Writer for Esquire and ESPN The Magazine; eulogist. Currently reading Two Hours by Ed Caesar.

James Haskell ready for poignant farewell with London Wasps

standard.co.uk — That debut came as a 17-year-old in a pre-season friendly and, although the back-row forward has played club rugby in France, Japan and New Zealand, the best and worst moments of his career have been in High Wycombe.

Wasps' Joe Launchbury set to miss rest of the year with neck injury

standard.co.uk — A neck injury ruled the England lock out of the series and it was expected he would be sidelined for six to eight weeks, making a mid-December return possible.

The Best Bar in America

esquire.com — THE BEST BAR IN AMERICA isn't Irish. It isn't in a strip mall. It isn't the sort of place that charges an outrageous cover for people to stand around in black light pushing back shooters out of test tubes. It isn't a fight club or a meat market.

Owen Farrell: I’ll only get back in the England team if I cut out errors

standard.co.uk — Although the Saracens fly-half insists confidence is not an issue, he has just two months to impress England head coach Stuart Lancaster after a tough autumn. Farrell started at No10 in the narrow defeats against New Zealand and South Africa but was replaced by George Ford for the wins over Samoa and Australia.

England v Australia: David Wilson knows Aussies will resort to tricks to avoid embarrassment

standard.co.uk — The prop will pack down at tight-head alongside hooker Dylan Hartley and loose-head Joe Marler and this triumvirate cannot take a backward step. Their mission at Twickenham is simple; dominate the opposition front row and add their names to the list of English front-row men who have seriously embarrassed the Wallaby pack.

England v Samoa: George Ford must find space if Owen Farrell double act is to shine on big stage

standard.co.uk — While the 7pm kick-off will test the transport infrastructure around Twickenham, of more importance to Stuart Lancaster is the ability of George Ford and Owen Farrell to take a partnership forged in schoolboy teams into the white-hot atmosphere of Test rugby.

Andy Murray can fix his second serve problem in 10 minutes, claims Tim Henman

standard.co.uk — Murray will head to Florida on December 10 for his annual pre‑season training camp where he pushes himself to the limit in hot and humid conditions. Having recovered from back surgery and finished this year at No6 in the world, Murray is now planning an extended period working alongside Mauresmo.

Scott Kelly NASA Mars Mission

esquire.com — For the December issue of Esquire, contributor Chris Jones profiled Scott Kelly as the astronaut and identical twin of Mark Kelly was preparing to take us one step closer to Mars by spending an uninterrupted year on the International Space Station. (Click here to read "Away," a premium feature on Kelly's ambitious mission.)

Away Excerpt - Esquire

esquire.com — In March, Scott Kelly will bring us one step closer to Mars by spending an uninterrupted year on the International Space Station. Click here to read "Away," a premium feature by Chris Jones on Kelly's ambitious mission from our December issue. We've included an excerpt below to whet your appetite.

This is How We Go to Mars

esquire.com — In March, Scott Kelly will bring us one step closer to Mars by spending an uninterrupted year on the International Space Station. Click here to read "Away," a premium feature by Chris Jones on Kelly's ambitious mission. Astronaut Scott Kelly and I were standing next to the train tracks at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
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Dec 18, 2014

[Turns on football, sees it's Titans v. Jaguars.] "Oh God, I'd rather spend time with my kids." [Keeps watching football.]

Dec 18, 2014

You can learn a lot from that story about writing, and not just from Hillenbrand. Wil can structure like a mofo.

Dec 18, 2014

Really strong @wilshylton piece on Laura Hillenbrand, and the unenviable challenges to her enviable success: nytimes.com/2014/12/21/mag…

Dec 18, 2014

Loved @serial's ending because it felt true. Journalism that's too cinematic should leave us suspicious, not satisfied.

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