Something a little different today to start. We talked about the business of writing, specifically Esquire’s decision to experiment with asking readers to pay for a feature rather than giving it away for free.
“The Prophet” by Luke Dittrich and the fact that Esquire was charging for it
Scott has been at Esquire since 1997
How do you delineate between what’s worth charging for?
Tom Junod’s three movie star cover story series with Matt Damon, and Leonardo DiCaprio
My Rolling Stone subscription and my wall of covers
Nate Jackson’s book called “Slow Getting Up” about the NFL
Nate Jackson’s take on Eric Mangini and his reign in Cleveland
Willie McGinest and what he would say about Eric Mangini and Romeo Crennel and Bill Belichick
Andrew Bynum and the tone of the coverage
How can you criticize the Bynum move without the alternative?
The Jimmy Haslam story and the continuing coverage
The Aaron Hernandez picture taken down in the Pro Football HOF
The World Trade Center and the fetishization of tragedy
The Indians heading into the all-star break
Danny Salazar and his performance in his debut
The four foul ball guy and the one in a trillion odds
If a guy can catch four foul balls maybe we can all see a championship