Brad at Berkeley

My Drunken Email to Michael Lewis: A Graduate School Story

Tonight, an object lesson for students in the age of social media. (Actually, I’m surprised this story has remained ‘off blog’ for so long since my friends are ever-so-happy to hear it told.) In 1999, I worked as a teaching assistant for Michael Lewis while a graduate student at the University of California at Berkeley’s Graduate…

Things That Happen in a Writer’s Mind

After months and years of research, I’ve finally started outlining So Far Appalachia, my next book project. The early part of the writing process involves organizing my anecdotes, inserting them within chapters, and arranging the chapters in a way that will elicit the reader to consider certain themes. It looks like this:

The Workout

The CrossFit Open: 14.1 at CrossFit Broad Ripple

The 2014 CrossFit Games Open started this week, and the CrossFit Broad Ripple competitors completed the first workout (14.1): As many reps as possible (AMRAP) in 10 minutes: 30 double unders and 15 75-lb power snatches. 14.1 CrossFit Broad Ripple, see the entire set on Flickr.

Strong Women

Real Men Love Strong Women

I’ve said this before, and I’ll say it again: Strong women are badass. We’re fortunate that our home box, CrossFit Broad Ripple, encourages and supports everyone who walks through the door. The CFBR culture isn’t about how you look or where you are from, it’s about achieving your personal goals. However, I know the message that it’s…