also i think i've picked up a lot of purposeful non-investment in the tone of their music writing, which again is prob not "important" but kinda gets at me
― J0rdan S., Friday, 27 April 2012 16:20 (four years ago) Permalink
long thread but important
bill simmons IS bill simmons IN the book of BASKETBALL
― am0n, Friday, 27 April 2012 16:25 (four years ago) Permalink
also here's his sports version of "adele_plump_female_musicians_sex.php"
― am0n, Friday, 27 April 2012 16:29 (four years ago) Permalink
also also worst thread title ban NYCNative
― am0n, Friday, 27 April 2012 16:31 (four years ago) Permalink
Charles P. Pierce's articles are good (because he's a good writer who hopefully is getting paid wheelbarrows of cash by ESPN to slum)Jonah Keri's 'The 30' weekly baseball round-up is also good
you could set the rest of the blog on fire, the wonder and amazement they have at the audacity of covering omg reality tv is fucking horrible
― Kiarostami bag (milo z), Friday, 27 April 2012 18:03 (four years ago) Permalink
oh also barnwell on football is solid
― J0rdan S., Friday, 27 April 2012 18:05 (four years ago) Permalink
Simmons idolizing Malcolm Gladwell probably tells the uninitiated everything they need to know.
― Kiarostami bag (milo z), Friday, 27 April 2012 18:08 (four years ago) Permalink
pretty much agree with the general consensus on this thread that the pop culture stuff is mostly bad, but the sports writing has occasional gems. i really liked colson whitehead on the poker tournament, and i enjoy the wrestling pieces though admittedly i know nothing at all about wrestling.
― congratulations (n/a), Friday, 27 April 2012 18:12 (four years ago) Permalink
pretty much off topic except that it's sports writing, but i read this recently and it is pretty much the best piece of non-fiction i've ever read about poker:http://www.amazon.com/Positively-Fifth-Street-Murderers-Cheetahs/dp/0374236488
i highly recommend
― Mordy, Friday, 27 April 2012 18:20 (four years ago) Permalink
yeah that's considered a classic. i think i have it at my parents house somewhere
― dharunravir (k3vin k.), Friday, 27 April 2012 18:22 (four years ago) Permalink
also it sorta seems like aside from tv recaps they're aiming for "you're a 45 year old trying to retain coolness, here's all the stuff you missed today that other people have been flogging for the last six hours"
Somehow this description of it made me realize I am OK with being in Grantland's target demo. And realizing that me passive-aggressively saying I'm OK with that means I've been there for years already.
― jungleous butterflies strange birds (Eric H.), Friday, 27 April 2012 18:23 (four years ago) Permalink
I guess I didn't really know this was Jonah Keri's outlet now.
― World Congress of Itch (Dr Morbius), Friday, 27 April 2012 18:26 (four years ago) Permalink
Grantland is brimming with NBA playoff excitement. You may have already noticed.
― you can expect punches, kicks and even worse (frogbs), Friday, 27 April 2012 21:00 (four years ago) Permalink
this is the only thing i've seen on grantland worth reading
― am0n, Friday, 27 April 2012 21:05 (four years ago) Permalink
Grantland is great for me because it allows me to a) catch up with cable shows that I can't be bothered downloading but get bought up in polite conversation amongst hipster circles in my part of the world and b) sometimes read some non-retarded writing about North American sport.
― Clive "The Chip" Crinkly (King Boy Pato), Friday, 27 April 2012 23:05 (four years ago) Permalink
all of their articles are too long
― polyphonic, Friday, 27 April 2012 23:25 (four years ago) Permalink
this is one of the best non-specialist pieces abt stan lee i've ever read:
― pat rice memorial barbecue (Ward Fowler), Friday, 11 May 2012 13:52 (four years ago) Permalink
the Greg Oden piece is really good and IMO exactly the sort of thing this site *should* be doing
― frogbs, Friday, 11 May 2012 13:59 (four years ago) Permalink
I like this site, even though I find Simmons really annoying, unless he is talking about any team in the NBA except the Celtics.
Charles Pierce is excellent.
