Piles and piles

There are many keys to researching a book, from lining up the right interviews to finding the right research materials to discovering new little details that have never before been uncovered.

Few things, however, are as important to me as the piles.

By piles, I mean piles …

… and piles …

… and piles …

… and piles …

… and piles …

… and piles …

… and piles …

… of paper.

In other words, I just printed out a 905-page document, which is—specifically—a day-by-day newspaper compilation of a particular season from a team’s history. Multiple that by 11, and you’ve got my current print-out situation. Actually, more than 11. Because not only do I have the seasons, I also have files on dozens upon dozens of individual players, coaches, opponents, executives. It’s a time-consuming soul suck from hell, made easier only by the kindness of a certain place that allows me to print for free.

But it’s still a pain.

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