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Editor of Best American Sports Writing of 2018 Will Be...

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Michael_ Gee, Mar 1, 2019.

  1. CD Boogie

    CD Boogie Well-Known Member

    They should ask Bill Simmons, which would really piss him off because he's never been in it.

    I do like the idea of Joyce Carol Oates or some other novelist who is an avowed sports fan. Stephen King? I know, he's everywhere, but so is Joyce Carol Oates.

    At any rate, picking someone who didn't get their start in sports writing (which, I believe, would include Richard Ford, despite the name of his novel) would lead to inspired choices.
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  2. playthrough

    playthrough Moderator Staff Member

    I've got pretty much all the BASW books (more out of habit than anything) and I'll admit I've never thought of the lack of female guest editors. But now that it's been mentioned, it bugs the heck out of me. Sally Jenkins is a no-brainer.
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  3. Azrael

    Azrael Well-Known Member

    Much more than a fan, Oates has written a great deal on boxing over the years.

    So has Katherine Dunn, a terrific if underrated novelist.
  4. BitterYoungMatador2

    BitterYoungMatador2 Well-Known Member

    I don't need a Best of Boston Sports Writing. Nor does anyone else.
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  5. CD Boogie

    CD Boogie Well-Known Member

    Bitter ^^^^
  6. DanOregon

    DanOregon Well-Known Member

    If you look at the list - I'd say almost a third have ties to the Boston area already.
  7. Dog8Cats

    Dog8Cats Active Member

    So had Katherine Dunn, a terrific if underrated novelist who died in 2016.
  8. Azrael

    Azrael Well-Known Member

    That's right. Damn.

    I think I even knew that and forgot. Thanks for the reminder.

    Most famous for the novel "Geek Love," her boxing collection "One Ring Circus" is worth reading.


    I got to thinking about this a little. There are authors I'll always think of as young. Usually based, I guess, on the date of their breakthrough book. Katherine Dunn was one of these. She published "Geek Love" in her mid-40s, and that was how I always thought of her. She was 70 when she died. Jayne Anne Phillips is always the precocious mid-20s author of "Black Tickets." She's 66.

    Annie Proulx, 83, is forever in her late 40s. Same for Annie Dillard.

    Jonathan Safran Foer will probably be 25 for the rest of my life.
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  9. TigerVols

    TigerVols Well-Known Member

    David Foster Wallace will remain 46.
  10. BitterYoungMatador2

    BitterYoungMatador2 Well-Known Member


    Amazon just sent me an email today that I can preorder this. It’s scheduled to come out in October.
  11. Songbird

    Songbird Well-Known Member

    This last one should be The Best of The Best of The Best American Sports Writing ... best story from each of the previous 29 books in descending order that ends with The Best American Sports Written Story of the last 30 years. And what a fitting -30- that'd be.

    Or, just fill this with a bunch of stories about University of Wyoming football ...

    Glenn Stoutto The Best American Sports Writing

    21 mins ·
    The deadline for The Best American Sports Writing 2020, for work that appeared in 2019, to be guest edited by Jackie MacMullan has passed. Due to deadlines, work not submitted in a timely fashion may not be considered, although I generally lift the wire for not-too-late arrivals. The book will appear in October 2020.

    Regrettably, after thirty years, the publisher has decided that The Best American Sports Writing 2020 will be the last in this series. I do have some ideas on how a similar series might continue, and may explore those options with other publishers. In the meantime, please do not send me any work for consideration, or extend any complimentary subscriptions.

    As series editor of The Best American Sports Writing since its inception in 1991, it was always been my responsibility to read as many stories as possible and forward approximately seventy-five stories to the guest editor, who then selects the best twenty-five stories or so to appear in each volume, and is welcome to include stories not submitted by series editor. How did I select those 75 stories? I simply picked those stories that, after reading them once, I wanted to read again. An imperfect process, but one I took seriously

    I'll write more about all this in my foreword to the upcoming edition. Until then, thanks for being a writer, and for reading. It was always your book.

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  12. SixToe

    SixToe Well-Known Member

    Dammit. That sucks that it's going away.
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