Archive for December 2013

A Seat at the Bar, with Nick Hornby

A Seat at the Bar, with Nick Hornby
Sometimes as a writer, your ego gets in the way. And since that ego is all yours, it likes to see itself as some sort of lucky charm. You start likening yourself to authors, rock stars and other icons that you naturally want to emulate for their talent or poise. Four years ago I started... Read more »

Derby Is Back, Again: Windy City Rollers 2014 Preview

Derby Is Back, Again: Windy City Rollers 2014 Preview
Roller derby returns to Chicago this Saturday at a more intimate spot for the Windy City Rollers’ 2013-2014 season opener. The Broadway Armory, which holds around 900, was once a venue for skating events as long ago as the 1920s, and is where the Windy City Rollers will begin their tenth season. The sport set... Read more »

Mandela, The 16th Man

Mandela, The 16th Man
In 2009 I saw what I consider to be the best sports-related film made in the last 20 years, and definitely one of the two best sports films since Rocky, the greatest sports film of all time. Before seeing Invictus, I had always regarded the 1981 film Chariots Of Fire, a film about two runners,... Read more »
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A Short Late Night History of Writers and the Drink

A Short Late Night History of Writers and the Drink
Drink. It’s a common theme in everything good that’s ever been written. World class literature, country western songs, sketch comedy, and kitschy magazine fiction all make ample if veiled reference to beer, booze and the drunken experience. Even refined poetry and the tatty wall graffiti in the bathroom of every disheveled bar in America ably... Read more »