This summer, I’ve taken a hard look at every available digital-media platform and how I engage with it. I’ll be launching all kinds of new content ventures in a bid to see where people like me and where people don’t. I’ve got a couple of upcoming debut bylines I’m really excited about, and I’d love for those pieces to be seen and shared.
So besides my weekly ruminations on media, sports, politics, tech, beer or whatever’s itching its way out of my fingers, I’ll also be linking to cool stuff I’m doing everywhere else online. Inspired by my friend Aidan Moher’s Astrolabe
, I’ll also be including behind-the-scenes bits on some of that work - complete interviews that were only quoted in the finished work, the research that inspired the charts and graphs, and all kinds of other bonus content. There’ll also be wholly original, newsletter-only stuff like reviews of shows, games, and books (There’s an ARC heading my way right now that’s going to touch all
the bases, I’m sure of it).
Of course, I’ll also be offering personal recommendations on posts, pods, and VODs that delighted or inspired me in the previous week. Kinda like this:
Having been half-raised in Evangelical culture, I know well that a factual retelling of the origins and history of the movement would be the very last thing they’d want to read. This does everything a review should: Gets to the heart of the work, adds a layer of opinion and evaluation, and leaves you wanting to experience the work for yourself. My journey away from that culture and back to Christianity shares similarities with Jennifer’s, and her The Dirtbag Christian newsletter
is a great place for more insightful soul-baring on matters of the soul.
Almost a quarter of a million words and Lord knows how many hours later, Football Perspective’s Bryan Frye has compiled a list of the 1,000 best players in pro football history. It represents what he described
as “a pretty well-reasoned and informed opinion,” and going through his arguments and methodologies it’s quite
well-reasoned and informed. I also fully endorse his choice for No. 1.
Smart, funny conversation on all kind of culture and topics, and the most recent episode’s discussion around Juvenile’s ‘Vax That Thang Up’
laid me out. Panelist John Brown II
is a fellow soccer guy, stringed-instrument enthusiast, creative, and Michigander.