Esquire has the first excerpt from Scott Raab's The Whore of Akron, on sale Nov. 15. We'll have more later in the week. For now: "Lord. This is where LeBron James wants to play basketball, in front of sun-dried cretins who must be bribed to act as if they care about the game and the team. ... For as long as I've been a fan, I've rooted hard against certain teams and players, but never have I hoped to see a career-ending injury—until tonight." [Esquire]