I’ve wanted to write books and stories since I was a kid. That’s always been my dream. But I never had any idea that making a living this way would give me access to such a wonderful and talented group of people. So, thank you to the friends and colleagues who supported me this year — the ones who shared or published my work, invited me to speak, made me laugh, and/or forgave me when I was an asshole on Twitter: Elon Green, Jeff Sharlet, David Epstein, Jen Miller, Alex Heard, Joel Mathis, James Erwin, Jeremy Repanich, Daniel Morrell, Sasha Issenberg, Chris McDougall, Sabrina Rubin Erdely, Max Potter, Chris Krewson, Dave Stark, Roy Kesey, Chris Ballard, Wright Thompson, Seth Wickersham, Margaret Escobar, Andrew Pantazi, Jim Wuorio, Greg Young, Mark Armstrong, Max Linsky, Paige Williams, Dan Kois, Torie Bosch, Rafe Bartholomew, Michael Mechanic, Peter Rubin, Bill Wasik, Tom McGrath, Michael Callahan, Steve Volk, Simon Van-Zuylen Wood, Andy Kroll, Asawin Suebsaeng, Stephen Rodrick, Matt Tullis, Ben Montgomery, Michael Kruse, Caleb Hannan, Justin Heckert, Matthew Teague, Tim Marchman, Ryan Petzar, John Noll, Jen Danzinger, Kevin Smith, Eric Long, Maura Johnston, Matt Buchanan, Chris Neff, Daniel Gray, Matthew Shaer, Matthew Power, Jason Zengerle, Sonny Bunch, Ronald Ahrens, @BurritoJustice, Charles (@ugarles), Rebecca (@rbpb), David J. Roth, Josh Dean, Ryan Jones, Benjamin J. Wallace, Brendan I. Koerner, Bryan Mealer, James Fallows, John Elder Robison, Megan Wendell, Wil S. Hylton, Sean Griffin, Tim Carmody, Erik Malinowski, Christopher Wink, Alex Hillman, Kevin Lee, Mjumbe Poe, Michael Schaffer, Georgia Guthrie, Joey Sweeney, Camilla Brinkman, Bert Hartmann, Justin Levine, Todd Nelson, Rachel Klayman, David Brown, Brad Jaeger, Mark Bakalor, Daniel Dalton, Matt Staggs, Peter Bigelow, Toby Lester, Don Van Natta Jr., Alan Siegel, Luke Mazur, Len Damico, Zack Seward, Paul Clegg, Chris Baker, Jon Mooallem, Danya Henninger, Jane Roh, Erika Owens, Justin and Kari Walgran, Ann Cohen, Craig Pittman, Zach Dionne, Ed Caesar, Richard Fisher, James Tyler, Rob Morlino, Neel Master, Chris Kisco, David Dobbs, Brian Alexander, Daniel Torday, Andrea Pitzer, Nathalia Holt, Bill Gifford, Barry Yeoman, Pablo Torre, Jay Wexler, Matt Pearce, Jeremy Markovich, Evan Hughes, Tony Rehagen, Mark Headd, Jim Stogdill, Jordan Ellenberg, Larry Weissman, Sascha Alper, and Dana Bauer.
There are others who helped me. I may amend this as I think of more names. To anyone who wrote or tweeted about the book or about my magazine stories, thank you so much.
I am fond of you. I wish you a happy 2014.