Tag Archives: sportswriting

Backtracking 2013: Longform sports hits its stride

Tweet‘Tis the season for year-end “Listicles,” “Bests Of,” etc., that try to come off as more authoritative than they really are. If you read enough of these pieces, you’ll find that there’s a certain “must read” herd mentality to them.
This week I’m referencing a few of my favorite links from the past year in [...]

Weekend arts and culture: A life in sports letters

TweetA sportswriter with a gargantuan influence on his profession was momentously honored this week, but the chances are you haven’t heard a thing about it.
But you probably have heard about a sportswriter with a gargantuan ego and penchant for self-aggrandizement who is returning to a former employer he has been publicly trashing for years.
While Frank [...]

More Belthian quality comes to the Interwebs

TweetAlex Belth — one of this blog’s favorites — is expanding his curatorial powers with a new feature on Deadspin called The Stacks.
He describes it as a “blog devoted to classic magazine and newspaper writing,” most of it sports, but not all. The initial posts are reprints of pieces by Gay Talese, John Schulian and [...]

The sports magazine art of Richard Ben Cramer

TweetThe writer known best for his mountainous study of the 1988 presidential race, “What It Takes,” was remembered just as much this week for his equally memorable magazine work.
Richard Ben Cramer, a Pulitzer Prize winner who was 62 when he died Monday from lung cancer, was especially hailed by fellow authors and journalists for his [...]

The easiest sportswriter low-hanging fruit ever picked

TweetGawker’s “50 Least Important Writers of 2012″ is beyond savage, and even beyond snark, which is refreshing. Some usual suspects abound from the world of sports, but I won’t spoil the fun here. Click the link, admire the editors for poking fun at themselves, and revel in this blustery takedown of a certain Grantland contributor [...]

Midweek books: Missing Halberstam more than ever

TweetI gave myself a little birthday present last month by downloading the electronic version of “Everything They Had: Sports Writing from David Halberstam.”
Published in 2009, two years after the author’s tragic death in an automobile accident, “Everything They Had” is a collection of Halberstam’s non-book sportswriting for newspapers, magazines and online publications, including ESPN.com’s discontinued [...]

A sportswriting giant: ‘The last of his kind’

TweetIf you love reading about sportswriters of another era, New York writer Alex Belth is a real treat. On his multifaceted Bronx Banter blog he recently interviewed sports columnist and Hollywood screenwriter John Schulian and has been reprinting manuscripts of articles from another legend, W.C. Heinz.
For Deadspin, Belth has penned this enormously robust remembrance of the enormously [...]