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TIGER

TIGER

Today I’m happy to share the cover and title of my forthcoming biography on Tiger Woods, which I’ve spent the past three years researching and writing with my fearless partner Armen Keteyian. The book will be out in the spring.

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EVEN FOR A MINUTE

EVEN FOR A MINUTE

This time last year I was finishing up a book tour with Steve Young to promote his autobiography, which, by the way, just came out in paperback.

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NOTHING STAYS THE SAME

NOTHING STAYS THE SAME

  I just put my wife and youngest daughter on a train to Virginia. I hate goodbye. Especially at the end of summer. Now I’m in a coffee shop with my oldest daughter, sipping a protein shake, listening to The Head and the Heart. Cause no one likes to be so lonely. No one likes to feel alon...

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CHARLOTTESVILLE

CHARLOTTESVILLE

One year ago I was living in Virginia, about an hour from Charlottesville. I often boarded Amtrak there when I traveled north to New York or Connecticut on business. And on more than one occasion I walked through the very intersection where a bunch of people were mowed down on Saturday when a 20-ye...

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THIRTY YEARS LATER

THIRTY YEARS LATER

My summer has been CONSUMED writing the Tiger Woods biography. But last weekend I took a much-needed break to go see U2’s Joshua Tree tour. It’s strange to write that sentence, given that I went to see the Joshua Tree tour thirty years ago. But U2 is doing a 2017 version of the tour to...

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A NIGHT TO REMEMBER

A NIGHT TO REMEMBER

This post is about David Crosby’s concert for a friend. I know a CEO who wears cowboy boots and blue jeans and keeps a folded wad of crisp Ben Franklins in his pants pocket. His name is Glade Knight and he lives on a ranch outside Richmond. Twenty-five years ago he rescued a private girls sch...

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MEETING A BEATLE

MEETING A BEATLE

This actually happened. Yesterday I was at a rehearsal with David Crosby in LA. He and his band are getting ready for the tour that starts next week. Partway through the rehearsal, David stepped outside for some air. A blue Corvette pulled up and the window went down. The driver was Paul McCartney.

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ROCK ‘N’ WRITE

ROCK ‘N’ WRITE

You know things are out of whack when you bring your work to the bedroom. But my wife has been out of town for the past couple weeks and I’ve got a deadline looming on a big biography. So I’ve been keeping my laptop beside my bed, enabling me to write until I fall asleep, and then resum...

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SHARING MY FRIENDS

SHARING MY FRIENDS

I’m in the board room at Simon & Schuster, my publisher. The walls are white. There is a l-o-n-g rectangular table surrounded by high-back chairs. My students are sitting in them. Each student has a cell phone on the table. But the students are looking at my editor, Jofie Ferrari-Adler. H...

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THE GREAT DIVIDE

THE GREAT DIVIDE

This op-ed appears in the Hartford Courant today and in the Deseret News tomorrow. “Dad, I want to go to the Women’s March to protest against Donald Trump.” It was Inauguration Day and my 14-year-old daughter, Maggie May, wearing a “nasty women make history” T-shirt, w...

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LIFE INTERSECTION

LIFE INTERSECTION

I got up in the middle of the night to write this post. I know a guy who has spent his whole life swinging a hammer. His thumb nails are purple. The skin on his fingers is permanently cracked. He’s not comfortable in church. Prefers to spend his Sunday mornings walking the beach, looking for...

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OUR DOORS ARE OPEN

OUR DOORS ARE OPEN

Last summer I founded the Institute for Writing and Mass Media at Southern Virginia University. One of its purposes is to bring together aspiring writers, videographers, editors and photographers with top professionals in those fields. Our facility is a post and beam building a few miles from campu...

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A LITTLE GIRL’S PERSPECTIVE

A LITTLE GIRL’S PERSPECTIVE

This post is written by my 10-year-old daughter Clara Belle. She keeps a journal and when I read her entry from our trip to New York City earlier this week, I asked her permission to share it with my readers.

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I BELIEVE

I BELIEVE

  Note: Steve Young and Jeff Benedict will sign books in Salt Lake City at the Fort Union Deseret Book store from 4PM to 7PM today (Friday). They will sign books at 12 noon on Monday (12/19) at “This is the Place” bookstore in Kensington, Maryland). For the past nine years Santa Cla...

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TAKING PICTURES

TAKING PICTURES

When I was a boy, you could find me outside most afternoons, playing baseball, football or basketball. My 16-year-old son Clancy is equally predictable. Only he’s not into sports. He’s into photography. Every day at sunset he grabs his camera and heads outside. It’s a habit he for...

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