Frankly, I’ve received an unfair amount of credit and attention for my affiliation with TNB over the years, particularly lately. Yes, I’ve brought some great writers on board, and I’ve done my share of recruiting, and spreading the word, but Executive Editor? Really? I’m thrilled and honored to have this title, but I always feel a little guilty wearing it, because what I do for TNB is so easy, and such a pleasure, that my title hardly feels earned.

So, on the fifth anniversary of this lovely experiment, I’d like to give a shout out to all the people who really deserve the credit, the folks who do the heavy lifting, whose dedication, and sweat, and belief, and dogged determination to work for free, makes TNB such a success.

Me, I’m mostly shooting my mouth off at parties, and offering deserving writers a platform. Meanwhile, people like Greg Olear, and Megan DiLullo, and Slade Ham, and Richard Cox, and Joe Daly, and Gina Frangello, and Shya Scanlon, and Leah Tallon, and Quenby Moone, and Erica Rae, and J.M. Blaine, and Zara Potts, and Rich Ferguson, and Milo Martin, and Uchi Ogbuji, and Wendy Chin-Tanner, and Aaron Snyder, and Duke Haney, and and and. . . and who am I forgetting? Oh yeah, that Brad guy.

I wish I could buy all of you a beer right now! Thanks for letting me be a part of this amazing community, I can’t tell you what it has meant to my career, and more importantly, to my life as an artist. I’m so proud to be affiliated with each and every one of you, and collectively at The Nervous Breakdown. Here’s to the next five years and beyond!

Hugs (those beers are coming),


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JONATHAN EVISON is the author of All About Lulu, which won the 2009 Washington State Book Award, and the bestselling West of Here (2011). In 2009, he received a fellowship from the Christopher Isherwood Foundation. He is the executive editor of The Nervous Breakdown, and an advisory editor at Knock. He blogs at Three Guys, One Book. He especially likes rabbits and beer.

13 responses to “TNB at 5: We’re Getting Old”

  1. Zara Potts says:

    I’m raising a glass to you, J.E.
    What a fantastic community to be a part of.
    Thanks for the shout out – you guys mean more to me than I could ever properly express.

    Maybe I’ll go write a post about it…

  2. Cheers! Here’s to another five years.

  3. Irene Zion says:

    I’m thinking you should be wearing a tie in your gravatar since you have that title and all….

  4. Gloria says:

    I’m a huge fan of IPAs and big, skunky beers.

    Cheers to you, Jonathan!

  5. Quincy Moore says:

    WOW! A toast to all of us!! THREE CHEERS FOR TNB!

  6. Quenby Moone says:

    Heh. I forgot to change my name back to Quenby after replying to Braf Listif.

  7. So great to be a part of the TNB team with you, Jonathan. Onward and upward, my friend!

  8. Joe Daly says:


    What a great post- thanks back atya, and here’s looking forward to meeting up at one of these TNB thingies to celebrate accordingly!

  9. Greg Olear says:

    Amen, brother. And I’d like to buy you a beer for bringing me here in the first place.

    We need a TNBeerfest, so we can have a TNBender.

  10. jmblaine says:

    Mr. Evison,
    I remember you, sir.
    Come round more often, now.
    You are missed.

  11. D.R. Haney says:

    BEN! You forgot BEN!

    (Of course I wouldn’t be here in the first place, if not for you, so thanks for that, as well as for the mention.)

  12. Slade Ham says:

    I’m in for a pint. Slainte, Evison.

  13. Thanks, JE. That beerfest is in order, all right. It can be a mutual, we-all-owe-each-other-beers-so-let’s-just-get-soused, admiration society bender. (Though in some of our cases, the middle-aged edition.) xx.

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