About Me

D.L. Anderson
Photo by D.L. Anderson

I’m a freelance writer and teacher with a special interest in community sports ownership, community wealth-building and how soccer might bridge the two. For seven and a half years, I was the culture and sports editor of INDY Week, the award-winning alt-weekly of Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill, N.C.

I was born in Richland Center, Wis., raised in Asheville, N.C. and educated at Columbia University in New York, N.Y. 

Why does this website exist?

Blogs peaked around 2008, and for a while, it seemed like the entire newspaper industry would be supplanted by armies of citizen journalists. But suddenly everyone was on Facebook and blogs started expiring. I’d never considered doing a blog the first time around, but my experience with social media has taught me that I enjoy having an outlet to explore ideas and people that interest me. At the same time, the popular social media sites don’t appeal to me as places to publish musings of which I may like to have permanent ownership.

For now, I’m thinking of this blog as my own private social media timeline, one where I can post whatever I want without fear of losing followers or undermining my—ahem—public brand.

The upshot is that this blog will become the new destination for things I would typically post on Google+, that unused social site where I felt most comfortable posting wonky things.

You can find me on Twitter here. I’m on Facebook, too, where I usually restrict my contributions to commenting on other people’s posts.

Who do you think might read this blog, other than your family?

I may, from time to time, write posts that may interest people who follow me on Twitter or Facebook. If so, I’ll send out the link. I do a little teaching, and so I’ll post for my students, too. Otherwise, my hope is to engage with readers who are in a global conversation about the movement toward the community ownership of sports, particularly soccer.

Soccer?

Sure. I played it growing up. I lost track of it somewhat as an adult, though I watched every World Cup from 1990 and continued to play a bit in Brooklyn parks and North Carolina rec fields.

Around 2007, I began watching adult club soccer again. Thanks to some fortuitously gained friends and acquaintances, I started reading the literature of the game. From there, I discovered the supporter ownership movement and the idea that professional and semi-professional clubs can exist for the benefit of their members and fans.

We Americans tend to accept without complaint the total control of our popular sports by powerful, unaccountable entities. But to my delight and surprise, there are communities all over the world who have not been infected by this notion, who persist in thinking of sport as being of the people, by the people and for the people.

Anything else you’re interested in? 

I’m interested in social history, anthropology and various strains of cooperative economics, libertarianism, socialism and anarchism. I used to be a serious film guy, writing reviews for INDY Week and attempting to make films myself. Now I just browse Netflix like everyone else. Also, I enjoy hunting and fishing, going to the ocean and going to the theater. I’m a reformed motorcyclist. I have a canoe and I’m learning to sail. I wish my Spanish, French and American Sign Language were better. I wish I read more books—maybe that will change. I’m married. A dog lived with us until she died, and we may adopt another. Here’s a little more about me.

Do you have any affiliations, political or otherwise, to disclose?

I’m politically unaffiliated, although I have several friends and acquaintances who are elected Democrats. I’m a co-owner of FC United of Manchester, a cooperatively owned English soccer club. I’m a board member of Triangle Soccer Fanatics, the independent supporters group for the Carolina RailHawks. More informally, I’m a board member of Orange County Adult Soccer League. I’m a 2014 graduate of Durham Neighborhood College. I’m a member of Durham County Wildlife Club and the Durham YMCA. I have a Duke spousal ID card, and I have a Costco card somewhere, too.

9 comments

  1. Gillian

    I just read your article in the Washington Post about gun ownership and the NRA. I was curious about who wrote such an eloquent and well formed piece. The comment board on the WaPo is an evil thing filled with hate-mongers so I refuse to leave most comments there. But I wanted you to know that I thought your article was excellent. Thank you for adding to the sane conversation about gun rights, gun ownership and the NRA.

  2. Keith

    David, I wanted to reach out and thank you for writing an excellent piece for the Washington Post! I’m a fellow hunter and shooter. I became an NRA Life Member many years ago and I often regret doing so as I watch that group continuously devolve and pander to an irrationally frightened subset of gun enthusiasts. Great work.

    I also question whether the membership numbers are inflated. Being a life member, they probably count me every single year whether my support is there or not, and the same might hold true of people who are deceased or have more than one NRA membership for themselves, which is a glitch in the system that included me for a while.

  3. Kirk

    I wanted to take a minute and let you know how much I appreciated your piece on the NRA in the Washington Post today. I also am a gun owner and published something along similar lines shortly after Sandy Hook (http://www.csmonitor.com/Commentary/Opinion/2013/0117/As-a-gun-owner-I-agree-with-Obama-s-proposed-ban-on-high-capacity-magazines)

    It took all of 15 seconds after that story went live, before my email inbox start filling up with the expected hate mongering. In case that was your experience, I wanted to be a bit of counter balance. Thanks again.

    Best Regards,

    Kirk

  4. Priscilla

    Fantastic piece in the Post on gun ownership/NRA. As another long-gun owner who took up hunting in my mid-thirties specifically because I felt it necessary to at least occasionally kill my own meat if I was to justify continuing to ask others to do the same for me, I appreciate both your attitude and honesty, as well as your ability to put a well crafted sentence on the page (I’m also a writer and teacher, specifically of CNF); I am most definitely the choir to that particular article. My initial reaction(s) was/were “Fantastic piece”, various kinds of pleasure (intellectual, ideological, creative), yadda yadda, followed by the completely knee-jerk response of wanting to know who you were, where you were, and whether or not you were single (I wish I was joking). Definitely looking forward to hearing more of your voice in the future.

  5. Dave

    David,
    Terrific article in today’s WP about the NRA. Your piece expressed many of the same, skeptical views I (and, I suspect, many other firearm owners/hunters) have of the NRA. I’m in the RTP area as well. I would enjoy and welcome the opportunity to meet in person. Maybe over a beer/coffee, round of trap or skeet, etc. Email me if you’re free and up for it. We can exchange hunting stories (ha!). Best wishes!

    • Sergei

      Dave and David,

      You should meet up and begin the planning for an alternate gun owner’s organization, the National Firearms Council or whatever, that would compete for membership with the crazies now controlling the NRA, a new outlet for the millions of hunters who support gun control measures and who want to stop the fear endemic in your current situation.

      Sergei, Toronto

  6. Liz

    I’ve been a gun owner mainly for long arms and feel the same way about the NRA which is an abomination. Personally, I have no issue with a federal gun registry, mandatory tests, training, background tests and local restrictions. I encouraged my son to take all the Boy Scout Training he could and taught him what my uncles taught me about handling and respecting a firearm for it’s lethality. I too won’t comment on the Washington Post’s page because I have no patience for the trolls, and as a grown-up, I have better things to do with my time than respond in kind. I prefer to identify NRA-funded political whores and vote against them.

  7. Lee

    Fantastic NRA article. I hope it persuades reasonable gun owners that the extremist views of the NRA are not advancing their best interests.

  8. Tom

    David,
    I came across your article about the NRA and gun owners in the Buenos Aires Herald, but which apparently first ran in the Washington Post, and felt compelled to find a way to contact you to just say thank you. I thought it was well written and thought-provoking.
    Thank you,
    Tom

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