Flattery Will Get You Everywhere

I woke up this morning to a delightful surprise: Johns Hopkins Magazine Associate Editor and all-around editorial guru Dale Keiger highlighted my recent Texas magazine cover story (“The Fall and Rise of Matt Miller”) on his UMagazinology blog. It was a thrill to write Matt’s story, but it was also a huge challenge, so I’m honored by Dale’s kind words.

As much as I love reading praise of my own work, I spent some time exploring the other stories Dale calls attention to on his blog. My favorite find among the many gems was a piece by former Major Leaguer Doug Glanville for the Pennsylvania Gazette. The story chronicles Glanville’s attempts to find concentration as a hitter by “going blank” in his thinking. It also winds its way into his personal life and identity in a very moving way. Well worth your time, especially if you’re a baseball fan.

I first encountered Glanville’s writing last year in a New York Times op-ed he did about former NFL star Steve McNair’s tragic death. Without glossing over McNair’s mistakes or sounding like an ungrateful multimillionaire, Glanville offered insight into the struggles of a retired athlete. I’ve been a sports fan my entire life, but he raised questions and issues that had never crossed my mind, and he did so with unexpected grace and intelligence. Glanville makes me proud to be a fan of both baseball and journalism.
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