Hi! Welcome to my blog, assuming someone is actually reading this — and let’s be real, I’m just going to operate under the assumption that no one is. As usual, I’m much more comfortable when I feel like I’m screaming into a void, not addressing actual readers.
I’m starting this blog to give myself a forum to write while I’m unemployed. I was part of the mass layoffs at Sports Illustrated in 2019 — I’ll let this Deadspin story do the talking about that indignity — and now, I’m taking some time to evaluate my options and work on a book. I’m lucky to have those luxuries. But I will say: After almost a decade of writing daily, this experience is beyond strange, and I realized almost immediately that I’d need somewhere to (self-)publish my thoughts during this time. So, voila! I’ve created this aesthetically mediocre space, which I hope will contain slightly better-than-mediocre writing.
My focus here will be books, journalism and writing, but I’ll probably veer off in other (predictable) directions from time to time, so bear with me. You’ll probably get photos from my travel — next up, I’m headed to Annapolis, Maryland for a Tulane football game and Paris — and maybe even some cameos from my cat, Eloise, who loves nothing more to sit directly on top of my computer keyboard or whatever open book I have in front of me. She also derives intense pleasure from chewing on pens I’m trying to write with.
I guess I’ll wrap up this introduction there, before I veer into a full breakdown of Eloise’s days, likes and dislikes. I’d love it if you’d follow along as I negotiate unemployment, read a ton, attempt to re-educate myself on topics outside of the world of sports (I think I’ve lost several IQ points since 2009) and travel.