1. A streetball battle in Chinatown.
Nine man might be the greatest sport you never knew existed. A volleyball hybrid invented in Chinatown in the 1930s, the game has fostered an increasingly athletic and competititve following in Chinese communities across North America, while remaining unknown in the wider world of sports.
Now filmmaker and sports journalist Ursula Liang is working on a film that will share the story of 9-man, from its roots in a time of intense discrimination to its growth among young men who’ve known a very different America.
This chaotic, unpredictable, and thrilling secret sport isn’t just the fastest game on concrete — it’s our Project of the Day.

    A streetball battle in Chinatown.

    Nine man might be the greatest sport you never knew existed. A volleyball hybrid invented in Chinatown in the 1930s, the game has fostered an increasingly athletic and competititve following in Chinese communities across North America, while remaining unknown in the wider world of sports.

    Now filmmaker and sports journalist Ursula Liang is working on a film that will share the story of 9-man, from its roots in a time of intense discrimination to its growth among young men who’ve known a very different America.

    This chaotic, unpredictable, and thrilling secret sport isn’t just the fastest game on concrete — it’s our Project of the Day.

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  2. This is Normanthology, a print anthology that encompasses all the best work from across 21 issues of Norman Einstein’s Sports & Rocket Science Monthly. It includes long form, free form, mixtapes, and photo essays from an all-star roster of artists, writers, thinkers, and makers. The anthology was funded just a little over a month ago on Kickstarter. Today, the team announced that it has officially come to life! If you’re in the New York area, they’ll be celebrating its release with a launch party at Grassroots Tavern. More details on the project page.

  3. Throughout it’s 21 issue run, Norman Einstein’s Sports and Rocket Science Monthly collected work from an all-star roster of writers, artists, and creators, who reflected on the world of sports through a mixture of essays, mixtapes, photo essays, original artwork, and whatever else seemed fitting. Beyond the standard scorekeeping and replays, though, this work strove to thoughtfully explore the story behind the game, “eschewing the simplistic narratives sports fans are too often fed.” Now, two years since this online publication began, its founder and editor will collect its very best pieces into a single print volume. Fittingly, it will be called Normanthology.

    Throughout it’s 21 issue run, Norman Einstein’s Sports and Rocket Science Monthly collected work from an all-star roster of writers, artists, and creators, who reflected on the world of sports through a mixture of essays, mixtapes, photo essays, original artwork, and whatever else seemed fitting. Beyond the standard scorekeeping and replays, though, this work strove to thoughtfully explore the story behind the game, “eschewing the simplistic narratives sports fans are too often fed.” Now, two years since this online publication began, its founder and editor will collect its very best pieces into a single print volume. Fittingly, it will be called Normanthology.

  4. Howler is a new magazine about soccer. It will be big, glossy, and packed with original writing and “the most striking art and design you’ll find in any publication being made today.” (That’s what they said, but we believe them.) Editors Mark Kirby and George Quraishi  boast a wealth of reputable experience between them  having logged time at GQ, Condé Nast Portfolio, National Geographic Adventure, and HaperCollins (phew!), so we feel pretty safe in saying this is going to be great. And with talented contributors like Jonathan Wilson and Aleksander Hermon already on board… well, we just had to Project of the Day them.

    Howler is a new magazine about soccer. It will be big, glossy, and packed with original writing and “the most striking art and design you’ll find in any publication being made today.” (That’s what they said, but we believe them.) Editors Mark Kirby and George Quraishi boast a wealth of reputable experience between them having logged time at GQ, Condé Nast Portfolio, National Geographic Adventure, and HaperCollins (phew!), so we feel pretty safe in saying this is going to be great. And with talented contributors like Jonathan Wilson and Aleksander Hermon already on board… well, we just had to Project of the Day them.

  5. A Call for Suggestions!

    This morning the team behind the new sports culture publication The Classical took to it’s project updates to thank, share some new info with, and get some insight from backers. In their words:

    We want to throw open the mic for feedback, too. What do you guys want to read about on the site? What don’t you want to see? Are there any incentives we could add to the Kickstarter campaign that would get you to cash in your Berkshire Hathaway stock and ante up? Do you want to write for us? Hit us with pitches on Kickstarter’s message system, or drop us a line atthisistheclassical@gmail.com. And one last plea: tell your friends, retweet, re-Facebook, post cryptic photocopied sheets of Mark E. Smith’s lyrics in your office break room. We will love you back so much it’ll kind of freak you out.
  6. gq:

    The Classical:
    The New-Thing-We’re-Excited-About Of The Day

    A new, user-funded Awl-esque website all about sports, brought to you in part by the Free Darko gang and featuring several of GQ’s favorite sportswriters. We will be kicking in coins to help make this happen. If you find the video primer as enticing as we did, please do the same. The fellas are calling it The Classical. Read more here. Follow it here.

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