My Last Post for True/Slant
Update: I’ve made a new domain for Brave New Hooks. Keep on following my work at BraveNewHooks.com!
Oh God, another True/Slant’er out the door? Yes, it’s true.
As of Thursday, I join the ranks of former True/Slant contributors.
It’s with some amount of sadness (thus the panda) that I make the announcement, though I’ve known about our pending split since June. The nature of my content is just not a very good fit at Forbes, and that much was pretty apparent from the moment the announcement was made.
In my 10 months as a True/Slant contributor, I’ve seen some really special things happen. I got to be on the leading edge of an upstart that broke 1.5 million readers a month in its first 12. I was even lucky enough to have one of my big stories called out by our ever-patient front page editor Michael Roston, who said my reporting on Barry Cooper’s wild tale was some of the most important work they’ve published.
Getting a popular story on True/Slant is like being constantly and completely flattered, especially to see my by-line up there with journalists like Matt Taibbi, Michael Hastings and Allison Kilkenny. My friends can attest, there was a celebration every time I cracked True/Slant’s top five most popular contributors.
Ah, well. Every good thing ends.
Before I go, an announcement: I am currently producing a manuscript about Barry Cooper.
I’ve never before made such a public claim of pending work, let alone something as lengthy as a book, but there’s a level of certainty to this project that’s rather unusual. Hollywood producer Brett Ratner has purchased film rights to Barry’s life story. Those rights were sold by a producer at SpikeTV, who I’ve since interviewed in my research on Cooper. While I have yet to speak with Ratner’s people, I’m sure they’ll be interested to see what I produce. While already weighing a number of options for publication, I’m still open to conferring with any interested literary agent.
So, yes, True/Slant and I are breaking up, but I am by no means going away. After two years of hard work as their contractor, RawStory.com has offered a salaried job and will be taking me on staff beginning August 1. We’ve got some big things in store for our readers, but I cannot say more for fear of death or censure. Basically: stay tuned.
Thanks to everyone at True/Slant and all of my readers, without whom none of this would have happened.
And always remember, individuals really can make a difference.