When Roger Parloff has weighed in with Scruggs coverage, he has done a tremendous job, and one that is quite difficult. At this site, I assume that readers have a high degree of familiarity with the Scruggs Supernova. If they don’t, well, they can type in a search for "Dickie Scruggs" and study up to become naturalized citizens of the Scruggs Nation. But when writing less frequently on a subject for a mass audience, it is quite a challenge to describe what is going on without losing the rich flavor of the context. In other words, it takes a lot of skill as a storyteller to keep your piece from becoming just some recitation, some boring, droning tale you hear from the guy on the bar stool next to you, with the particulars swallowing up any larger point, or conversely, with the point hammered at you without enough supporting details for you to believe in the point.
Here’s a follow up, on his blog, of a recent Scruggs piece that will appear in the print edition of Fortune. In this follow up, he discusses some developments that didn’t make the first story — makes for some good reading.