I Wrote a Weird Book About Two People Who Belong in Different Stories

A young witch and a wild science genius—the characters in my new novel All the Birds in the Sky don’t even belong in the same book together. They’re misfits in the eyes of the world, but they’re also weird to each other. And that turns out to be the most fun thing to explore. Read an excerpt and see for yourself!

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The Sportswriter Who Wrote American Better Than Anyone Anywheres

Below is John Lardner's introduction to a 1959 edition of Ring Lardner's You Know Me Al, a fictional series of letters from professional ballplayer Jack Keefe to his friend Al. Those stories are included in the Library of America's new collection. (There was also a comic strip based on the same characters, with…

“Source? I'm Your Fucking Source!” Dick Young, As He Really Was

To round off our Dick Young tribute/roast, please enjoy this excerpt from Keepers of the Game: When the Baseball Beat Was The Best Job On The Paper, a new oral history compiled by Dennis D’Agostino in the tradition of Jerome Holtzman’s No Cheering in the Press Box. Dennis was good enough to let me cherry-pick the…

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The Black Berets: Red Smith On The Olympic Black Power Salute

Red Smith is the most respected sports columnist we've ever had. In his prime, Jimmy Cannon, Smith's friendly rival, was certainly as well-known. Cannon, the Voice of New York, was an emotional, colloquial writer whose reputation, unfortunately, has faded. But Smith endures. What is it about his writing that ages so…

Miracle Of Coogan's Bluff: Red Smith On The Shot Heard ‘Round The World

Red Smith is the most respected sports columnist we've ever had. In his prime, Jimmy Cannon, Smith's friendly rival, was certainly as well-known. Cannon, the Voice of New York, was an emotional, colloquial writer whose reputation, unfortunately, has faded. But Smith endures. What is it about his writing that ages so…

Why the Paleo Diet and Lifestyle Are Not Based in Scientific Reality

In her new book Paleofantasy: What Evolution Really Tells Us About Sex, Diet and How We Live, University of Minnesota biologist Marlene Zuk explains why the paleo lifestyle is based on incorrect assumptions about how evolution works. In this excerpt, she lays out her argument — and it's pretty damn compelling.