JEFF PEARLMAN

Coming October 2022: "The Last Folk Hero: The Life and Myth of Bo Jackson"

I have just spent the past three hours digging through articles …

… and now I can’t keep my eyes open. It is, without question, the hardest part about writing a book. Doing interviews is fun, if not a bit challenging. Writing the dang thing is brutal, but it’s something I’ve done (writing) since working for The Chieftain, my high school paper.

No, it’s the intensive, exhaustive, all-encompassing research that beats a man down. But, from this vantage point, it’s the only way to write a book. Without naming names, there’s a Roger Clemens biography that came out about a year ago that offers absolutely, positively zero real research. The author spoke to some players, seemed to have read a newspaper or two—then wrote the book (For the record, I’m not referring to Jonathan Mayo’s fine work). Yeah, you can write a book that way. But, truly, it’s all about the details and the little nuggets of information that come from reading 800,000 clips in the night’s wee hours.

Good night.