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Author Chuck Klosterman Backs Up R-Word Apology with $25,000 Charity Donation

The website was co-founded in 2008 by journalist Michelle Diament and photographer Shaun Heasley. Today, Heasley has a heartwarming item about the recent actions of author and New York Times columnist Chuck Klosterman.

Picking up on some local TV coverage late last week in Portland, Maine by Tim Goff, Heasley recaps what happened when Kari Wagner-Peck – the mother of a seven-year-old with Down syndrome – wrote about the author-journalist’s use in past work like this 2008 New York magazine article of the words “retards,” “retard” and “non-retarded:”

Wagner-Peck told WCSH-TV that days later she was overwhelmed when Klosterman not only replied, but owned up.

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Gawker Lists Its Own Writers Among ’50 Least Important Writers of 2012′

If you’ve already had enough holiday cheer (which means you haven’t had enough holiday alcohol), you’ll probably enjoy Gawker’s list of the 50 Least Important Writers of 2012. And we’re not saying that just because you’re in the mood to hate, but because Gawker included its own staff on the list. Well played, Gawker.

But does Gawker including its own writers on this list mean that the site actually considers all of these people the most important? After all, the fact that they’re listed means that they’re at least somewhat important. Either way, the list is a good waste of time, if you’re looking for one.

Here’s a few other writers that made the cut:

Sorry Mediaite.

Chuck Klosterman Discusses His Non-Role Role in the David Petraeus Scandal

The media demands that the non-essential be essential, and so we now know what Chuck Klosterman thinks of his peculiar involvement in the David Petraues scandal. In July, Klosterman addressed a question in his Ethicist column for New York Times Magazine that many now speculate was written by Paula Broadwell’s husband.

The question was from an anonymous husband whose wife was cheating on him with a “government executive,” whose job was “to manage a project whose progress is seen worldwide as a demonstration of American leadership.” It sounded a lot like something Broadwell’s husband would talk about. However, Hugo Lindgren, editor of the Times Magazine, denied this was the case.

Despite Lindgren’s statement, the media storm picked up, and so it was only natural that Klosterman addressed the situation.

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Chuck Klosterman Discusses Being The New Ethicist

In case you missed the big news, Chuck Klosterman is the New York Times Magazine’s new Ethicist. Klosterman spoke to Poynter about the task that lies ahead, and judging by his remarks, he seems to have the right frame of mind for the job. Below are two choice quotes from the interview.

On being an authority on ethics:

I mean, who is indisputably qualified to tell other adults how to live? My view is that a given person creates an abstract framework for how to exist, and then he (or she) places tangible problems into that framework to see how they fit… I’m qualified because I’m alive and I’m engaged with the world.

On the haters:

The Internet rewards obsession. In any form of public life, there will always be some people who love you too much and some people who hate you too much. The key is accepting that none of it is real.

Chuck Klosterman Named New York Times Magazine Ethicist [Update]

Well how’s this for a splash: The New York Times Magazine has named Chuck Klosterman its new Ethicist. The Atlantic Wire reports that Klosterman confirmed the news via email, writing, “This is a job I’ve wanted for 10 years. I don’t claim to be more ethical than anyone else, or even more ethical than the average person. But I love thinking about these types of problems, and I’ll try to be interesting. We’ll see what happens.”

Klosterman will succeed Ariel Kaminer, who moved to the paper’s Metro desk in late April.

A new Twitter account Klosterman specifically set up for the new gig can be found here.

As big Klosterman fans, we’re very excited about this.

Here is his first column.

Duke Denies Grantland Credentials to Rivalry Game With UNC

You’d think with names like Bill Simmons, Charles Pierce and Chuck Klosterman on its roster, plus the backing of ESPN, Grantland wouldn’t have any trouble getting its reporters credentialed to big events. You’d be wrong. Grantland writer Shane Ryan will not be allowed access to the big Duke/North Carolina basketball game this weekend, despite the pleas of his editor.

“The request was for a credential for one of their bloggers rather than one of their feature writers such as Bill Simmons,” Duke’s associate sports information director Matt Plizga told Poynter.

That decision did not go over too well with Simmons.

Chuck Klosterman Interviews Crime Author

In light of the Casey Anthony verdict yesterday, we thought we’d point you to this fantastic interview Chuck Klosterman did with author (and baseball statistician legend) Bill James. James has just finished writing a book – Popular Crime: Reflections on the Celebration of Violence – that explores every aspect of crime and the way it’s covered in the media.

The entire interview is well worth a read, but below are some choice quotes from James.

On why crime stories (like the Anthony trial) capture the public’s attention:

Crimes stories are universally interesting. They reveal a side of people that we’d not otherwise talk about. Crime stories show us the part of people’s lives they try to keep hidden.

On if the capacity to murder someone is present within all of us:

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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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Bill Simmons’ Grantland Launches, Replete With Obnoxious Subway Ads

Unlike many around the Interwebz, we’re not Bill Simmons haters. We read every column, think he’s entertaining and we too enjoy the Real World/Road Rules Challenge from time to time. So we were excited for today’s launch of Grantland, Simmons’ new sports/pop culture site which has attracted the writing talents of some serious heavy hitters, including Malcolm Gladwell, Chuck Klosterman and Dave Eggers. And we still are excited. Today’s debut has original pieces by Simmons, Klosterman and New York Times writer Jonathan Abrams among others.

But, forgetting content for a moment, at first glance there’s something that needs addressing: the ridiculously tacky ads. Simmons and his podcast have a longstanding relationship with Subway. Still, we were a little surprised to see a small banner at the top corner noting that the site is “presented by Subway” (it also seems to alternatively be “presented by Klondike”). For a site that aspires to the greatness of Spy, that’s pretty shameless. The LA Times took flack for putting ads on its front page. What if the whole operation was sponsored by AEG? Wouldn’t look so good, right?

We get that in order to bring writers like Gladwell aboard you have to pay the bills. But come on. This was supposed to be Simmons’ edgy realm, unbound by the constraints of his more commercial ESPN ventures.

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