Scott Fitzgerald

As a new World Series starts, Ron Rosenbaum remembers the gangster who fixed the 1919 World Series.

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Christian Schneider, a fellow at a right-wing Wisconsin think-tank, has been writing regular dispatches for National Review, in which he channels the view of the state GOP. This latest one makes Wisconsin Republicans facing a recall sound pretty desperate: If both Hopper and Kapanke lose, that leaves only one more seat Democrats have to pick up to retake the Senate. In order to delay recall elections, the GOP has planned to run fake Democratic primary candidates against the GOP challengers, which would push the elections back another month.

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I've been predicting the Wisconsin stand-off would come down to the success or failure of the recall campaigns.

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What should we make of Salinger's attempt to block publication of a slim biography?

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The Athletic Hero

Sport and the Spirit of Play in American Fiction: Hawthorne to Faulkner Christian K. Messenger From the dawn of time, the "hero" seems always to have been an athlete. Gilgamesh outwrestling Enkidu to prove who was strongest in Uruk is by no means a unique example. Perhaps the only trait d'union between the heroes of the two great Homeric epics is their common respect for sport.

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The 60's

In writing not a few studies of literary history, I haven't said much about the new generation of the 1960s. There is a reason for the oversight. I like to write about situations that I have known at first hand, whereas from 1963 to 1973, the years when the Love Generation flowered and faded, I was a detached observer, a deaf man gardening in the country and writing about books.

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