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Sport and Society for Arete-Alison Gordon

Richard Crepeau | Posted 04.16.2015 | Sports
Richard Crepeau

After five years on the baseball beat Alison Gordon returned to real life and turned to fiction. She wrote murder mysteries set in the world of baseball and enjoyed considerable success. Sportsworld is now replete with women in all capacities and for that we owe a debt to Alison Gordon.

Lust for Life

Francis Levy | Posted 01.06.2015 | Arts
Francis Levy

The striving to live, what George Bernard Shaw called "the life force," is not as obvious a drive as it might sound.

The Original Boy of Summer Belongs in Cooperstown

Robert Miraldi | Posted 09.22.2014 | Sports
Robert Miraldi

Roger Angell reminded us recently with a long memoir piece why he will be inducted into the baseball Hall of Fame this weekend. As much as his selection is deserved, there is another Roger out there who has not yet gotten the nod.

The Hall of Famer You May Not Know

Michael Corvo | Posted 09.21.2014 | Sports
Michael Corvo

On July 26 in Cooperstown, New York, most of the focus will be on Hall of Fame inductees and a prestigious group of managers. There is another honoree, however, to whom attention must be paid: arguably our greatest living baseball writer.

As a Man Grows Older

Francis Levy | Posted 04.28.2014 | Books
Francis Levy

"I believe that everyone in the world wants to be with someone else tonight, together in the dark, with the sweet warmth of a hip or a foot or a bare ...

Why They Hate the New York Jets

Aristotle Tziampiris | Posted 11.18.2013 | Sports
Aristotle Tziampiris

Hatred and bias against the Jets will not go away anytime soon. The best way to deal with them is for the Jets to finally win another Super Bowl, thus allowing feelings of envy to have a firm basis in reality.

The Top 25 Baseball Books for Your Desert Island

Jeff Polman | Posted 05.06.2012 | Books
Jeff Polman

I thought this spring would be a fine time to take stock of my home archive and pluck out the top 25 baseball volumes I would like to have in a steamer trunk if my cruise ship to the Caribbean World Series ever runs into a hurricane and dumps me on a very remote, satellite dish-free atoll.

Book Review: An Irresistible Look Back on Fenway Park's First Season, Not Just for Sox Fans

Steve Kettmann | Posted 12.31.2011 | Books
Steve Kettmann

Glenn Stout's Fenway 1912 offers up a stunningly rich buffet of pleasures for the baseball fan, centered around the construction and opening of Fenway Park almost a century ago and the wild season that followed.

It May Be Time to Redefine Family

Janet Carlson | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Janet Carlson

It's a funny concept, spending money on gifts for the man you're divorcing, isn't it? The man you're trying to disentangle from financially?

To Honor Baseball's Return, Here's as Great an Opening Day Piece as You Will Find

Steve Kettmann | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Steve Kettmann

No, I'm not talking about something I've written. Below is an article originally published in the old San Francisco Examiner ten years ago this week. ...

The Philip Roth Reader: Both Of The Great American Pastimes

Karen Stabiner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Karen Stabiner

Who are the great baseball writers? Roger Angell, Bill James, George Will (eing a lifetime Chicago Cubs fan has to count for something). Oh yeah -- and Philip Roth in Portnoy's Complaint.

Yankee-Hating Is Sooo 20th Century

Martin Nolan | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Martin Nolan

Pinstripe paranoia, a seasonal ailment, has plagued many of us since 1949. Then, in 2004, came deliverance, along with reduction of sorrow and a fresh perspective.

John Updike's Editor Remembers Legendary Author

New Yorker | Roger Angell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Colleagues for more than half a century, writer-editor partners for more than half that time, John Updike and I were close at a fixed distance--he at ...