May 16, 2014, at Marshall Chess Club in Greenwich Village.
On set with Magnus Carlsen, who now holds the world chess titles across three formats: classic, rapid, and blitz. Carlsen will defend his title this November in Sochi in a rematch with former champion Viswanathan Anand, India’s first grandmaster.  
See the final cut of our interview for The Wall Street Journal here.
(Photo credit: Espen Agdestein)

May 16, 2014, at Marshall Chess Club in Greenwich Village.

On set with Magnus Carlsen, who now holds the world chess titles across three formats: classic, rapid, and blitz. Carlsen will defend his title this November in Sochi in a rematch with former champion Viswanathan Anand, India’s first grandmaster.  

See the final cut of our interview for The Wall Street Journal here.

(Photo credit: Espen Agdestein)

On Tony Gwynn’s Career Batting Average

For his career, Tony Gwynn, who passed away this week at the age of 54, batted an astounding .338 for his career, ranking him 18th on the all-time list of players with minimum of 1000 innings played and 3000 plate appearances.  Of players who played 20 seasons or more, Gwynn's batting average ranks 5th in history, tied with Nap Lajoie, and behind Babe Ruth, Tris Speaker, Roger Hornsby and Ty Cobb, whose .366 BA is tops all time.

As of June 16, 2014, there are only 6 active players with a career batting average in the top 100 all time.  They are Miguel Cabrera (tied #47 at .321), Joe Mauer (#51 at .319), Albert Pujols (#55 at .3188), Ichiro Suzuki (#56 at .3187), Joey Votto (tied #85 at .312) and Derek Jeter (#93 at .311).  Of them, only Jeter has played 20 seasons (and would rank #17 of that club).

R.I.P. Tony Gwynn, one of the best to ever play.
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Narrative journalism reading list

The following are the (mostly) narrative journalism articles that I assigned to my class this semester (in no particular order):

  • "The Killer in the Pool" by Tim Zimmerman (Outside)
  • "Rock is Dead" by David Samuels (Harper’s - subscription necessary)
  • "Jonah Lehrer’s Deceptions" by Michael Moynihan (Tabletmag.com)
  • "The Mogul Who made Justin Bieber" by Lizzie Widdicombe (The New Yorker)
  • "The Face Behind Bitcoin" by Leah McGrath Goodman (Newsweek)
  • "Frank Sinatra Has A Cold" by Gay Talese (Esquire)
  • "At 97, the Oldest Living Brooklyn Dodger Reflects" by Louie Lazar (New York Times)
  • "The Anthora Coffee Cup: A New York Love Story" by Genevieve Walker (Narrative.ly)
  • "Keiber Coa presses on a year after father’s fateful spill" by Ryan Goldberg (Daily Racing Form)
  • "The Things That Carried Him" by Chris Jones (Esquire)
Rutgers graduate Eric LeGrand, at occupational therapy. Read here at WSJ.

Rutgers graduate Eric LeGrand, at occupational therapy. Read here at WSJ.

An oral history of the epic collision between journalism and digital technology, from 1980 to the present. Read here (from Nieman Lab, at Harvard).

An oral history of the epic collision between journalism and digital technology, from 1980 to the present. Read here (from Nieman Lab, at Harvard).

Henry Miller reflects on #NewYorkCity, in what may be YouTube’s most enjoyable clip. 

Read my short preview of Anand vs. Carlsen in the Wall St. Journal (11/9). Let’s hope for fireworks, history!

Read my short preview of Anand vs. Carlsen in the Wall St. Journal (11/9). Let’s hope for fireworks, history!

Chess in its highest form, in India this November.  But will there be fanfare?  My piece on the state of international chess, here in The Economist.

Chess in its highest form, in India this November.  But will there be fanfare?  My piece on the state of international chess, here in The Economist.

Photo essay; accompaniment to my long-form narrative about the Hunts Point Produce Market (http://bit.ly/16kgYwN)

Boyd Melson shares a light moment with trainer Bernie Lenahan. (Photo credit: Amir Shoucri)

Boyd Melson shares a light moment with trainer Bernie Lenahan. (Photo credit: Amir Shoucri)

Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Philippines (March, 2008)

Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Philippines (March, 2008)

My interview with FIDE world number one, Magnus Carlsen  
(photo: Getty Images, via: http://www.smh.com.au/executive-style/culture/sulky-mozart-of-chess—the-new-kasparov-20100222-or5a.html)

My interview with FIDE world number one, Magnus Carlsen  

(photo: Getty Images, via: http://www.smh.com.au/executive-style/culture/sulky-mozart-of-chess—the-new-kasparov-20100222-or5a.html)

A little while ago I shot in the 80s for the first time. Took a few lucky bounces: