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Buzz Bissinger’s 2013 article in GQ, “My Gucci Addiction,” is one of my favorite personal essays in recent years. Maybe ever. It’s certainly my favorite personal essay on addiction, a type of article usually about alcohol and other drugs (or, maybe, gambling). It’s thoughtful and weird and funny and all the good things you like in a personal essay about someone’s own personal obsession. (Bissinger himself later called it “very flawed,” but whatever. I’m allowed to have my opinion on it, too.)
For those of you not familiar with the piece, it ends with Bissinger having spent $638,412.97 on high-end clothes, mostly Gucci. At the end of the article, Bissinger begins going to meetings for sex addiction. In late 2014, Bissinger consigned about three-quarters of his collection to a company called LuxeSwap, which calls itself “the preeminent destination for the worlds finest luxury goods.”
It’s been more than a year, but some of Bissinger’s former closet is still on eBay. There are three pieces on the site right now. Let’s check them out. Read more »
Famed transgender activist Caitlyn Jenner will be appearing at the University of Pennsylvania on February 17th. In a talk moderated by Buzz Bissinger, a journalist and Penn alum who is helping Jenner write her memoir, she plans to speak on her momentous year since her transition and her upcoming plans. Read more »
Left: Caitlyn Jenner participates in E!’s “I Am Cait” panel at the NBCUniversal Winter TCA on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016, Pasadena, Calif. (Photo | Richard Shotwell, Invision, AP). Right: Buzz Bissinger
What can readers expect to learn about Caitlyn Jenner from her forthcoming book that they don’t already know?
Plenty, says co-author Buzz Bissinger, the Pulitzer-Prize winning reporter and author of Jenner’s coming-out-as-a-woman profile in Vanity Fair last year.
“In addition to what was in Vanity Fair, there will be additional insights and revelations in the book,” Bissinger said today in an interview with Philadelphia magazine.
Jenner’s memoir, which its publisher expects to release in the spring of 2017, will be part personal reflection and part reporting based on interviews with those who have known her from her youth as Bruce Jenner through the present.
This was one of the conditions Bissinger asked Jenner to agree to when she approached him about collaborating on the memoir last summer, after the Vanity Fair feature had appeared. Read more »
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author Buzz Bissinger will be collaborating with Olympic athlete Caitlyn Jenner on her new memoir, The New York Times reports.
Bissinger, whose book about high-school football in small-town Texas, Friday Night Lights, became a successful TV series and who chronicled the challenges Mayor Ed Rendell faced trying to reverse the downward spiral of city government in A Prayer for the City, also wrote the Vanity Fair cover story in which Jenner came out as female and described her struggles with gender identity. Read more »
Buzz Bissinger at ThinkFest.
Eagles coach Chip Kelly is a “fraud,” Friday Night Lights author Buzz Bissinger said during a Friday morning appearance at ThinkFest.
“I hate that fucker. I shouldn’t say fucker. I think he’s a fraud. Don’t laugh — look at the record,” Bissinger told the crowd, suggesting that Kelly’s winning record during his college years was deceptive, built on the backs of players with academic problems who nevertheless never won national championship.
“He’s arrogant. He’s always throwing people under the bus,” Bissinger said of Kelly. And he suggested that Kelly will soon — despite his disavowals — return to the college game.
Other highlights from his wide-ranging, often profane chat with Philly Mag editor Tom McGrath: Read more »
Michael Moore (photo by David Shankbone via Wikimedia Commons) | Buzz Bissinger (publicity photo)
Controversial filmmaker Michael Moore was in Philadelphia on Friday night for a screening of his new movie Where to Invade Next. And sitting in the front row at the Prince Music Theater was none other than Philly’s own Buzz Bissinger, the Pulitzer-winning journalist and frequent rabble rouser. And based on what went down at a talkback after the screening, we think it’s fair to say that Bissinger has some significant issues with the film. Read more »
Courtesy of Vanity Fair
Twenty-five years ago, Philly journalist Buzz Bissinger’s Friday Night Lights: a Town, a Team, and a Dream debuted in bookstores across the nation. The novel, which follows a superstar high school football team in Odessa, Texas, as they prepare and play for the state championship, went on to sell two-million copies and spawn a successful film and TV show of the same name. ESPN called it the best sports book in the past quarter century. Sports Illustrated named it the 4th best sports book of all time. And when it was all said and done, Buzz just got sick of hearing about it.
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Philadelphia magazine contributor and author of Friday Night Lights Buzz Bissinger is in the spotlight again this week after penning the much-talked-about profile of Caitlyn Jenner for Vanity Fair. Since the cover hit the web on Monday, he says he’s received hundreds of interview requests. He’s done the morning-show circuit, and appeared on Anderson Cooper and Katie Couric to talk about his experience profiling the most famous transgender woman in the world.
I caught up with Buzz on the phone this morning to find out how the story came about. Why did he get the assignment? What precautions did he take to keep it under wraps? Did he, a man who’s written about his own gender experimentation, glean any insight from his time with Caitlyn?
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Photo by: Jeff Fusco.
Here’s a roundup of what the national media are saying about the Eagles this week.
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