BY Kevin Koczwara
This was the year that Internet publishing leaped out in front and flexed its muscle in the writing world. It’s also the year where the celebrity profile seemingly died off a beautiful death, slowly but surely they seem to get shorter and shorter and I get more and more grateful with every copy of GQ and Esquire that slides through my door once a month.
Sports writing hit an all-time high this year. Grantlad pushed the boundaries early on, but then sites like The Classical (disclaimer: I have written for them and currently working a piece for them) and SB Nation Longform.
Here are a few of my favorites, but certainly not all of them.
One of my favorite columns of the year came from The Classical editor David Roth, except it was featured on Sports on Earth. "DEATH OF THE UNDERDOGS" was a perfect piece about how the MLB postseason became predictable and yet perfect in some sort of way because we still had baseball.
Speaking of Roth and The Classical, one of my favorite pieces on soccer this year came early in the year by Moacir P. De. SÁ Pereira. Pereia wrote about the evolution of French Club PSG and its fan-culture, which I knew was off the wall and scary, but I didn’t know all of the details and this five-part series shed more light than I thought possible on the team and its culture.
My favorite piece I read (and waited for to arrive in my mailbox) was Chris Jones’ story on the Zanesville, Ohio animal massacre in the March edition of Esquire.
My favorite celebrity profile was Chris Heath’s profile of Micahel Fassbender in the June edition of GQ. Fassbender is a supremely talented actor, and yet still a mystery despite this revealing, and somewhat short, profile of the up-and-coming movie star.
Mark Sundeen’s piece in Outsider "WHY NOAH WENT TO THE WOODS" blew me away and still has me thinking.
Finally, "Coach" William Browning on SB Nation’s new longform site took my breath away from start to finish.
And then there is the masterwork done by Charles Pierce “The Bomb That Didn’t Go Off” from Esquire. A must-read on the way homegrown terrorism has grown and continues to grow. There is no one better than Pierce when it comes to telling the story of modern America and the craziness.
There were plenty more, I just can’t think of them now.
Kevin Koczwara (me) is a journalist in Massachusetts. He has contributed to The Classical, New England Soccer Today, MLSSoccer.com, NESN.com and other places.