Aw, thank you!
I do indeed live in San Francisco, in a neighborhood called The Richmond District. I’m close to some of the prettiest beaches in the whole city! This is my second time living in San Francisco; I’ve been back for almost a year now. Although to be honest, I spend a lot of time in the East Bay - particularly Berkeley - as well.
Thanks for the love!
As important as the product was the work flow that they created.
In an era where most magazines go through a lavish multi-month production cycle, the 48 HR team made a spectacular 60-page magazine and online site in a weekend in May 2010 with little more than Twitter, coffee, grit and more than 1,500 submissions collected in just over a day. Although the print publication is no longer available for purchase, the execution demonstrated the potential of citizen-generated news at high speed.” —
Before we were Longshot, we were 48 HR Magazine. It seemed like a gamble (a long shot, if you will) that we’d even be able to put one issue out. We weren’t sure we’d get any contributions, or if we did, that we’d be able to put something out in time. But thanks to an amazing number of contributions, and a massive depth of talent from an all-volunteer staff, we made it. You made it.
Yesterday, we received a special distinction award from Knight-Batten for innovation in journalism. Looking at the other winners, we feel like we’re in some pretty heady company. We’re honored. Deeply honored. And we hope all of you who participated are too.
But now we’re something new. Something different. We’re going to be more ambitious, and branch out into more areas. We’ve set up an LLC. (We even have an amazing attorney who helped us out of a jam.) Our goal for the next issue—issue one of Longshot Magazine—is to blow issue zero out of the water.
We’re going to continue to roll out more and more detail in the coming days and weeks. But whatever happens, we hope you’ll join us.
Congratulations to the team formerly known as 48 HR Magazine (that means congrats to me, too!), and welcome back to the team now known as Longshot Magazine. I can’t wait to see what happens next.
There is surely a word—in German, most likely—that means the state of active non-accomplishment. Not just the failure to reach a specific goal, but ongoing, daily failure with no end in sight. Stunted ambition. Disappointed potential. Frustrated and sad and lonely and hopeless and sick to death of one’s self.
Whatever it’s called, this is what leads people to abandon their goals—people do it every day. And I understand that decision, because I lived in this state of active non-accomplishment for many years.
I wrote the earliest bit of what would become my first novel,Stiltsville, in January of 2000, when I was in my first year of a graduate writing program. In May of 2009, I sold Stiltsville to HarperCollins—the hardcover is due out next month.
Read the rest here.
One of the best, most important things I’ve read in a very, very long time. Precisely what I needed this moment. Thank you, Susanna.