11.20.2008

The Word Is Out



Artist Formerly Known as Miss Gossip, you're a national treasure. This is pure gold. I especially like the look on Sheed's face when he hears the phrase "Free Darko" for the second time.

Also, the whole damn gang comes together for a very special New York Times Q&A. Tragically, they edited out the part where we revealed that high-top Wallabees are the FD uni.

Thanks to everyone out who came out to the Redwood. The games were atrocious, but the company was good, conversation was at a high level, and I can only hope all our events go this well. Only basketball thought from tonight: Like I said, Oden's a work in progress. But things are happening. Fast. That's what I'm picking up on: A rumble too deep to ignore or nit-pick with human hands. Quoth Ben: "Crystallizing talent beats raw promise every time."

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24 Comments:

At 11/20/2008 3:08 AM, Blogger Both Teams Played Hard said...

Nice. But I bet he likes my name better.

 
At 11/20/2008 3:29 AM, Blogger Abe said...

good scene at the Redwood/Seattle, glad I could buy the book from the source, sorry I was too late for a seat. Again: keep up the good work, and someone email me for a free pair of Wu Tang tickets at the Showbox Sodo in a couple weeks.

 
At 11/20/2008 10:40 AM, Blogger Bethlehem Shoals said...

What's funny is that, while there were two booths full of people, the bar and that weird free-standing bar in the middle of the room were also stocked with FD attendants. So the "not being able to score a seat" was an optical illusion; in fact, there were actual girls away from the "wall of dude" by the books themselves.

Just might take you up on those Wu tickets. Despite being a white male who was obsessed with hip-hop in the mid-1990's, I somehow have never managed to see the entire assemblage.

WV: ducaligm: Tim Duncan's guide to oral sex

 
At 11/20/2008 12:11 PM, Blogger Dr. Lawyer IndianChief said...

(want more details on the seattle event)

 
At 11/20/2008 12:13 PM, Blogger T. said...

(wants a youtube video that is still available. . .and more details on the seattle event)

 
At 11/20/2008 12:17 PM, Blogger Bethlehem Shoals said...

I said a lot of things about Anthony Morrow that made absolutely no sense. Though typing that sentence, I now see I was a vehicle for a higher power, since Morrow does not exist to be explained or accounted for.

 
At 11/20/2008 12:21 PM, Blogger Zydruuuunas said...

Sheed probably comments on FD

 
At 11/20/2008 12:25 PM, Blogger Joe said...

Good times last night. Ended the night engaged in a long conversation at the bar about the Neo Con view of Middle East politics....pretty much what I expect at a FD event.

 
At 11/20/2008 1:17 PM, Blogger Stumbleweed said...

"At one point, we were going to write a science fiction novel about J.R. Smith"

Okay, what the fuck? This cannot just fall into the ether. One mention of dude in the book and THIS was brewing? I demand satisfaction.

WV: miessect = some medieval-type shit that I may resort to if said writings don't surface

 
At 11/20/2008 1:34 PM, Blogger dunces said...

Thanks for throwing the event.

I didn't get a chance to mention that I'm a big fan/apostle of the site - it goes without saying I guess.

But I was giving my buddy the FD hard sell (maybe not as aggressive as that earlier Blazers pitch) and it's all kinds of easy when you've got the book handy.

Re: sci-fi: Were you gonna append to Ralph Wiley's T-Mac/Dune epic with JR Smith as Leto or something?

 
At 11/20/2008 2:59 PM, Blogger goathair said...

Anthony Morrow debuted at the Chicago jump-off and was discussed at the Seattle one. Anthony Morrow is people.

 
At 11/20/2008 3:35 PM, Blogger Brown Recluse, Esq. said...

I hope no one objects to me spilling trade secrets--if I, or this post, disappear, you'll know why)--but I believe the origin of the sci-fi novel about J.R. came from a casual conversation with a McSweeney's editor about whether they might ever be interested in publishing a FreeDarko book, and his response was something like, "We don't really publish conventional sports books, so it'd have to be something like a sci-fi novel about J.R. Smith." And we took him literally.

I am not making this up. These are actual facts, god.

 
At 11/20/2008 3:51 PM, Blogger VH said...

I long for your height/shot type scoring system...

That interview made me appreciate where you guys are coming from even more. Keep up the good work.

 
At 11/20/2008 4:54 PM, Blogger Ritchie said...

Why in gods name would a McSweeney's editor think it's necessary to ask you guys to make sure your basketball book is unconventional?

 
At 11/20/2008 5:01 PM, Blogger avery said...

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At 11/20/2008 5:16 PM, Blogger EL MIZ said...

is the book tour coming to southern california?

 
At 11/20/2008 5:45 PM, Blogger jawaan oldham said...

Recluse, just because it started out as a snarky wisecrack doesn't mean it's a bad idea: "The Three Is a Harsh Mistress?"

 
At 11/20/2008 5:51 PM, Blogger Bethlehem Shoals said...

This part of the tour would love to come to Southern California if some organization can pay for my airfare.

 
At 11/20/2008 6:35 PM, Blogger Moose said...

Good hoops coverage at this site: http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/

 
At 11/20/2008 8:22 PM, Blogger Kevin Pelton said...

I would say my takeaway from the night is people are not always quite as dramatic as you make them out to be from the Internet. Bethlehem, while undoubtedly brilliant, did not always speak in complete complex sentences as in his writing. Meanwhile, Ben and I broke the bad news that John Hollinger actually exists as a real person who isn't constantly spouting PER ratings.

Also, I talked a surprising amount about the WNBA.

 
At 11/20/2008 10:29 PM, Blogger MC Welk said...

Why Not Be Amazon?

 
At 11/21/2008 8:40 AM, Blogger W2 said...

Reports that Al Harrington is headed to the Knicks...for either Malik Rose or Crawford. Conflicting reports are out there. Seems like a world of difference there.

Can you imagine Crawford on the Warriors with Murrow, Ellis, Jax and the rest of Nellies uber athletic freak show.

I can't see the Knicks being so silly as to let there most interesting player (minus Chandler) go for Harrington. The next few hours should clear this up.

Freedarko's take?

 
At 11/21/2008 9:45 AM, Blogger T. said...

my new favorite thing ever:

https://twitter.com/THE_REAL_SHAQ

 
At 1/19/2009 10:16 PM, Blogger Sean said...

Another great write-up here:

"Shoals and his FreeDarko cohorts are the anti-beat writers – relentless couch potato aesthetes, flies on the digital age’s wall, gloriously unconfined by any standard method of reporting. One imagines their research consisting primarily of group machinations over NBA League Pass. Their findings are filtered through a system of a priori psychoanalysis, oddball taxonomy, idiosyncratic simile and, most often, sympathy."

 

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