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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:...

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Allen Barra on the Myth of Ronald Reagan

At last, a revisionist takedown of our 40th president, portrayed as an empty suit too often lauded by the common people he betrayed.

Posted on Feb 13, 2009 READ MORE


Arts and Culture : Film Review


Allen Barra on ‘Frost/Nixon’

Frank Langella as Nixon in the new Ron Howard movie does his best, but no one did Nixon like Nixon.

Posted on Dec 12, 2008 READ MORE


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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.

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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 READ MORE


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Waiting for ‘42’

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

Posted on Apr 12, 2013 READ MORE


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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 READ MORE


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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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