The Myth of the Coach—Paterno and the Problem with College Sports
November 08, 2012

Paterno owes its success to our preposterous sepia-toned ideal of the coach.

A Gay Athlete in the World's Most Macho Sport
October 26, 2012

For years, the American press has anticipated a gay athlete in a major sport. This month, he fought in Florida.

July 30, 2012

The connection between swimming and growth lies at the heart of Leanne Shapton’s new book Swimming Studies, a beautifully written and illustrated medi

China Hoops
April 11, 2012

As Jim Yardley writes in Brave Dragons, a narrative of the year he spent with a team from the coal-belt city of Taiyuan, the Chinese basketball league

Outward, and Inward, Bound
December 20, 2011

The shadow of Henry David Thoreau casts itself over many Americans who write about the natural world, and although John Casey works here on a vastly d

Nostalgia at Bat
May 15, 2011

Today the thrill which African-Americans once received from—and gave back to—the game of baseball at every level is all but gone. They make up less th

The Old New Journalism
October 25, 2010

Gay Talese is, famously, one of the founders of the movement of lively and literary reportage known as the New Journalism, and one of the most imitate

The Rest of Munich
September 03, 2010

This is not a history of the Black September attack—indeed, that element is given oddly short shrift. Instead, they aim to tell the story of the prepa

Lords of the Ring
August 17, 2010

Introduced into the country first by the British and then their Irish cousins, prize fighting had become an integral part of American leisure time by

Race to the Plate
March 12, 2010

Relatively few people know of a most unusual story, and one that confounds many of our expectations about life in the Jim Crow era. It is the story o