Philip Roth, American literary titan. He's prolific, evocative, and controversial. LeBron James, American basketball titan. He's prolific, evocative, and controversial. Scott Raab, occasional Deadspin contributor. He hates LeBron James and loves Philip Roth.

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So when it came time for Raab to find someone to blurb his book, he asked Roth, who knows some things about sports' significance in the lives of men. But Roth said no. Learn why, on this week's excerpt from Slate's Hang Up and Listen podcast.

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