Kyle Beachy discusses his new memoir, THE MOST FUN THING.
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He could spin a Spalding between those eight digits faster and smoother than anyone. ...more
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Poet brian g. gilmore discusses his newest collection, COME SEE ABOUT ME, MARVIN.
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But this is We Ride Upon Sticks : someone’s perm falls out, someone becomes prom queen. ...more
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Ivy Pochoda discusses her newest novel, THESE WOMEN.
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Natalie Diaz discusses her new collection, POSTCOLONIAL LOVE POEM.
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It’s a strange thing, seeing a reliable machine fail. Seeing a hero crash to earth. ...more
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How did South Bend become so central to women’s boxing in the ’50s? ...more
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Hannah Ensor discusses her debut poetry collection, LOVE DREAM WITH TELEVISION.
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There is at least one monster on every team. ...more
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When the air turns cool, and the leaves turn color. ...more
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Girls can’t play baseball… and Woofy was just a girl. ...more
Dana Czapnik discusses her debut novel, THE FALCONER.
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“So go! Go forth into the world!”
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Eileen G’Sell discusses her debut collection,
Life After Rugby, how and why she chose her book’s title, and challenging gender categories. ...more
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Sridhar Pappu discusses his first book,
The Year of the Pitcher, writing it over six years, and the roots of his baseball fandom. ...more
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At Hyperallergic, Gretta Louw reviews a new exhibit in Berlin, Contesting/Contexting SPORT. The transdisciplinary exhibit seeks to address the gross fallacy that professional sports can be removed from the politics of race, gender, and policed bodies.
It’s no surprise that a lot of us are sports junkies. Over at AnOther, Kate Little gives us the lowdown on Picasso, Hemingway, and Frank Stella and their favorite sporting pastimes.
Slate’s Rebecca Onion and Andrew Kahn analyze the overwhelming maleness of both the subjects and authors of history books, discussing their findings with book publishers: Our data set revealed some answers about the publishing of popular history that we expected: Authors are largely male, biographical subjects too; “uncle books” make up a third of the […]
I had come in search of the meaning of synchronized swimming in modern America. Over the course of a week, I had gotten bored with the human body’s physical excellence. Maybe that was because, despite the spectacle at this level, even flawlessness becomes mundane. Without the threat of failure, watching people perfectly execute the seemingly […]
Over one third of the women in my survey had been called “Thunder Thighs” at some point in their life. Many were still haunted by this. None of them interpreted “thunder” to mean “power. ...more
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In the woods, at first we feel like babies carried on our mothers’ backs. We run at the end of the pack with our heads shaved bald as a symbol of our newness. ...more
What do writing and sports have in common? For The Millions, Tracy O’Neill suggests that both writers and athletes are in the “business” of constructing “narratives,” and likens the experience of writing fiction to the competitiveness of sports: It’s easy to fantasize about the published book or the championship victory, and it’s easy to believe that […]
This was the most important moment of my life. I know it because after Number One died I started to realize I could kill myself too. ...more
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Beneath all personal essays, especially those that deal with trauma, a change, or, in James’s case, a tough decision, the implicit narrative is that the author is presently in a clear enough place to produce the prose. ...more
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The Millions takes a look at Rumpus columnist Steve Almond‘s book Against Football: Almond stalks through his arguments against the modern state of football at a pace that is both clipped and highly personal. There is a lot of shame here, a discomfort with being complicit in that “system” lying at the root of his […]
I wasn’t looking at them, but I felt I should have been. It’s an act of bravery, to see and be seen, isn’t it? A way to connect? And wasn’t I, just then, needing to feel something like brave? ...more
The Rumpus Book Club chats with Steve Almond about his new book,
Against Football, One Fan’s Reluctant Manifesto, the complicity of fans in the violence of the NFL, the sports media’s role in the discussion (or lack of one) and the difficulty of leaving a sport you love. ...more
Steve Prefontaine, known simply as Pre to the hordes of teenage runners who idolized him, once said, “Somebody may beat me, but they are going to have to bleed to do it.” ...more
If you don’t watch football but might be forced to watch the Super Bowl, this may help.