David is the Founding Editor of BETA, Matador's new print magazine. His guidebook to Yosemite, the Southern Sierra Nevada and Death Valley earned him a 2009 Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Award, and was named "Best Guidebook of 2008" by the Outdoor Writers Association of California. He has written for the Los Angeles Times Magazine, Men's Journal and The New York Times. He lives on the edge of one of the largest calderas on earth, in Mammoth Lakes, California, with his wife, his two boys, and an illegal migrant canine avatar of the Aztec god Xolotl.
“..in storytelling these bottom-places are often the cruxes, the moments that hold it all: the brief and priceless glimpses of ourselves not at our best but at our rawest, with the greatest distance yet to travel. From here we are able to measure whatever heights we’ve come from or may yet go on to achieve.”Continue Reading →
In which, obliquely, a new print magazine (and a new paying market for travel writers) is conceived.Continue Reading →
Today the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas opened a massive archive of David Foster Wallace’s writing, including handwritten drafts of his novels and essays, correspondences with editors, annotated books from his personal library (including his dictionary with words circled), and various other notes and papers.Continue Reading →
Just wanting to wish my tribe a happy new year wherever y’all are.
[For the 'goyim' out there or anyone else those who doesn't know / hasn't clicked whatever internet blurbs are announcing Rosh Hashanah, today is the Jewish New Year.]
What are you doing today to celebrate? Let us know in the comments. [...]Continue Reading →
For those who haven’t seen yet, here’s a final reminder for the Transparent Narrative writing contest . The deadline is tomorrow (Sept 10) at 5PM EST.
We’ve gotten dozens of entries, but are still looking for more gamble, more gut-level reaction / perception of place and experience. As in the title of the [...]Continue Reading →
Has anyone seen this? I had no idea how massive the damage was in Pakistan.
Infographic by Pakistan Flooding – Donate to the Pakistan Flood AppealContinue Reading →