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Allen Barra writes about sports for The Wall Street Journal and is a regular contributor to TheAtlantic.com. His new book is “Mickey and Willie: Mantle and Mays, The Parallel Lives of Baseball’s Golden Age.” ...

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The Poems of François Villon

François Villon, the medieval French poet, was a champion of the underclass—street thugs, pimps, gamblers, petty criminals, prostitutes. No poet has ever written of the refuse of society with such compassion.

Posted on Jan 17, 2014



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Happy Birthday, Hemingway!

Sunday would be Ernest Hemingway’s 114th birthday. More than anyone, he cleaned out the stuffy British conventions that clogged American writing in the 1920s and allowed the next generation to find their own voices.

Posted on Jul 18, 2013



Better Off Without ’Em

“It’s too bad that we just didn’t let the South secede when we had the chance,” Chuck Thompson writes.

Posted on Jul 2, 2013



The Divine Comedy

We talk with Clive James, translator and cultural critic, about tackling Dante’s masterpiece. “Dante,” writes James, “was the first to put the scientific attitude into art.”

Posted on Apr 26, 2013



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Waiting for ‘42’

Jackie Robinson’s story has been oddly neglected by Hollywood—until now.

Posted on Apr 12, 2013



David Foster Wallace: A Life

A new biography, “Every Love Story Is a Ghost Story,” has collected fascinating details of David Foster Wallace’s life, but fails to examine his development as a writer.

Posted on Feb 12, 2013



A Writer for All Time

Two new volumes—a biography and an anthology—shine light on G.K. Chesterton, an inhabitant of the twilight realm of the praised but unread.

Posted on Sep 30, 2011



Words From the Right: On Buckley and From Paul and Breitbart

As Campaign 2012 looms large, it’s not exactly clear who or what will define the moment for conservatives—has the Tea Party Express run out of steam? Who will emerge as their rightful leader? These three reads give us some idea of where they’ve been and where they might be headed.

Posted on May 27, 2011



Memoirs of an Odd One In

Garry Wills, the greatest political commentator of our time, belongs to no trendy circles unless the circle could extend backward in time to one of his most profound influences, G.K. Chesterton.

Posted on Dec 2, 2010



The Dylan in All of Us

You have every right to pick up “Bob Dylan in America” with skepticism—or at least you would if you didn’t know how deep Sean Wilentz’s background in traditional American music goes.

Posted on Sep 10, 2010



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