Author Bio & Stories

  • With all due respect to Topps and them, Amelie Mancini makes the world's most interesting baseball cards. The French-born artist's hand-printed cards—dedicated to baseball's victims of weird injuries and ill-advised facial hair—are unlike any other. On the occasion of the debut of her new set, "Marvelous Mustaches," we talked baseball, and baseball cards.

  • Albert Pujols takes a psychedelic journey, asks to wear Jerry Reuss's shirt for a little while. Brett Lawrie tapes 40-ounces of Mickey's to his hands, posts pictures of it online. These are actually reasonable responses to a world in which the Baltimore Orioles are playing very good baseball.

  • It's May Day everywhere, which means that the weather's fairly nice, and that some people are in the streets making themselves heard, while others are running around and breaking things. In Seattle, this proved to be bad news for Niketown.

  • The new Brooklyn Nets logo is reportedly the work of minority owner and businessman/business, man Jay-Z himself. It also kind of looks like something the guy who recorded "Hola Hovito" might have designed. Because David is too biased (and ignorant) to grade it, we asked artist buddies Joseph Applegate and David Rappoccio to help out.

  • Getting to know @classical_ebooks, Twitter's premier out-of-context Classical-satirizing account. Also an interview conducted more or less entirely in _ebooks-ian prose burp-ups.

  • Years after his last moments of basketball relevance, Steve Francis is back on the scene. If "the scene" is a place where a former NBA guard kind of raps about his nice vacations in a faintly Ja Rule-ian style and then makes a video with his kids in it. Is that the scene?

  • In 2010, Dominique Ferguson was a blue-chip recruit bound for Kentucky. Today, after following Isiah Thomas to Florida International and being denied the opportunity to transfer in the wake of Zeke's firing, Ferguson is a longshot NBA Draft candidate, and proof of how dangerous it is to be loyal to faithless people and institutions.

  • Dwayne Schintzius is best remembered for one of the league's most extravagant and meticulously maintained signature haircuts. It says something about the man who named his mullet "The Lobster" that he seemed more or less cool with that. But, haircut notwithstanding, he filled a role.

  • In which two interlocutors are Incepted into Jeffrey Loria's boring dreams, embark on a vision quest with Rob Deer, start rumors the Jon Heyman way, and get a competitive deal on a new or gently used Optima at Shea Hillenbrand Kia.

  • A conversation with the man behind the brilliant Capybaras That Look Like Rafael Nadal about larger-than-usual rodents, tennis sex symbols, aggressive merchandising and the power of frankly ridiculous things.