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Esquire and GQ Both Publish Zanesville Zoo Stories

(Via GQ)

If you’re a subscriber to Esquire and GQ like us, your upcoming March issues are going to look a lot alike. No, we don’t mean all the expensive stuff that you want but can’t afford. Both Esquire and GQ have articles about the crazy Zanesville, Ohio, exotic animal massacre in their next issues. Esquire’s is written by Chris Jones, GQ’s by Chris Heath.

Normally we’d be opposed to this, but the subject matter is worthy of the treatment. Now instead of one take on it, you can get two. Feel free to compare and contrast them because they’re both online now, prior to the print editions. Then let us know which one you enjoyed more.

Just don’t post a link to Tsovet’s race car watch. We wanted it badly — and were quite prepared to sell our bodies [Editor's note: Okay, maybe just my body] on the street for one — but they’ve already sold out. Maybe it was for the best, but the pain is still very real.

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Gay Talese and Chris Jones Speaking at Harvard Today

If anyone happens to find themselves in the Harvard area with nothing to do this afternoon, you should not miss this: Gay Talese and Chris Jones are going to be speaking about narrative journalism. The free event begins at 2:00 pm, and is being held at Boylston Hall in Fong Auditorium.

We’d love to go; they are two excellent writers. Here is some more information about the lecture.

ESPN The Magazine Names Chris Jones New ‘Backpage’ Columnist

ESPN The Magazine has hired Chris Jones to be its new “Backpage” columnist. Jones is a contributor to Esquire and Grantland, and a great addition to ESPN. Jones will be responsible for creating and developing all the content for ESPN’s new Backpage section, which begins in the November 16 issue.

Jones will report directly to ESPN’s Editor-in-Chief, Chad Millman. Millman said of Jones, “His stories are as eloquent and richly detailed as any being written today, about anything. Plus, he can grow a grizzly beard when he puts his mind to it. I admire that and look forward to having him join our team.”

Grantland Profiles Long Deceased Sports Paper The National

It’s been an up an down week for Bill Simmons‘ new online startup Grantland. The Atlantic proclaimed the site DOA. Deadspin has been hating ever since word of the site got out. And then there was this brutal reaming. Even we had to get in on the action a little, pointing out that a website that purports to have high-minded literary ambitions loses its credibility when blanketed by tacky Subway ads.

But all that said, one thing you can’t argue is that they’ve had some interesting pieces up there. Chris Jones‘ story on his conflicted reentry into the baseball beat was easily one of the best written sports pieces we’ve read in quite some time. We enjoyed Chuck Klosterman‘s take on how DVR kills the thrill of sports. And then there’s today’s piece on the long-deceased sports newspaper The National. Written Legs McNeil-Please-Kill-Me-style, the piece delves into the glorious but ill-fated 18-month run of the country’s only national sports newspaper.

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Bill Simmons’ Grantland Launches

Here at FishbowlNY we’ve been eagerly anticipating the launch of Grantland, the sports/pop culture website from Bill Simmons. A little before noon it launched, and it’s got some good stuff so far. There’s a welcome by Simmons, a baseball piece by Esquire writer Chris Jones, and a fantastic article about a forgotten – yet somehow legendary – basketball game by Chuck Klosterman.

And that’s it. Just three articles. Okay technically there’s four, but we’re not counting the post about a reality TV fantasy draft because the entire concept is stupid, writing an article about it is even worse.

For all the hype behind Grantland’s launch you’d think there would be more content, but as Simmons tells Media Alley, he’s focusing on quality over quantity:

I mean, obviously we want people to read. But the thing is I don’t want one person to check ten times a day; I’d rather have 10 people check once. I think the problem with where the Internet is going is that because everybody’s so trapped with getting page views that they’re gearing stuff toward multiple, multiple, multiple posts per day.

That’s a great approach, but it’s also one that only someone like Simmons can afford to have.

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Esquire’s Chris Jones on Being a Professional Writer

Chris Jones, Writer-at-Large for Esquire, is a good writer. His profile of Roger Ebert in February of 2010 is perhaps his most popular piece, but he’s been churning out quality work for Esquire for years. Jones’ writing is the kind that causes you to reread the article because it made you think, then read it again just to see how the hell he put together words like that. So when he started a blog about writing, it got people talking. Then yesterday, when he wrote a post called “How to be a professional writer,” and nailed what it’s like to be a journalist today, while also blasting Jason Whitlock, the Fox Sports writer in the process, it got people yelling.

In his post, Jones discusses what he thinks makes a great professional writer, and names Whitlock as the antithesis of that:

Well, here’s the stone-cold truth, kids: Jason Whitlock has no soul. He’s neither a good reporter nor a good writer. He’s a bloviator who’s somehow carved out a niche for himself as a kind of anti-establishment figure by making references to The Wire and pretending he’s the second coming of Ralph Wiley, when Ralph Wiley would be fucking mortified to be associated with Whitlock’s brand of self-serving buffoonery.

Jones tells FishbowlNY that he singled Whitlock out because he encapsulates everything that is wrong with writing today. It worries him that Whitlock’s style is what young writers think will lead to success in the industry.

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The Best in Media Writing

The blizzard continues to snarl travel plans, leaving a ton of people bored out of their minds in airports across the nation. It’s times like this when having something good to read (or plenty of alcohol) comes in handy, and Joe Pompeo over at The Cutline has put together a great list of long-form media writing to help.

Number one on the list, which we agree with, is the Roger Ebert profile by Chris Jones in Febuary’s Esquire. It’s an amazing piece that offers a look into the life of Ebert, who hasn’t been able to speak since his thyroid cancer surgery in 2006.

Other articles featured in Pompeo’s list include a Nick Denton article by Ben McGrath in The New Yorker and a Glenn Beck feature by Mark Leibovich in the New York Times Magazine. Give some of these articles a try if you’re looking for something to take your mind off of the holiday travel madness.