I’m back from my first no-kid, no-editorial vacation I’ve had since 2008. I needed an opportunity to clear my head and give some deep thought to what we are doing here at TCI.
When I launched Red Kite Prayer in 2009, reading content about cycling was popular and podcasts were barely a thing. However, in the 11 years hence, podcasting has become a medium by which a great many people digest content about their hobbies and obsessions.
The success of The Paceline Podcast and the feedback we have received sparked a conversation between Robot, Cush and me. We asked the question: What if we delivered more content in sound form than written form?
Look, I get it. Reading, much as I love it, is demanding. When you’re reading, you’re not doing anything else. But a podcast can be listened to while washing dishes, driving to work, wrenching on bikes, heck, even while on a ride. Given the time demand that long-form work imposes on the reader, and our desire to find a way to deliver work of the quality we want, rather than simply resorting to writing nothing longer than 300 words, we have decided to proceed with some new initiatives.
In the coming months, we will be launching some new podcasts. We will offer some limited series productions as well as shows that will be produced as continuing series.
You haven’t seen much content from me for the simple fact that I’ve been working feverishly behind the scenes on our first offering, “Revolting,” which is a new show featuring Robot and Stevil Kinevil of All Hail the Black Market (not to mention his column for us, “Answers from a Bottle”). My background in recording engineering make me the the logical producer, engineer and production intern.
I’m also excited to announce that we will be producing a limited series based on my series of pieces I wrote on the birth of my son, Matthew, called “Enter the Deuce.” For those who didn’t read the original series, it documents his birth and experience of spending some 39 days in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, prior to receiving a life-saving operation. Readers have often told me it’s the most powerful writing I’ve ever published, and some of the most powerful writing they’ve encountered on the experience of a troubled birth. It seemed an interesting opportunity to explore the medium for long-form work.