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Great read: New Yorker piece on Kip Litton

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Dick Whitman, Aug 2, 2012.

  1. Dick Whitman

    Dick Whitman Well-Known Member

    Unfortunately behind a paywall, but it's a remarkable piece of narrative sports journalism:

    http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2012/08/06/120806fa_fact_singer

    The basics are that this Michigan dentist has, allegedly, been going around the country cheating in marathons. Allegedly, he's gone as far as to invent races and make Web sites for them, with fake results from fake runners. It's all very elaborate.

    He's a University of Michigan graduate, so I had to chuckle a little bit at the fake race director's name he allegedly made up: Richard Rodriguez.

    Anyway, well worth your time to read. And a great example of a piece where the writer does eventually inject himself into the story and it works. Reminds me a little bit of the Wayne Drehs piece on Steve Bartman in its structure.
     
  2. YGBFKM

    YGBFKM Guest

    Is that a real name? Kip Litton? He should have made up a better name for himself.
     
  3. Tarheel316

    Tarheel316 Well-Known Member

    I read the story. Talk about bizarre.
     
  4. Dick Whitman

    Dick Whitman Well-Known Member

    The good dentist has company:

    http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2012/08/31/paul_ryan_s_marathon_history_runners_world_wonders_aloud_whether_the_vp_candidate_was_as_fast_as_he_claims_.html

    It blows my mind that someone in a position like Ryan would just blatantly lie about his marathon finishing time. Something easily verifiable like that. Just dumb-founding.
     
  5. Azrael

    Azrael Active Member

    And the NYer unlocked Mark's story.

    www.newyorker.com/reporting/2012/08/06/120806fa_fact_singer
     
  6. YankeeFan

    YankeeFan Well-Known Member

    To create a better narrative, Ryan created a composite marathon, and compressed the timeline.
     
  7. BillyT

    BillyT Active Member

    Thank you.

    That's a fascinating, well-written story. that I never would have seen otherwise.
     
  8. imjustagirl

    imjustagirl Active Member

    I've found a new message board through that article!!
     
  9. Dick Whitman

    Dick Whitman Well-Known Member

    The far better comparison is Bill Richardson, phantom draft pick of the Kansas City A's.

    But your larger point stands: Why, at least in the cases of Richardson and Obama and Rubio, does the D.C. press corps fall asleep at the wheel when it comes to the public narrative/mythology these guys construct for themselves? It seems like the first time someone runs for city fucking council, someone should be checking out every line of his or her resume. Might not get you a prime seat at the bar at the next D.C. cocktail party, but it seems like a pretty elementary obligation of a political journalist.
     
  10. Amy

    Amy Well-Known Member

    I save up my New Yorkers for airplane reading and read that article week before last on my way to Montgomery, Alabama. Loved it. I even saved it and have it sitting on my desk.
     
  11. playthrough

    playthrough Moderator Staff Member

    I saved my New Yorkers with the same idea in mind until realizing that I could fly around the world six times and probably not get through the stack. Had to let the subscription go.
     
  12. JPsT

    JPsT Member

    This, though I'm subscribed through Next Issue. Heard a guest on NPR this week remark that he was a few weeks behind on his New Yorkers, which prompted one of the other panelists to ask, "Who isn't?"

    I do the same thing with Wright Thompson pieces. I want to have time to read the whole thing, savor it, make sure I'm in the right mindset and I end up reading everything he writes four months after publication.
     
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