― One Way Ticket on the 1277 Express (Bill Magill), Friday, 11 May 2012 14:14 (four years ago) Permalink
imo the site has like a 40/60 hit/miss ratio which really isn't all that bad. i do think they've assembled a pretty good stable of writers. the pop culture stuff seems to be kinda bland but it's not offensive which is probably half the battle.
― call all destroyer, Friday, 11 May 2012 14:15 (four years ago) Permalink
They are at least trying to be relatively intelligent. Most of ESPN content, on all of its platforms, is written/produced by morons, for morons, so to see at least an attempt at being smart is somewhat refreshing.
― One Way Ticket on the 1277 Express (Bill Magill), Friday, 11 May 2012 14:18 (four years ago) Permalink
it's certainly better than it was! the character pieces are definitely good, especially the Amarillo Slim one
― frogbs, Friday, 11 May 2012 14:19 (four years ago) Permalink
i really wish this wasn't the kind of thing molly lambert wrote for grantland:
― Mordy, Thursday, 4 October 2012 21:15 (four years ago) Permalink
What is an example of something she has written that isn't a complete waste of time.
― pun lovin criminal (polyphonic), Thursday, 4 October 2012 21:34 (four years ago) Permalink
i like her stuff from thisrecording.com:
― Mordy, Thursday, 4 October 2012 21:53 (four years ago) Permalink
would much rather read about sweet celeb gossip than some stupid bullshit about telephone poles
― turds (Hungry4Ass), Thursday, 4 October 2012 22:02 (four years ago) Permalink
― turds (Hungry4Ass), Thursday, 4 October 2012 22:04 (four years ago) Permalink
i find the celeb gossip stuff really boring and i don't even get that she's doing anything interesting w/ it? idk, celeb gossip is maybe a cultural blind spot for me and maybe there are grantland readers that are like, "thank god molly lambert is finally breaking down gossip in a compelling + vital way, this was much more important than when she was writing critical theory about gender identity." seems like a waste to me.
― Mordy, Thursday, 4 October 2012 22:14 (four years ago) Permalink
mordy totally otm grantland wastes the great molly lambert :(
― horseshoe, Friday, 5 October 2012 01:59 (four years ago) Permalink
i like gossip a lot but i don't get that feature
all the hyperlinks in her thisrecording pieces drive me up the wall, because im incapable of preventing myself from hovering each one and evaluating if its worth opening in a new tab. i hate it!!!
― turds (Hungry4Ass), Friday, 5 October 2012 02:13 (four years ago) Permalink
haha. i still read grantland, i like that there's a writer powerful and popular enough that a mega corporation would give him an entire website and staff just to keep him happy. as far as simmons toys go it's no 30 for 30 but i do appreciate that it does have some interest in longform stuff, that it's clearly guided by someone who's interested in some idea of 'good writing' as opposed to standard seo stuff. nobody w/ any familiarity w/ simmons can be surprised by the gap between it's sports coverage vs it's pop culture coverage - model for sports coverage is the national and golden age si, model for pop coverage is vulture. he's a guy who's seen almost famous a million times (and will let you know) but has little to no interest in actually reading lester bangs. feel like stuff like the lambert tabloid thing is simmons pandering to some idea of what he imagines his wife wants to read or providing cover for his sorta odd interest in stuff like reality tv, celeb gossip, etc.
― balls, Friday, 5 October 2012 02:30 (four years ago) Permalink
yeah that feels about right
― call all destroyer, Friday, 5 October 2012 02:31 (four years ago) Permalink
grantland is a blackhole
― lag∞n, Friday, 5 October 2012 02:33 (four years ago) Permalink
at the beginning of grantland she wrote more sustained celeb gossip type pieces, like a "normal" version of her stuff for thisrecording. i remember liking the one about jennifer aniston. i just don't get the almost-copying-pages-of-us-weekly-verbatim new-style lambert columns. they're unreadable!
― horseshoe, Friday, 5 October 2012 02:36 (four years ago) Permalink
yah they're pretty useless
― call all destroyer, Friday, 5 October 2012 02:38 (four years ago) Permalink
she doesnt tweet v much anymore either
― lag∞n, Friday, 5 October 2012 02:38 (four years ago) Permalink
i miss you, molly!
― horseshoe, Friday, 5 October 2012 02:40 (four years ago) Permalink
maybe she's working on a book? i hope so!
