Bill Simmons is one of my favorite writers and podcasters. I'm not sure I could maintain my commute without that podcast. Deadspin wrote an awesome article about him. Alex Bain weighed in on it already. The article is well worth the read because I think Simmons is one of the leaders in building a community around himself, something that we are all discovering, large or small. My favorite quote:
"Now there he is, atop the New York Times Bestseller list, as establishment a pedestal as one can imagine. Simmons did something incredibly rare, particularly in our fractured, niche media world: He made the culture come to him. His triumph is his own, but, in a strange way, it feels like a victory for all of us. The sports culture needed changing, and Simmons is walking evidence that it can, and did."