Red Sox Were Cursed by Stupid, Racist Management, Not Babe Ruth
Baseball and Football

Red Sox Were Cursed by Stupid, Racist Management, Not Babe Ruth

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.

History of American Film Comedy Is Scholarly, Not Funny
Film, TV, and the Arts

History of American Film Comedy Is Scholarly, Not Funny

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?”

Medical Psychiatry Faces its Toughest Indictment in its 55 Years
Mental Health

Medical Psychiatry Faces its Toughest Indictment in its 55 Years

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.

“New Yorker” Sports Writing Is As Much About Writing as Sports
Baseball and Football

“New Yorker” Sports Writing Is As Much About Writing as Sports

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 Two Baseball Books Reveal Who He Is
Baseball and Football

George Will’s Two Baseball Books Reveal Who He Is

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 Did More for Baseball than Send a Midget Up to Bat
Baseball and Football

Bill Veeck Did More for Baseball than Send a Midget Up to Bat

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.

“Star Trek” Was Pitched to the Network as Another “Wagon Train”
Film, TV, and the Arts

“Star Trek” Was Pitched to the Network as Another “Wagon Train”

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) Told the Truth About Combat Fatigue
Mental Health

“Captain Newman M.D.” (1964) Told the Truth About Combat Fatigue

“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 Movie “The Fountainhead” Is So Serious, It’s Silly
Film, TV, and the Arts

The Movie “The Fountainhead” Is So Serious, It’s Silly

“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.

NY Yankee Thurman Munson – A Work Horse Among Show Horses
Baseball and Football

NY Yankee Thurman Munson – A Work Horse Among Show Horses

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.

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