― horseshoe, Friday, 5 October 2012 02:41 (four years ago) Permalink
i would even read a whole book about goddamn mad men that she's so obsessed with.
― horseshoe, Friday, 5 October 2012 02:42 (four years ago) Permalink
i would read that book
― call all destroyer, Friday, 5 October 2012 02:42 (four years ago) Permalink
they have both a good baseball writer (Jonah Keri) and a good football one (Bill Barnwell), plus every once in a while there's a neat podcast (like the Obama one), it's not exactly a great website but I kinda dig it now
― frogbs, Friday, 5 October 2012 02:43 (four years ago) Permalink
okay they got Norm MacDonald writing for them now, I'm officially a fan
We were trying to come up with New Year’s resolutions. Adam, sober now for over a year but nonetheless still somewhat interesting, said, “Hey, do New Year’s resolutions always have to be good for you?” The thought had never occurred to me. It’d be a helluva lot easier to stick with a New Year's resolution if your resolution was to become a big fat guy, right?
― frogbs, Tuesday, 8 January 2013 16:42 (three years ago) Permalink
The physical Grantland books themselves are beautiful.
― sandwich shortage (Eazy), Tuesday, 8 January 2013 16:46 (three years ago) Permalink
― Mordy, Thursday, 31 January 2013 19:58 (three years ago) Permalink
the Grantland 64 song best of the millenium thus far bracket is.....kinda depressing? maybe of sociological interest?
Tenative conclusions: white guys from 35-45 are overinvested in thinking Jay and Kanye are still in their prime.....
8 remaining songs look to be:
Rolling, Maybe, Paris, Empire, Paper, Ignition, Yeah!, Hey Ya!
― Swag Heathen (theStalePrince), Monday, 26 August 2013 19:03 (three years ago) Permalink
kanye is still in his prime
― Treeship, Monday, 26 August 2013 19:05 (three years ago) Permalink
i voted paper but brightside seems to be winning atm
― Mordy , Monday, 26 August 2013 19:06 (three years ago) Permalink
thought it was pretty funny how they just c+p'ed p4k's best of the decade list
― k3vin k., Tuesday, 27 August 2013 05:52 (three years ago) Permalink
― Treeship, Monday, August 26, 2013 12:05 PM (10 hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink
Yeah in the same way that Kobe is.
― I’m pissed off for greatness (Spottie_Ottie_Dope), Tuesday, 27 August 2013 06:00 (three years ago) Permalink
fdb is terrible and stupid as usual, his commentary revealing his own anxieties more than any actual truths
But there’s also a profound distrust of any art that’s cast as stuffy, or elitist. Opera, ballet and experimental theater are all routinely derided for their supposed elitism, even as they struggle to merely survive in a brutal financial landscape for the arts.
yes those roving bands on miscreants laughing about opera and ballet heavens.
Not Merzbow, but Chvrches. Not The Paris Review, but The Atlantic.
who will speak for the paris review i ask you, who who.
I’ve found his work difficult to enjoy, for a simple reason: essentially everything he writes is written against some other opinion or attitude.
physician, heal thy etc
Grantland writers looked out from the very center of trendy, hip, knowing opinion and spoke as if they were speaking from the margins.
did i just say "physician" already? crap
In the era of the Internet, our opinions often feel like what we are, like we have no self aside from our opinions. And what better way to define a self than by contrasting it with all the selves it’s not?
yep, more of the same. dude can't read the back of a cereal box without somehow feeling like its putting him on the spot for not fitting in with its cultural construction of individual consumptive desire or something.
