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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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Beyonce Writes Cover Story for Essence

If you ask FishbowlNY, there are certain people who can do no wrong. A few people from that list: Jerry Seinfeld, Patrick Ewing, Nas, Chuck Klosterman and Beyonce.

There are others, but here’s some news about the multitalented Beyonce: She wrote the cover feature for the July issue of Essence.

In the piece, titled “Eat, Play, Love,” Beyonce discusses how giving herself a break ended up helping her creatively:

Yes, I needed some relaxation, but I wanted inspiration too, from regular everyday things. They did not have to be over-the-top productions. I was looking for tiny moments that would speak to my heart and make me smile.

If you’re like us and can’t get enough of her, check out Essence for the full piece. It hits newsstands on the 12th.

Bill Simmons’ New Site Grantland Coming Into Shape

More details are coming out about ESPN blogger Bill Simmons‘ new sports/pop culture online startup. Yesterday, ESPN announced the site will be called Grantland.com, named after the famous sportswriter Grantland Rice. Grantland will make its debut in June and has already signed up a roster of heavy hitters. Chuck Klosterman has been on board from the start, but now it appears both David Eggers and Malcolm Gladwell have signed up to be contributing editors. Former Vulture.com editor Lane Brown is also on staff as the site’s new deputy editor while former GQ editor Dan Fierman will be leader editor under Simmons.

Not a bad lineup. Especially all the print heavyweights who are apparently willing to have their work appear online only.

Details Emerge on Bill Simmons’ Website

Love him or hate him, Bill Simmons is a name writers know. And now that he is launching his own website – called Grantland – he’s going to be even more prevalent than ever before. Before going further, if you’re a hater, we suggest you stop reading now. The all-star lineup of writers he has assembled is only going to make you hate him even more.

According to ESPN, Grantland – named after Grantland Rice, a legend in the sports journalism world – will not only house all of Simmons’ columns and podcasts, but also a slew of columns, blogs and long-form features from contributors.

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ESPN’s Bill Simmons to Launch His Own Site

ESPN’s star blogger Bill Simmons is finally going solo…Well, not exactly. He recently re-upped with ESPN and will be writing for them for the foreseeable future. But Simmons is launching his own site, backed by ESPN but not under the ESPN banner.

“This is something that was really important to me when my contract was up at the end of last year,” Simmons told the Sports Business Journal. “It’s going to have a bunch of quality writers. And it’s going to have the flexibility to have a lot of people come in and write one time a year or a couple of times a year, whatever. I’m hoping that we’re going to have enough quality people coming out of the gate that other people are also going to want to write for it.”

Simmons says he’s already signed up two writers in Chuck Klosterman and Katie Baker. He expects to have a fulltime staff of between 8 to 12 writers. Simmons gave no time frame for the site’s launch.

Lane Brown Departs New York

Lane Brown just announced via Twitter that he’s leaving his position at New York and Vulture for the yet to be named Bill Simmons venture.¬†Brown is going to be the editor of the site’s pop culture section, which given his background, is a perfect fit.

Simmons is really adding some talent to this project – Chuck Klosterman will be writing there and¬†Katie Baker joined on Wednesday – so we’re wondering what the site is going to be. Whatever happens, we’re sure people will either love it or hate it, because that’s just how it works with The Sports Guy.

Jonathan Ames Drinks Absinthe, Does Coke With Marilyn Manson

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Getting spun for Spin

Is Jonathan Ames following in Chuck Klosterman‘s Chuck All-Stars? The latest Spin magazine features a cover story by Ames on Marilyn Manson, the controversial Goth-rocker who appeared to be enamored with the New York-based humorist and writer.

Since the entire article isn’t online, here’s a handy guide to what we learned about Ames and Manson:

  • Manson has a live-in assistant/butler named Arvin.
  • Arvin keeps the absinthe flowing.
  • A German distillery is developing a Manson-branded absinthe: Mansinthe?
  • Manson’s mansion is as creepy and weird as you’d imagine.

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FBLA 20 Questions: April Winchell

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April Winchell, writer, radio personality, and the funniest person we know, took time out from her busy day to answer the FBLA 20 Questions:

1. What newspapers do you read?
Whatever’s laying around at the Methadone clinic.

2. Which ones do you move your lips while reading?
My father taught me never to move my lips.

3. Which Web sites are on your favorites bookmark?
FBLA, etsy, Gawker, Defamer, YouTube, Goldenfiddle, Everlastingblort, WWTTD

Also this one:
I can’t believe they make this product in this scent, and I have to look at it almost every day. Seriously, am I washing it or marinating it? I bet this is what Padma Lakshmi uses.

4. Where do you get your car washed?
Oh that’s funny. Sometimes I scrape the bird shit off my windshield with a key, but that’s about it.

5. Do you know your dentist’s first name? Doctor.

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