The past few weeks have seen a lot of controversy around this word. It’s been growing for awhile, but some fuel got poured on the proverbial dumpster fire when IMPORTANT sports/culture site Grantland got lambasted for mishandling a story. (Part of that is because of a controversial topic, but I’m not here to talk about that–I want to think about the form itself).
Michael Hastings was a 30-something journalist who broke a few big stories, including one about General Stanley McChrystal that caused him to turn in his resignation. Hastings kept going after big stories, the kinds about war and possible government conspiracies, but he tragically died this past year in a car crash.
New York Mag does a phenomenal job on his life and times and it got me thinking about the attitudes of writers.