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Tuesday, June 3 2014

‘Truthful Fictions’ Is Blinded by Theory

Is the rise of the biographical novel a problem?


Thursday, July 18 2013

Chuck Klosterman Is Making a Career of Evil in ‘I Wear the Black Hat’

If anything, I Wear the Black Hat makes you think about what is culturally acceptable when it comes to malicious behavior.


Monday, June 3 2013

‘Doin’ It In the Park: Pick-Up Basketball, NYC’: Trash Talk and Poetry

The film captures the sheer joy and the sincere commitment players bring to the battle, their mutual appreciation and their deep understanding of history.


Thursday, April 25 2013

‘30 for 30: Elway to Marino’: Remembering NFL Draft Day 1983

The film shows that the men who are involved in this business, those sold or sold and those who sell or buy, all have more at stake than they might imagine on that one day.


Wednesday, February 6 2013

The Pop Culture Death Trap Part 1: The Athlete as Hieroglyph

In a money- and youth-driven culture that seems to understand nearly all human activity as part of a contest, death, like poverty, has come to be associated, however imprecisely, with losing.


Thursday, July 26 2012

Flash Points: Penn State’s Cover-Up and the Ethics of Rape Jokes

This week Flash Points looks at the Penn State cover-up and examines the way powerful people typically go to great lengths to cover their collective asses. We also examine rape culture and the ethics of rape jokes.


Tuesday, October 18 2011

Albert Ayler: Love Cry / The Last Album

Even when Albert Ayler was "selling out", his music was tough to swallow. This reissue twofer goes right to the heart of that paradox.


Friday, September 23 2011

The Bad News Statisticians: ‘Moneyball’

There’s an ugly and unromantic truth behind Bennett Miller’s baseball stats semi-comedy Moneyball that it acknowledges and then dances away from.


Thursday, September 1 2011

It’s Yesterday Once More in ‘Little Girl Blue’

Little Girl Blue is a damning and penetrating account of tortured and tormented artist, Karen Carpenter, and could just be one of the most depressing books you’ll ever read.


Thursday, July 14 2011

A Great Unrecorded History: A New Life of E.M. Forster

All his life Morgan Forster lived in a world imprisoned by prejudice against homosexuals. He was 16 when Oscar Wilde was sent to prison, and he died the year after the Stonewall riots.


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