Bissinger Promises Caitlyn Jenner Memoir Will Include Olympics, Kardashians

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

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 »

Buzz Bissinger to Collaborate With Caitlyn Jenner on Memoir

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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 »

ThinkFest Recap: Buzz Bissinger Calls Chip Kelly a “Fraud”

Buzz Bissinger at ThinkFest.

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 »

Buzz Bissinger Confronts Michael Moore at Philly Film Fest

Michael Moore (photo by David Shankbone via Wikimedia Commons) | Buzz Bissinger (publicity photo)

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 »

Buzz Bissinger’s Friday Night Lights Turns 25

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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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Buzz Bissinger on His Caitlyn Jenner Story and the Trans Community

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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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Philadelphia to Bissinger: Buzz Off

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Philadelphians have responded to Buzz Bissinger’s request for an apology with a definitive “Shut the Fuc* up” you “narcissistic moron.” Those quotes came from a couple of the kinder comments and tweets directed at Bissinger following his desperate and needy appearance on WIP radio.

Before I share more responses to Buzz, a little background:

After Nick Foles was leveled by a cheap shot from 325-pound Washington Redskins nose tackle Chris Baker, a vicious hit that would have knocked a lesser man out of the game, the Eagles quarterback got up and led his team to victory in one of the gutsiest NFL performances of the year. The next day I wrote that Buzz Bissinger owed Nick Foles an apology. Bissinger wrote a cover story on Foles for Philadelphia magazine where he called the quarterback “soft” and “chicken shit.”

Bissinger waited until Foles had a less than stellar performance to respond and then called in to the Angelo Cataldi radio show to say it was Philadelphia who owed him an apology for giving him such a hard time about the article. And then Bissinger doubled-down on the Foles hate, again calling him “chicken” and claiming he doesn’t have what it takes to win in the NFL.

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