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Making The Great American Novel

About That Novel I Was Going To Write…

At long last, I am embarking on a long-desired project, the completion of my first novel.

I have been writing for nearly as long as I could read.  Before my 30s were defined by my love for photography, I spent much of my teens and 20s writing.  Most people do the majority of the writing in their lives as children, whether they be book reports, essays, or other class assignments. Continue reading

RIP: The Death of Grantland

RIP:  The Death of Grantland

RIP Grantland

RIP Grantland

Last week, ESPN announced that publishing of Grantland.com would be suspended immediately.  Since the unceremonious exit of Bill Simmons from ESPN’s platforms, including the Grantland site he founded, the demise of the website seemed inevitable.

The loss of Grantland is profound.  In an age of terrible content-aggregating websites like Bleacher Report, Huffington Post, Bustle, and others, Grantland stood out for it’s commitment to well-written content without gimmicks like listicles, slideshows, and click-bait.  Bill Simmons (ESPN-supported) hired amazing writing talent.  A new dawn in writing seemed to emerge, when a vanity website was able to lure a Pulitzer prize winner (Wesley Morris), but to me the bigger story was the emergence of relatively obscure writers like Zach Lowe and Bill Barnwell.

Zach and Bill quickly became among the best of the NBA and NFL writers in the entire country.  They possessed a talent for bridging the divide between the observation crowd and those committed to analytics, bringing a complete look at their sports that nobody was pulling off.

So what was the issue with Grantland, beyond the loss of their founder, leader, and tour de force?  The unfortunate answer is that the site simply wasn’t profitable.  ESPN seemed willing to let it’s vanity site continue while supporting one of it’s most expensive personalities, but without Bill Simmons at the helm, that support immediately waned.

That’s what makes the demise of Grantland particularly sad.  Those gimmicks, listicles, slideshows, and click-bait are making a lot of websites profitable.  It could be that a site of the size and scope of Grantland was simply not feasible given today’s internet economics.  And it could follow that the market for writers could be continuing to contract, leaving the low-paid bloggers and  content farms to provide the bulk of the writing output.

This, my friends, is sad and tragic.  The loss of Grantland is a loss for all of us.

 

My new blog

Good evening friends and fellow artists.

I have started this new blog to offer a regular opportunity to communicate with those who share my interests in art, photography, writing, and travel.

I plan to use the blog for quick posts that will be much shorter than the Articles I plan to write on the website and longer than I want to post on my Twitter account, something right in between.  I imagine that some of the short blog posts will eventually evolve into Articles and I hope this will stir creativity for me and my friends who read my work.

I look forward to sharing with you my thoughts, opinions, ideas, insights, and adventures out in the world, and in doing so I hope you can share too.