About Paul

I'm an author, entrepreneur, and occasional podcaster. My writing has appeared in places like The New Yorker, GQ, ESPN, and The Wall Street Journal. My first book, The Saboteur, was a No. 1 bestseller on Amazon and optioned for a film by DreamWorks. My podcast, Now That's a Great Story, is all about how the world's best writers tell their favorites stories. I live in Connecticut with my wife, my mother-in-law, three children, and three old but still spunky pugs.

Researching and Writing
Recent Podcasts
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Season 2
Episode 17:
In The Lull

May 27, 2021

Sonya and I talk about the travel I plan to do next month and what that means for today, which is nothing, which is rest. We discuss how I've tried in the past to deal with these lulls in the schedule.

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Season 2
Episode 16
A Battle with More What Ifs

May 13, 2021

.Sonya and I discuss how I'm fully vaccinated and ready to travel—but the archives aren't open. And if the archives aren't open now, what will happen if they never open? This episode, like the last, is less about the physical world than our mental states. There are also practical tips on when you should stop your book research.

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Season 2
Episode 15:
A Battle with the Funk

may 6, 2021

Sonya and I talk about the depressive funk that came over me last week: what caused it, why certain thoughts worsened it, and how I overcame it (for now). If you're a writer who deals with your own depression and anxiety—in other words: calling all writers!—give this episode a listen.

Recent Articles
Handsome Dan

The English bulldog is struggling to survive. That might be college football's fault.

ESPN The Magazine

A man who once stared down Afghan warlords is now transforming NFL stars. This is the inside story of Tareq Azim, pro football's most revolutionary trainer.​

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How one man drove right into the center of a daring and dangerous crime.