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The Jonah Keri Podcast, Episode 13

27 December 2010

My guest this week is Derek Zumsteg, author of The Cheater’s Guide to Baseball, former contributor to Baseball Prospectus and USS Mariner, up-and-coming science fiction writer, and beer connoisseur.

The topics we cover:

  • 1:30-6:34: Science fiction writing is a lot like baseball writing
  • 6:35-11:59: Writing a book you want to write vs. writing a book that will sell
  • 12:00-18:59: Why hasn’t the mainstream media given credit where credit is due?
  • 19:00-22:23: Why do people make a bigger deal about PEDs than about other forms of cheating?
  • 22:24-30:08: The heartbreak of pouring your soul into a project and getting bad reviews from people who don’t get it
  • 30:09-34:04: USS Mariner, pioneer blog
  • 34:05-42:01: Derek wrote one of the most original baseball pieces you’ll ever read
  • Read it online or in The Best American Sports Writing 2007

  • 42:02-48:39: The Hermione theory
  • 48:40-52:54: The NBA moved the Sonics out of Seattle, and your team could be next
  • 52:55-end: Food Pick of the Week

My pick
Derek’s pick
The Zumsteg Plan

Read The Cheater’s Guide to Baseball and follow Derek on Twitter @milhous.

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