"1927: The Diary of Myles Thomas"

                                                                                                                                 Illustration by Robert Hunt

                                                                                                                               Illustration by Robert Hunt

This week ESPN began serializing my first novel, "1927: The Diary of Myles Thomas." 

Written in the form of a diary authored by a pitcher on the fabled 1927 "Murderers' Row" New York Yankees, 1927: The Diary of Myles Thomas explores the real-life nexus between baseball, jazz, and the criminal underworld that existed at the height of the Roaring Twenties, and details the social and sexual insanity brought on by Prohibition.

The novel—and accompanying online presentation, featuring stunning photos and original artwork—chronicles the lives and adventures of Jazz Age entertainers and musicians, baseball immortals, bootleggers, gamblers, murderers, and Wall Street swindlers. Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Al Capone, Arnold Rothstein, Louis Armstrong, Bix Beiderbecke, Artie Shaw and Barbara Stanwyck, all come together in Myles Thomas's intimate exploration of youth, greatness, morality, race, sex, and the meaning of heroes.

“1927: The Diary of Myles Thomas” can be experienced at ESPN.com/1927.

 

A New Genre In Storytelling: 

Real-Time Historical Fiction

The diary and related content are being published along the same timeline in which the real-life events depicted in the novel actually occurred. This includes more than 3,000 Tweets, including hundreds with links to the original newspaper articles. 

For example:

  • Charles Lindbergh lands in Paris on May 21, 1927 at 5:22 p.m., New York time.
  • Myles Thomas will send out a tweet on May 21, 2016 at 5:22 p.m. that contains a link to the original 1927 New York Times article about Lindbergh’s landing. 

Myles's diary entries will also be posted along the same historical timeline; his first entry,    "The Fire Party," was posted this past Monday at 7:00 AM.

                                                                                                                               Illustration by Rodolfo Reyes

                                                                                                                             Illustration by Rodolfo Reyes