― big WHOIS aka the nameserver (s.clover), Tuesday, 3 November 2015 04:45 (one year ago) Permalink
I didn't read their film coverage enough to weigh in on this:
Grantland was the epicenter of this cult of the upper-middlebrow. In a well-crafted (if somewhat overwrought) eulogy of Grantland for The New Republic, Alex Shephard and Mark Krotov highlight the site’s Paul Thomas Anderson Week, a multimedia, cross-site event that brought a tremendous amount of firepower to examining the filmmaker in every way imaginable. The event produced a lot of incisive commentary, and with its combination of various media and diversity of lenses, demonstrated the huge potential of web-native publishing. But it’s worth noting that Grantland on PT Anderson was an impossibly perfect combination of subject and venue. Mr. Anderson, an incredibly gifted filmmaker, occupies the upper-middlebrow perfectly, making movies that are labeled “indie” but which are treated like an event by our press, the kind of movie you usually take in at a specialty cinema but which aren’t impossible to find at the multiplex. Again, this isn’t a critical judgment of Anderson’s work, which is fantastic, but a recognition of a certain sweet spot in our culture industries that signify good taste without inviting accusations of pretension. It’s hard to imagine Grantland devoting a week to Lars von Trier, let alone Wong Kar-Wai
― curmudgeon, Monday, November 2, 2015 3:58 PM (7 hours ago)
grantland was pure middlebrow, like probably exactly what dwight mcdonald had in mind when he used the term
― k3vin k., Tuesday, 3 November 2015 05:02 (one year ago) Permalink
Yes those Charlie Pierce and Wesley Morris pieces were pure middlebrow
― El Tomboto, Tuesday, 3 November 2015 05:06 (one year ago) Permalink
The sports blogger Tom Hitchner wrote recently about the tendency of sports commentators to find random, dumb, uninfluential opinions to dispute, even when those opinions are held by almost no one, simply to represent themselves as the wiser and cooler party. Too often, writers at Grantland played into this tendency, engaging in verbal eye-rolling about the idiocy of those who might disagree with them rather than just making their case.
I think this is OTM about a broader trend but I wouldn't pin it on Grantland. I feel like Freddie is very sharp on how online discourse works but I always have to filter out his various tedious bugbears about popular culture.
― impossible raver (Re-Make/Re-Model), Tuesday, 3 November 2015 09:42 (one year ago) Permalink
@BenLindbergh Haven't told my parents about Grantland, because 1)I like that someone still thinks it exists and 2)I'm testing how irregularly they read me
― skateboards are the new combover (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 3 November 2015 15:42 (one year ago) Permalink
― skateboards are the new combover (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 11 November 2015 17:07 (one year ago) Permalink
not sure if we have a beefs thread for this but the breathless praise for grantland at the start of this piece just reminds me how weird it is that there were grantland readers who actually thought the non-sports stuff was the good part of grantland
― k3vin k., Saturday, 3 December 2016 22:33 (three days ago) Permalink
wes morris was actually good, rembert was fun. i would actually occasionally read it whereas now the only non-sports stuff i'll even look at on the ringer is serrano or concepcion in funny blogpost about some hbo show mode, every other non-sports writer i react to the sight of their byline the way i did to steve hyden's on grantland. the sports writing isn't as good at the ringer either though it's fine enough, i still check in. i think in a weird way the ringer misses a jonathan abrams than a lowe or barnwell; like they're still doing something like the analysis lowe and barnwell brought but the really solid features abrams could turn out they don't really even seem to attempt. even if #longform doesn't generate the clicks and was responsible for the worst moment grantland had, it's still the kind of brand building thing that can give a patina of 'quality' that can make ppl think they're smart to love/read a sight even if they really go there to find out what character on game of thrones j.r. smith is. it is kinda funny that the sports writers i really enjoyed at grantland stayed at espn and the ones i kinda loathed ended up at si.
― balls, Sunday, 4 December 2016 01:05 (two days ago) Permalink
I very much miss the Grantland versions of Rembert, Brian Phillips, Emily Yoshida and Molly Lambert.
― El Tomboto, Sunday, 4 December 2016 06:16 (two days ago) Permalink
<3 katie bakes but it seems like a struggle
― mookieproof, Sunday, 4 December 2016 06:23 (two days ago) Permalink
how weird it is that there were grantland readers who actually thought the non-sports stuff was the good part of grantland
yeah sorry folks but the fact that ppl read this stuff makes me think they live in an alternative dimension where there are 48 hours in a day or something
― a but (brimstead), Sunday, 4 December 2016 19:33 (two days ago) Permalink
got what a shitty hypocritical post. sorry
― a but (brimstead), Sunday, 4 December 2016 19:34 (two days ago) Permalink
― k3vin k.,
I read Morris and Mark Harris all the time.
― The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 4 December 2016 19:36 (two days ago) Permalink