Yes. It’s fine, and if you want, we’ll get you a full-time coach, for free. I’m sure you remember what it was like to be an intern when I became editor at the Times in the 1990s. I’m the old boy at the end of the bench now and I’m glad to be back.
How will I know I’m the right person for the job?
Don’t do it. It’s not fun, but it’s the only thing that works.
Does there need to be more than two years of experience as a sports editor?
No. I’d love a full career editor position for you but that won’t happen.
What’s going on with the book?
It’ll come out in August. I’m just finishing writing chapter one, which is the first 100 pages. I still have more chapters to write because you read the book and you start to feel the emotional energy of what happened. It’s not like writing a newspaper story in the Times.
A lot of the writing has to do with the way I remember and feel about the whole situation at the Times. The New Yorker has one of those “You Have to Do This” columns in which they go back and look at how you went from intern (to Times sports editor in 1990) in the late 1970s to managing the Rangers to managing the Knicks in 2011 — and in many cases you go from managing to managing in very short order. I know it’s a long road ahead but it’s been an amazing journey.
So here’s some general advice:
Don’t let your feelings overpower what your gut tells you. Remember that it was you, not him, that broke things off and I’m happy that you’re in a better place.
Don’t get into a fight with someone who has something to lose. You can and should talk your way out of any potential conflict.
You’re doing this out of love. You are not in the position you should be in and you know it. No one’s trying to stop you from doing your job but that doesn’t mean that they get to dictate everything to you.
If you get a lot of feedback about your writing style, do some research. You don’t want all of the attention on yourself.
Write the best, most honest book you can. Write with heart, not brain.
I’m grateful to Bob Levy and the Times for giving me
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