The Red Sox were “cursed” for 86 years by stupid, racist management, not Babe Ruth’s ghost. Red Sox fans, media, and management perpetuated the myth of the curse as an excuse for being second-rate from the top down.
Books that try to explain why comedy is funny are never funny. As Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart famously said about pornography, “I can’t define it, but I know it when I see it.” Comedian Jack Paar once said, “Who cares?”
An award-winning book, “Anatomy of an Epidemic” by Robert Whitaker, says long-term use of psychiatric drugs does more harm than good for most people, especially children and teenagers, though they helps many people in the short-term.
A collection of sports writing from “The New Yorker” showcases great athletes, events, and the best modern non-fiction writers of our time.
George Will’s political commentary reveals what he thinks. His two well-regarded baseball books reveal who he is: a smart, knowledgeable, romantic, but unsentimental fan.
Bill Veeck was one of the most innovative, colorful owners in baseball history, but he’s remembered for sending a midget (little person) to bat in a real, official game.
To sell “Star Trek” to TV networks, Gene Roddenberry had to present it in terms TV executives understood. He compared it to the Western series “Wagon Train,” which is still running on cable.
“Captain Newman, M.D.” (1964) explores combat trauma with humanity and accurate information. It is one of Gregory Peck’s signature roles, with an all-star supporting cast.
“The Fountainhead” was a serious effort to make a good movie. It’s so silly because it takes itself so seriously. The book and movie are vehicles for Ayn Rand’s controversial philosophy, which says greed is good, and strong people take what they want without apology. She influenced today’s privileged “1%”and conservative Republicans.
Thurman Munson’s newest biography, the third, has the whole story of his fatal plane crash, the demons he fought all his life, and a humanity he only allowed his closest friends and family saw.