Gorant, senior editor at Sports Illustrated, is the author of The Lost Dogs: Michael Vick's Dogs and Their Tale of Rescue and Redemption. The book follows the 47 pit bulls that survived after being confiscated from Vicks' Bad Newz Kennels in 2007. Many have become certified therapy dogs and family pets. The book, released in September, grew from a 2007 SI cover story that earned Gorant the Humane Society's Genesis Award. We caught up with the author by phone from his home.
What's on your nightstand?
I was just on vacation, and I read A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole, and I'm reading The Blind Side by Michael Lewis, for work purposes. I'm putting together another book idea, and I'm using it for structural comparisons. Michael Lewis is so good.
Why did you read A Confederacy of Dunces?
It had come up in conversation, and I had never read it before. I thought it was fantastic. It was funny, original, different and heartbreaking.
Do you have a favorite sportswriter?
You know, I can't say that I have one, although SI has several great writers. Oddly enough, I don't consider myself a sportswriter. I have a master's in literature from NYU, and I just happened to end up at SI.
Will Vick receive the NFL MVP award?
I don't know if he will or if he won't, but he's got a shot. If he gets it, I think it's okay. There's no denying he's a great football player. What I often say is I'd love to see that whenever he gets the attention, he takes it to help with a solution to the other problem. I hope he takes all the good that he might receive and does some other service out there.
Green Bay or Pittsburgh?
I want the Packers. I think it'll be the Steelers.
Piper Castillo, Times staff writer