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  • Book review: 'At the Fights: American Writers on Boxing,' edited by George Kimball and John Schulian

    Book review: 'At the Fights: American Writers on Boxing,' edited by George Kimball and John Schulian
    At the Fights
  • 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'...

    Exploring themes in Chad Harbach's debut novel

    Exploring themes in Chad Harbach's debut novel
    The perfect book for group discussion is one that's challenging but not impenetrable. It transports you to a different time and place, but is smooth enough to avoid motion sickness. It's a book that feels like there's a lot at stake.With those...

    The thwack of the bat

    The thwack of the bat
    Bardball didn't start from a deep love of poetry, but from a swelling revulsion of Barry Bonds. In 2007, friends were emailing scathing limericks back and forth about the chemically enhanced slugger. They were too funny to waste, so Stuart Shea and I...

    Theater review: 'Stories by Heart' at the Mark Taper Forum

     
    For a big man with a plummy voice, John Lithgow sure has a marvelous way of transforming himself into characters of every shape and size. He doesn’t so much disappear into his roles as subtly alter the thespian cloud he...