Grantland Quarterly: Vol 1

Grantland Quarterly Vol Grantland Quarterly is a collaboration between McSweeney s and Bill Simmons s new web magazine Grantland It will feature the best sports writing from the website delivered in a full color book featur

  • Title: Grantland Quarterly: Vol 1
  • Author: Bill Simmons Dan Fierman
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 311
  • Format: None
  • Grantland Quarterly is a collaboration between McSweeney s and Bill Simmons s new web magazine Grantland It will feature the best sports writing from the website, delivered in a full color book featuring original artwork and a host of print exclusives including original fiction, new writing from editor in chief Bill Simmons, posters and pull out sections, old school basebGrantland Quarterly is a collaboration between McSweeney s and Bill Simmons s new web magazine Grantland It will feature the best sports writing from the website, delivered in a full color book featuring original artwork and a host of print exclusives including original fiction, new writing from editor in chief Bill Simmons, posters and pull out sections, old school baseball cards and mini booklets, and a cover that looks and feels like you re holding a basketball Like its namesake website, Grantland Quarterly will regularly include some of the most exciting and form pushing sports writers currently plying the trade, including Chuck Klosterman, Malcolm Gladwell, Tom Bissell, Harris Wittels, John Brandon, Anna Clark, Chris Jones, Colson Whitehead, and many .

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    1. My esteemed writing partner gave me this collection for the birthday. First off: if you're a sports fan and you're not already reading the Grantland website, you should be. It's great. Fantastic pieces on every sport under the sun (plus the occasional piece on Hollywood, the New York Times, music, etc.) by great writers like Bill Simmons, Malcolm Gladwell, and Chuck Klosterman.This is a collection of what the editorial staff deemed the best pieces of their first quarter year in existence.Some of [...]

    2. This collection is slightly better than Vol.3 but still not as great as Vol.2. The bad; there are two overly hagiographic pieces near the beginning, one about a father(sorry), and the other is aptly titled "A Man Of God", by Chris Jones. I think Chris Jones might actually believe racing legend Ayrton Senna was sent to Earth from Heaven to entertain us and inevitably make us cry when he dies in a car crash. Everything about this piece is gratuitous, and is a disservice to Senna, and those that lo [...]

    3. Just finished this one, and I think it convinced me to subscribe to the quarterly for the next year. Most of the readings are pretty evergreen even though they are taken from a sports and pop culture site.At least the authors take risks with their writing and the mastermind behind it all (Sports Guy) is ambitious with his scope. I could have done without the insert about the National which acts as a built in justification for it being ok if Grantland bombs. Less because of the work itself (it wa [...]

    4. This is a collection of pieces from Grantland, so if you're looking for material you wouldn't find on the site, you're out of luck. That being said, what you will find is a collection of some of their better pieces and some beautiful, beautiful design work. The cover of the book looks like a basketball. At first, I was like "This will be lame," but holding it in my hands, I have to say, it's a real pleasure of an object.My favorite pieces from this:* Colson Whitehead's "Occasional Dispatches fro [...]

    5. Like the ESPN-hosted site from which the vast majority of its content is pulled, Grantland Quarterly Vol 1 is largely (if not always) successful — and your ability to enjoy its contents depends largely on your interest in the subject matter at hand. Overall, the writing is fluent and enjoyable, and in some cases strong enough to engage you in something you otherwise might not have explored (for me, that would be the very fun piece about cricket in India). The best articles, which include an or [...]

    6. So you might be asking why I would pay $20 for a book whose content is available for free online, and on top of that give it a five star rating. Well, cognitive dissonance is a wonderful thing.But:1.)Grantland puts out a TON of articles each day. If for whatever reason I don't get to the site for a few days I can easily miss a great article and never come across it. This quarterly publication collects the best of Grantland and though I remembered reading many of the articles within, there were q [...]

    7. Unless the conversation is about American League baseball, 1987 - 93, I'm hopeless when it comes to sports conversation. I can maybe name ten NFL players only because of my combined knowledge of Dorito/DirecTV/Pepsi commercials and the one pack of '87 Topps football cards I bought on accident when I was seven. I feel like since I haven't been a fan for so long that starting now would only seem phony. This is also the way I feel about Twitter. Grantland didn't/doesn't talk down to me, as so many [...]

    8. I have never been a sports fan. I don't even watch the Super Bowl for the commercials. I'm lucky if I realize that the World Series is actually happening or if the basketball strike is still going. And I couldn't even tell you what The Decision was until I read the article in Grantland.So why did I read this? (And why am I so glad that I did read it?)I trust the McSweeney's credentials. I know I'll find strong writing and great design [what a cover!]. And it will be interesting even if it isn't [...]

    9. 1st edition of the Grantland Quarterly Journal with selected pieces from Grantland's first few months during the Summer of 2011. For fans of the site, Bill Simmons, and 30 for 30, this needs no introduction.Writing covers sports, pop culture, and associated features, along with nice illustrations available only in the Quarterly book, and a cover that resembles and feels like a basketball.Better pieces include:Chuck Klosterman - Div III college basektball in North DakotaAnna Clark - Ty Cobb as De [...]

    10. Bonus points for the physical design of the book - beautifully laid out, great illustrations. This is a collection of pieces that have already been on the Grantland website, with only a sprinkling of new material, but they did a good job of selecting the best writing from the first ~6 months of the website, so it doesn't feel like there's a lot of filler.

    11. The only other subscription I anticipated as much as this is for the other McSweeeney publication "Lucky Peach" (for the foodiesvol. 4 coming soon!)I don't have time to visit the website everyday, this gives me the best of all it has to offer in one spot. Up to Volume 2 so far. Must read for any sportswriting fans.

    12. The best writing from my favorite website superbly designed and thoughtfully curated = an absurdly enjoyable bathroom or road trip or bedside book. If you like writing or sports or movies or music or art or quality things made by human beings, you should buy it.

    13. More great writing from Grantland - though of course some of it was just joyful rereading. But the book presentation really does add to the columns. Can't wait for #2!

    14. A wide ranging collection of essays from Grantland. You will enjoy most of it, but with most anthologies, you are not going to enjoy every single piece.

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