After all of the praise for Pulphead, I had high expectations for John Jeremiah Sullivan’s now 9-year-old first collection, Blood Horses. It has all of the precociousness (and some of the preciousness) of a first book, including a modular form that requires a bit of patience from the reader before it hits its groove, and […]

For a gal with Cornhuskers and Bronx Bombers in her blood,  who’s been following Ken Griffey, Jr’s career since she was six, a girl who spent middle school in a Sonics Starter Jacket (just like this), and talked her way into an LSU Football press pass, it’s a rare day when I attend a new-to-me […]

Hey team, Apologies. I haven’t stopped loving sports, I just stopped writing about it. Here’s a couple highlights from the last month: The  100th running of the Louisiana Derby. Put a centennial race in New Orleans the day before Easter, and you get some awesome hats. You also get a good race of three-year-old fillies, […]

According to the Seattle Times, On this day in 1908, Jack Johnson became the first African-American boxer to win the world heavyweight championship as he defeated Canadian Tommy Burns in Sydney, Australia. It’s also Boxing Day, and for these two reasons I thought it was a good day to see Mike Tyson’s puff-documentary, Tyson. Tyson […]

Les Miles is staying in Louisiana. I talk about football on public radio. Gameday Debutante got Freshly Pressed. And tomorrow, the new issue of NDR is getting published, which includes one of my favorite pieces of video art: a Croatian re-creation of Maradona’s hand of god goal. Different football, still awesome. Stay tuned, and if […]

Soon after I arrived in Louisiana from New York, a friend took me to Sunday zydeco at Whiskey River Landing, the bayou-side roadhouse between here and Lafayette. Word spread cross the dance floor there was a Brooklynite in the house, and before I knew it, the singer was calling me up on stage. “A new […]

The Notre Dame/Pittsburgh game was in double overtime as I made my way from the parade grounds to Tiger Stadium. I stopped to watch Pitt’s drive, and was pissed off to see them miss a field goal. I was bummed for two reasons. Notre Dame was ranked 4 this week; it’d be nice to have […]

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