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Wright Thompson knocks one deep

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by JayFarrar, Dec 19, 2009.

  1. JayFarrar

    JayFarrar Well-Known Member

    This is simply amazing.


    Exceent work from Thompson...
  2. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    Gee, that never read like 6,500 plodding, overwritten words

    YGBFKM Guest

    You're just jealous, slappy.
  4. TheSportsPredictor

    TheSportsPredictor Well-Known Member

    Doesn't this belong in the Wright Thompson forum?
  5. stickkeys108

    stickkeys108 New Member

    Wright's a Mississippi guy, originally from Clarksdale, MS. He came and spoke at Ole Miss last school year during "Journalism Week" and I got the opportunity to listen to him for the hour and 15 minutes. It turned into a big story telling. It was awesome.

    I don't even think he attended Ole Miss. Someone here probably knows.
  6. Wonderlic

    Wonderlic Member

    Agreed. Thompson is a tremendous writer and there were some great, vivid parts in that story, but I had to fight my way through that piece. He's done much better. MUCH better.
  7. doubledown68

    doubledown68 Active Member

    Nope. Mizzou.
  8. STLIrish

    STLIrish Active Member

    Could have been a touch shorter (I wonder if writing primarily for the web erodes one's discipline on length just a little bit...). But, still, a hell of a story. One of the handful of best magazine stories I've read this year. Also, I'm pretty impressed that he's basically been working it for six years, across two jobs.

    EDIT: Whoops. I just realized this thread wasn't on Wright's story about Sweet Jimmy Robinson. Rare to see two stories by him in the same week. So I was confused. Haven't read this yet, but Sweet Jimmy was top notch.
  9. Steak Snabler

    Steak Snabler Well-Known Member

    He does live in Oxford these days, though. His dad used to be a big wheel in Democratic politics, serving as state finance chairman for several president campaigns.
  10. doubledown68

    doubledown68 Active Member

    I knew he was in Oxford, or down that way. Our paths crossed at Mizzou for a year or two, and I ran into him at the Ole Miss-Mizzou game in '07.

    I enjoyed the read on New Orleans, especially the arc of the story. The comparison with Dallas at the end was some inspired stuff.
  11. Football_Bat

    Football_Bat Well-Known Member

    Like others, my only complaint is the length. (That's what she said.)
  12. Drip

    Drip Active Member

    Wright obviously uses his knowledge of New Orleans from his days at the Times-Picayune to do an excellent job for ESPN.com, where he is a senior writer. If you pay your dues and work hard, maybe you too may some day crank out something like this.
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