Friend-of-Classical Dmitry Samarov has been steadily putting together new stories and images for his next book, but the thing is: It's really hard to write while you're driving a cab, what with all the traffic laws and overly refreshed 4 a.m. fares to wrangle.
The modern-day closer is a mutant. There wasn’t always such a thing as a ninth-inning relief specialist. And I don’t mean that the popularity of the “save” statistic created a job for game-finishing closers, or even their forebears, firemen like Rollie Fingers and Goose Gossage. Even though there have always been three final outs, there haven't always been specific heroes assigned to record those outs and no others.
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.
The story of four of the approximately ten times a year the author tries to gin up the courage to quit liking the Cleveland Browns, and some reflections on salvation, mediocrity, and Pynchon names.
The most boring story in the history of the world, featuring Jean-Paul Sartre, Mel Hall, ancient Sumerians, Fuad Reveiz, and Tim Gunn.