Roger Angell: A Baseball Companion

On Saturday in Cooperstown, Roger Angell was given the J. G. Taylor Spink Award, the baseball Hall of Fame's writing writing honor. His sports writing career is a happy accident that began in 1962 when Angell went to spring training to write about New York's new team, the Mets. He was a 41-year-old fiction editor at » 7/28/14 8:25am 7/28/14 8:25am

The Lebowskis Who Might Have Been: Behind The Scenes With The Coens

When I was 25 I got a job with the Coen brothers. I'd worked on three movies as an apprentice film editor and got a gig with them as a personal assistant when they made The Big Lebowski. I was with them for a year, from before pre-production through post-production (when they edited the movie, I transitioned from… » 7/23/14 2:52pm 7/23/14 2:52pm

Mike Judge, The Accidental Satirical Genius

It would require uncanny prescience to discern signs of future greatness in a crudely animated two-minute short film from 1992 entitled Frog Baseball. Yet for a nondescript twentysomething bass player and aspiring animator named Mike Judge, that's where his improbable career as one of our greatest satirists began. » 4/07/14 6:32pm 4/07/14 6:32pm

The Comedic Duo of Bob and Naomi Odenkirk

Bob Odenkirk examines the smörgåsbord of desserts that line a long wooden dining room table—espresso cupcakes, chocolate peanut-butter balls, pumpkin bread, triple chocolate caramel cookies and doughnuts among them. Like everyone else around him, he ignores the chocolate chunk cookies with a white card in front of… » 3/13/14 3:10pm 3/13/14 3:10pm

How To Draw Athletes The Ed Emberley Way

I didn't know from Ed Emberley's Drawing Book: Make a World when I was growing up and I'm not exactly sure how I missed it. Drawing was something I could do well from an early age. But while I was reading Richard Scarry's books and the story about Mike Mulligan and his steam shovel, Emberley was teaching kids how to… » 11/26/13 10:16am 11/26/13 10:16am

Babe Ruth In The Funny Papers

My father turned 36 in 1973. My twin sister and I were 2 and for his birthday my mother gave him a book called Great Comics, a collection of classic comic strips syndicated by the New York Daily News and the Chicago Tribune. It featured Little Orphan Annie, Dick Tracy, Moon Mullins, Winnie Winkle, Gasoline Alley,… » 8/16/13 10:59am 8/16/13 10:59am

Ask The Internet's Biggest Television Writer About Everything That's…

It used to be that TV was so mediocre that it wasn't really worth discussing. Then TV got a lot better, but we didn't have much of a place to discuss it. Then Alan Sepinwall, who was the TV critic for the Star-Ledger hung out his shingle online, recapping episodes and spurring plenty of discussions. Today you can… » 12/05/12 1:57pm 12/05/12 1:57pm