ROCKET MAN: The Future of Jeremy Lin

Fri, Nov 9, 2012 @ 7:00pm - 4:00pm


As the NBA season gets under way, the next chapter of one of the most compelling stories in sports is about to unfold. Jeremy Lin’s impact on sports, however you look at it, whoever you are has been historic. His narrative in some ways has served as a microcosm for race relations in America. How much rides on his success...or failure. Rembert Browne (Grantland), Devin Gordon (GQ), Hua Hsu (Grantland), Will Leitch (New York Magazine), and Ursula Liang (sports journalist, documentary filmmaker) consider Lin's cultural meaning and importance separate from his performance on the basketball floor. Every happy story in sports has a come-back-to-earth phase. What will Jeremy Lin's look like?


Join us for a lively talk with Devin Gordon, Articles Editor GQ Magazine, Hua Hsu writer for Grantland and Will Leitch writer of ROCKET MAN, the recent article that featured Jeremy Lin, the first Asian American to grace a GQ cover:




Rembert Browne is a 25-year old writer from Atlanta, currently living in New York City. Once an Urban Planning graduate student, he jumped at the opportunity to leave for a chance to contribute at Now a staff writer, when he's not fulfilling his duties writing about culture, sports, and occasionally the intersection of the two, he's wandering around all five boroughs, looking for WiFi, somewhere to charge his phone, and someone to lose to in basketball and tennis.


Devin Gordon is the articles editor for GQ Magazine, where he covers sports, culture, politics, and just about every other subject in the men's monthly universe. In addition to his editing duties, he wrote GQ's September 2012 cover story about Tim Tebow. Prior to joining GQ, Gordon spent more than a decade at Newsweek Magazine, writing several cover stories on sports and popular culture before shifting into news editing ahead of the 2008 presidential election, during which he ran the magazine's front-of-book section and received a National Magazine Award nomination for "best magazine section" in 2009. He also served as the editor of before leaving for GQ in May 2010. Gordon earned a bachelors degree in English from Duke University and is originally from Peekskill, NY. He now lives in Brooklyn with his wife and daughter. Follow him on Twitter @devingo913.


Hua Hsu teaches at Vassar College. His work has appeared in the Atlantic (for whom he used to blog), Artforum, Grantland, New York and Slate. He is currently finishing his first book, A Floating Chinaman. He is a board member of the Asian American Writers Workshop. Follow him on twitter @huahsu.


Will Leitch is a contributing editor for New York magazine. He is also a regular contributor for GQ, Sports on Earth, The Wall Street Journal and Sporting News. Prior to joining New York Magazine, Leitch was the founding editor of Deadspin, which he launched in September 2005 and guided to its position as the most widely read independent sports blog. He left Deadspin in July 2008 but still regularly contributes to the site and Gawker, most notably as a film critic. He has also contributed to The New York Times, Esquire, The Atlantic, Fast Company, Parade, Glamour and The Nation. He is the author of four books: "Are We Winning: Fathers and Sons and the New Golden Age of Baseball" (2010), "God Save The Fan" (2008), "Catch" (2005) and "Life As a Loser" (2003). He earned a bachelor's degree in print journalism from the University of Illinois and is originally from Mattoon, Ill. He now lives in Brooklyn with his wife and son. Follow him on Twitter @williamfleitch.


Ursula Liang is a producer for "UFC Primetime" and "UFC Countdown". As a writer/reporter for ESPN The Magazine, she wrote about Wat Misaka and covered the arrival of Wang ZhiZhi and Yao Ming in Texas. Liang grew up in Newton, MA and lives in The Bronx, NY. She is currently working on a documentary about a streetball sport in Chinatown (



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