But this, too, has come to feel normal. I’m writing the book now (How Golf Can Save Your Life, coming out Fall ’22 on Abrams Press!) so my brain takes basically every idea I have these days and runs it through a flowchart to determine where the idea is “Book” or “Not-Book.” The Book side ends up swallowing a bunch of the ideas. It’s about golf, but also history, the internet, class, politics, the environment, laptops, computers, laptop computers, squirrels etc., plus a whole lot of personal stuff. At this point, my goal is to freelance maybe one or two times a month, more or less depending on how the book’s coming (I’ve got a horrifically rough draft of Chapter 4 at this point, thanks for asking), so that’s swallowing up a lot of Not-Book ideas already.
Weirdly though, I’m finding that I have a lot of Not-Book ideas sitting around that have to do with golf itself? Book Golf ideas tend to be big, or at least expansive, and they use golf as a way to talk about all these other different things, and by the nature of Book, those ideas can’t really be topical because it’s impossible to tell who’s going to give a shit about how Bryson DeChambeau getting swole with Kyle Berkshire or whatever in a year and a half.
In all likelihood, this newsletter will end up being an accidental parody of actual golf websites in that I’ll probably spend a lot of time reviewing random old clubs that I buy at Play It Again Sports for $20 and/or shit I bought at the thrift store, posting guides to the quotidian, non-impressive courses I play at, interviewing my friends who also play golf, and then writing about completely non-golf-related shit and writing one sentence about golf so that I can try to convince myself it was actually a blog post about golf. It will be fun. I have no idea how often I’m going to update this thing, but I just downloaded a bunch of old public domain photos of golfers from the Library of Congress, so maybe I’m in this for the long haul?