ever.
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Cameron and Melissa, by The Tampa Bay Times

Great little love story out of Tampa today. (I keep up with a few Tampa Bay Times writers on Twitter — @MichaelKruse and @Gangrey — because it’s a paper that swings big on narrative storytelling. Good stuff every day, seems like. Worth the follow.)  Cameron was a firefighter. Melissa was an ex-girlfriend. She got stabbed...
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Elizabeth Merrill of ESPN.com With Near Perfect Piece On Ray Lewis

Really impressed with pretty much everything about this story about Ray Lewis by Liz Merrill of ESPN.com. There’s been a ton written about Lewis lately and there’s going to be more, as much because of how passionate and dominant he is at the game as for his possible involvement in two murders in Atlanta in...
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Helping Pop Herring

Update: Thomas Lake started a fundraising page for Pop Herring at IndieGoGo.com. Here's the link: click. Pop Herring (from SI.com) Back in January, Sports Illustrated’s Tom Lake profiled Pop Herring, the man who purportedly cut Michael Jordan from his high school team in Wilmington, NC, way back when. It was a fantastic story, and Tom...
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The Greatest Bowling Documentary Ever

Hey you guys, remember back when I posted D Magazine’s Michael Mooney’s story about Bill Fong—The Greatest Bowling Story Ever. Quick refresh: Bill Fong came within one pin of bowling a perfect 900—three straight perfect games—when he had a stroke. Well, now an ambitious guy named Joey Daoud is working on a documentary about Fong’s...
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Hey Sports Writers, Glenn Stout and SBNation Want You

  Glenn Stout, who edits the Best American Sports Writing series, emailed me recently to see if I'd like to get involved with a new project he's overseeing for SBNation.com. Since I'm always looking to help aspiring journalists find new work, I told him I'd post something about it for my readers, all twelve of...
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Gore Vidal Wanted to be Remembered for Having the Fullest Head of Hair of Any Novelist of His Time

Gore Vidal. Norman Mailer. Two great writers and thinkers of their time. Apparently they didn't like each other. Then Esquire sent someone to interview them and apparently they liked each other after that. Or something. Whatever the case, Esquire published that interview in May 1991, and today, for the first time ever, made it available online. Here's...
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What Happened With Jonah Lehrer?

Just some quick thoughts about the whole Jonah Lehrer fiasco. I may update it as things develop. Quick recap: Jonah Lehrer is a young and, until recently, rising superstar in the journalism world. A brilliant thinker, or so it seemed, he's only 31 years old and has already written several books and landed a full-time...
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Mayborn

Something special happened for the nonfiction writing world over the weekend. Down in Dallas, some of the great writers of our time gathered at the Mayborn Nonfiction Literary Conference. Chris Jones, Tom Junod, Tom Lake, editors from my home North Carolina’s Our State magazine, and so many more. (Full roster and details here.) I’m sorry...
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@BIGSPORTSWRITER On the State of Sports Discussion: ‘The Great Ones Are Weary of Those Who Read Them’

@BIGSPORTSWRITER, our mysterious masked Twitter hero, got to thinking about the state of sports discusison last night, particularly how people can't just debate, they have to WIN. It began when he was talking about watching Ken Griffey Jr. and Andruw Jones play and bemoaning the sudden descent of AJ's career. People reacted with their usual...
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@BIGSPORTSWRITER On the Jonah Lehrer Self-‘Plagiarism’ Brouhaha

@BIGSPORTSWRITER is the Twitter handle for some mysterious, well, sportswriter who anonymously peppers Twitter with bizarrely cogent insights for a place built on the shoulders of people who'd rather react to things with capital letters, exclamation points and emoticons, usually mixed together.  Jonah Lehrer is a whiz-kid idea guy/writer who rose to fame in the...
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Read It: ‘America Is A Joke’ by Chris Smith on Jon Stewart

  Today’s dose of journalism inspiration: “America is a Joke,” a Sept. 12, 2010 profile of Jon Stewart written by Chris Smith for New York Magazine. Link: Click. Highlights: Below.  “Jon has chronicled the death of shame in politics and journalism,” says Brian Williams, the NBC Nightly News anchor who is a frequent Daily Show guest. “Many of us...
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Life and Limb

Bruce Bennett: On the day he decided to pay a man to cut off his leg with a power saw, Tom White woke up with a powerful yearning to run. It was last October, early morning. The girls were still asleep. White rolled over and found an empty bed. His wife, Tammy, had already pulled...
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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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