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  • The Reading Life: The nine best baseball books

    The Reading Life: The nine best baseball books
    Five years ago, on the eve of the 2006 baseball season, I put together a list of nine favorite baseball books — one for each inning, one for every player on the field. Such a list was not meant to be definitive (how could it be?), but since then I've looked back at it periodically and thought about the books that are there and the books that are not. What would I change? What would I add or subtract?
  • Critic's Notebook: In Discover Mode

    Critic's Notebook: In Discover  Mode
    For me, summer reading has always been about freedom. Not the freedom to dumb down with mindless entertainment but the freedom to wise up, to be ambitious, to pursue the passions that, during the rest of the year, often take a backseat to the...

    Five summers, memorable for the reading

    1974: Unhappy at summer camp, I holed up in my bunk and read Philip Roth's "Portnoy's Complaint" and Bernard Malamud's "The Natural." The camp might have been awful, but the books were anything but. 1980: In June, I attended a writers conference at UC...

    Here's the pitch from Wilfred Santiago

    Here's the pitch from Wilfred Santiago
    He was a man in motion — the beautifully controlled fury of a great athlete. How, though, to convey that energy and grit and grace on the flat page of a graphic novel? How to suggest the up-and-at-'em vigor of a Roberto Clemente in a venue that...

    "The Art of Fielding" by Chad Harbach

    "The Art of Fielding" by Chad Harbach
    There should be a Biblical saying — For if a new novel, for which the publisher has paid an enormous amount of cash, lives up to its hype, all shall considered themselves blessed — and if that novel cometh from the Midwest, homeland to Floyd...