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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 American Writers on Boxing Edited by George Kimball & John Schulian Library of America: 517 pp., $35 Part freak show, part sitcom, part mortal combat — ah, yes, behold the world of professional prizefighting, the face-break...
  • 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......
  • Batter up! 9 baseball books to kick off the season

     
    This list of nine best baseball books by David L. Ulin includes Robert Coover -- and leaves out Boys of Summer....
  • Hollywood sports movies: Do fans love losers as much as winners?

     
    My pals who are big sports nuts love to heap scorn on Hollywood sports movies, especially when the discussion is unfolding in a bar. Their biggest complaint? The films are squishy, full of more easy sentiment than soul, with the victories being achieved...
  • Author Salman Rushdie hardly alone in raising government concerns

     
    Security concerns most recently have Indian officials warning that author Salman Rushdie shouldn’t appear at a literary festival that begins Friday in the city of Jaipur. Many artists and writers have raised concerns and encountered government...
  • Esquire, adding fiction ebooks, goes back to the future

     
    Esquire returns to its roots with a new short fiction series while making it new, e-book style....
  • Shoeless Joe Jackson Seeks Reinstatement

     
    Jan. 28, 1934: John Lardner on Shoeless Joe Jackson. July 6, 1934: Jackson makes another attempt to play ball. John Lardner was the son of Ring Lardner Sr. and the older brother of Ring Lardner Jr. I???m not familiar with him, but he seems to be a...
  • Is Hollywood always in panic mode? Ari Emanuel's history lesson

     
    If you've been reading the gloom and doom stories in the press lately, you know that Hollywood is going through its fair share of belt tightening. Unsure about future profits, studios have been cutting back on everything including movie production......