Category Archives: American Culture

Baseball, writing, numbers, and my newfound desire to learn Calc

Growing up, I hated math. I can’t pinpoint when the hatred started, only that it was there through the majority of my formative years. As the years passed, the hatred morphed into scorn: not only do I not like you, … Continue reading

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On Chris Broussard, Jason Collins and 30-second theology

You can argue about Jason Collins stature in the NBA (HE’S A JOURNEYMAN!), you can argue about his status as an active player (HE’S A FREE AGENT!), you can argue about whatever you think there is to argue about a … Continue reading

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To win the debate about gun control, debate the real issue

There are people who will argue that liberalism is little more than the political manifestation of a desire for cognitive ease. As a friend of mine once said, being a progressive is easy. It is easy to believe in equality. … Continue reading

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Why can’t I stop looking at this picture?

I can’t stop looking at this picture: For 48 hours, I tried my damnedest to avoid the media coverage of the tragedy that unfolded in Newtown, Conn. At home, I avoided Twitter. In the car, I drove in silence. At … Continue reading

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On David Whitley, Colin Kaepernick and unprofessional levels of critical thought

Identifying oneself as a sports writer requires a certain degree of self-loathing, mostly because it forces you to label yourself in the same category as people who accept salaries from major media companies and then spend their time polluting the … Continue reading

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On Steve Jobs, Tom Junod and the novelty of truth

Eggs and crabcakes and bacon on toast — that was my breakfast this morning. But also, the October issue of Esquire, and its brief postmortem on Steve Jobs, which features esteemed writer Tom Junod’s quest to determine why, exactly, American society … Continue reading

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Ah, Philadelphia before the decline of industrial America

If I had the means, I would use promises of campaign contributions to lure every politician in America to a conference room in Center City. Then I’d lock the door and refuse to release them until they figured out a way … Continue reading

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According to Phil Taylor, the child molesters have won

Phil Taylor has a piece in this week's Sports Illustrated that is equal parts thought-provoking and sad. In a column titled "The Sandusky Effect," Taylor describes how the recent child molestation accusations against former college coaches Jerry Sandusky and Bernie … Continue reading

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Christmas in America, 2011

Joe was halfway out the dealership door before I had even yanked the emergency brake on my car. His quick first-step was rewarded. As far as I could tell, I was the first one on the lot. It was five … Continue reading

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Richard Russo, Stephen King, Scott Turow and the cost of Community

"I do think it’s worthwhile explaining to customers that the lowest price point does not always represent the best deal. If you like going to a bookstore then it’s up to you to support it. If you like seeing the … Continue reading

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