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The Star-Spangled Awesome Opening Scene From ‘The Newsroom’, Transcribed

The best stories grab you from the first scene and refuse to let go. HBO's new show The Newsroom does just that, and it manages to do it with people sitting in chairs talking.  I have no idea what The Newsroom is about. I assume a newsroom. I started watching it today because I'd read...
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Love and Basketball and Writing

While I was in Toronto for work this past week, I had a chance to grab lunch with a writer friend of mine. We got to talking about young writers. He hears from something like 7,392 a day, many of whom are around my age—25—and crazy frustrated. Not enough is happening fast enough for their liking...
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Three Stupid Things I Thought About Going To Canada

Only time I’ve been to a foreign country in my life was for my honeymoon three years ago. St. Lucia. Now I’m sitting in the Charlotte airport on my way to Toronto. (The CLT bathroom attendants continue to make things awkward as ever.) Here are a few stupid thoughts that actually went through my brain—briefly,...
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Go Do Stuff II: Do More Stuff

(YouTube / Casey Neistat) You hear it all the time.  Life’s short. Life’s short. Time goes faster the older you get.  You’re 30 before you know it. You’re 65 and retiring before you know it. You’re 100 if you’re lucky. Heck, 65 if you’re lucky. Steve Jobs, one of the most important people in contemporary culture, only made it 56...
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The Gospels Are Not Your Alibi

Highlights from Charles Pierce’s brilliant takedown of the high school that forfeited a state championship baseball game because it didn’t want to play against a girl.  In his invaluable What Jesus Meant, historian and author Garry Wills reminds us that, during his time as a thoroughgoing Galilean religious nuisance, Himself did not take the time to...
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Why Brandon and Katie Are Losers Who Don’t Do Valentine’s Day

This originally ran on Valentine's Day 2011. Happy Valentime's! This is a guest post by my beautiful and amazing and way-smarter-than-me wife, Katie. Enjoy. (The post. Not my wife. She's all mine. Um, okay then ...) Why We Don't Do Valentine's Dayby Katie Sneed Brandon and I decided a couple years ago to not celebrate...
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Something Really Dumb That I Just Figured Out (A Mind Dump)

The first Google image when searching "facepalm." From this place.  Not trying to be all deep-minded or anything. Just started typing out some thoughts and then thought maybe they'd resonate with someone else, too, so I decided to share. Sharing is fun. Note: I offer this with imaginary grains of salt, one because I am...
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Learning from Meadowlark

One of the greatest things that happened for me this year is that I've re-learned what it means just to enjoy life. I think that a big part of rediscovering that happened when I interviewed Meadowlark Lemon awhile back.
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What Dad Gave Me

Something I've noticed about lots of my fellow twenty-somethings is that we're really good about talking crap about our parents, bemoaning the bad things they passed down to us and rambling about righting things they do oh so wrong and blah blah blah. It is part of the beautiful circle of life, that kids get...
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The Walk on the Beach Where we got Caught in the Rain

Or, the most cliche hour of our lives in recent memory.  The other day, Katie and I went for a long walk on the beach. Yep. Right out of the classified ads and sappy movies, this walk. And that's just the beginning.
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Notes From the Road: Chicago II, Day 2

I just got back from spending the day with the subject of my story for ESPN The Magazine. Headed back tomorrow morning. Heading to his old neighborhood to see his mom tomorrow afternoon. Man, I wish I could tell you all about it. I wish that, once I finished transcribing the interview, I could just...
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Duke Goes Down

Never thought I'd say it, but folks, I think I'm a Duke fan. Duke basketball, anyway. I can't really explain it, but I'm going to try.  By now it's old news that Duke's season is done. Arizona and monster Derrick Williams did the deed—thanks in large part to the most perfect second half of basketball...
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