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Jul. 30 2010 - 8:00 am | 149 views | 0 recommendations | 2 comments

So, this is it: Goodbye, True/Slant

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The last few months, I’ve been a ghost. After my dad died, I haven’t been right — and I’ve been everywhere. Since I learned he was sick — in mid-March, on a crackly phone line in Sanaa, Yemen — I’ve laid my head in 17 beds in as many cities across six countries. From Sanaa to Riyadh, Doha to Dubai, New York to Washington DC, Miami to Istanbul, it’s been a ceaseless slog.

For too many, I’ve been a ghost: For my wife, my daughter, my friends, my family. I left the Middle East, I went to America and the hospital, he died, and then we tried to figure out how to go forward — how to move on, me to Istanbul and my wife to Baghdad.

Lost in much of this was my ability to focus on anything that would be useful to the True/Slant community, of which I had been a very proud member.

Since I left jobs as an editor at The Village Voice and Rolling Stone, I’ve walked from New York to New Orleans, I’ve become a father, and just as hard as any of that, I’ve tried to become a full-time writer.

True/Slant has been a big part of this transition, and I’m truly grateful to Coates Bateman and Michael Roston for the chance.

From my new base in Istanbul, I bid you all adieu. I wish it weren’t so. With colleagues at T/S as various as Michael Hastings, Catilin Kelly, and David Rees, I felt like I had been part of a rollicking and often rigorous community — one perhaps unlike anywhere else on the Web.

(Would that it weren’t folding! Way to go, Forbes/World Inc./Megacorp LLC, for squashing a small, good thing!)

For now, my new landing spot is “Not From Here.” Please follow me on Twitter, and consider these stories from my archive, all exclusive to T/S.

Sincerely yours,

Nathan Deuel


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    I was always eager to read your latest…and so sad about your Dad. It was clear his illness and death had so knee-capped you. I listen to Kelly on NPR and maybe we’ll come by Istanbul and visit. It was fun hanging out!

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    I am greatly sorry for your loss. As someone whose dad was recently diagnosed with cancer, I can safely say that I have no idea what you are going through and can only hope that I do not find out any time soon.

    For what it is worth, you sound like you have an incredibly interesting life, and much to look forward to. You and your wife get to travel to parts of the world that I have not and you get to experience things that are central to the geopolitics of the day. This is why I have truly appreciated your work at True Slant, have signed up for your twitter, and hope that you have a nice landing in Istanbul (Though I hear from European backpackers that the buses in Turkey are hell).

    While the work that you, and others like you, such as PJ Tobias may not make the nightly news every night, or ever, there are people like me out there. People who want to understand the world. People who want to understand how things operate in other cultures. People who strive to find voices such as yours, and are deeply appreciative when we do.

    Hopefully you find great work in the future. Hopefully I have the privilege to read it. Goodbye at true slant, but as I am now your obscenely named twitter follower, I know that I will be informed of the next great project that you will find.

    Best of luck.

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    About Me

    Since graduating from Deep Springs College, I've written and edited for magazines (Rolling Stone, The Atlantic Monthly), newspapers (The Village Voice, The National), and websites (NPR.org, SixBillion.org). In the summer of 2007, I packed a bag and walked from New York to New Orleans, a trek that took five months, three pairs of shoes, and a couple thousand miles. These days, I live in Saudi Arabia with my wife, Kelly McEvers, who covers the region for National Public Radio.

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    Contributor Since: August 2009
    Location:Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

    What I'm Up To

    The Review

    I’m a regular contributor to The Review, which Reihan Salam calls a “younger, radder” New York Review of Books.

    Past pieces include:
    -”Down in the floods,” something in Saudi Arabia may have changed
    -”Checkpoint Qatif,”among Saudi’s Shiite minority
    -”Excursion into the desert,” in which my landlord pulls a gun.
    -”You’ll never walk alone,” a night of soccer in sweltering Riyadh.
    -”Get on the bus,” a story of public transport in Riyadh.
    -”Saudi Arabia’s got talent,” from the nation’s first-ever open TV auditions