Blythe is a Chapel Hill native and is a contributing editor for Harper’s and Mirabella. He is a former literary editor at Esquire magazine. A frequent contributor to the New York Times Book Review, he has written for the New Yorker, Rolling Stone, Sports Illustrated, Elle, and the Oxford American.
He is the author of To Hate Like This Is to Be Happy Forever, which follows Blythe through a season rooting for his beloved Tar Heels and examining his hatred of the school’s rival, Duke University.
For decades in a backyard in Chapel Hill, there was a post-Thanksgiving meal tradition: football. A game in which family became foes, and touch became tackle. One writer remembers it as the stuff of legend.