At The Root on Jonathan Abrams Boys Among Men

Usually when I think about Grantland, the late, much lamented ESPN sports and pop culture site, my mind dwells on the great weekly scribes they had like Zach Lowe, Jonah Keri, Bill Barnwell and others.  But Jonathan Abrams was also one of my favorites.  His longform pieces were never less than provocative and his new book reads like a 120,000 word version of them.


About jmartin437

I've worked in and around the world of high end cheese for 27 years. I've been everything from a department manager who hired and fired and trained staffs to a weekend warrior who shows up ties on an apron the middle of a rush and talks to customers and cleans up the place. I enjoy it all, and I especially like my current situation conducting informal seminars about cheese at area bars and in class at the 92nd St. Y. The current schedule is always up at In addition I conduct private events that are perfect to lead off birthday parties for foodies and sommeliers and also they make great entertainment for corporate team building events and associates meetings at law firms. In addition, I've been a freelance journalist for 27 years. Currently my profiles of leading musicians and filmmakers appear in the Wall Street Journal and I also wrote about sports for the Root, and for five loooong years, which included the entirety of the Isiah Thomas Knicks era, I wrote about the NBA for the New York Sun. I enjoyed writing about basketball so much that I now do it here at rotations for free.
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One Response to At The Root on Jonathan Abrams Boys Among Men

  1. Brenda says:

    Hi Martin,

    I’ve been reading your stories on The Root and want to run an idea past you for a new story. Please reach out directly. Brenda [at] urbanallen [dot] com.

    thank you!

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