Topic: Books

March 18, 2014

In 1887, only two years after the English Football Association first permitted “professionals” to play for clubs, a German sociologist  published a book called Gemeinschaft und Gesselschaft. More than eight decades later, a British sportswriter published a book about Tottenham Hotspur called The Glory Game. The two books have more in common than you might think.

March 5, 2014

In 1965, Juan Marichal attacked John Roseboro with a baseball bat at Candlestick Park. The photo is iconic, and still horrifying. The story behind it is less well-known.

February 12, 2014

The new issue of The Classical Magazine features some new contributors, some recognizable names, and a collection of art and essays that are mostly about books, but always about sporps. Don't stop. Get it, get it.

January 22, 2014

Alex Wong is a sportswriter in Canada who has written at The Classical and elsewhere. He also has a new book out full of art and words, and we talked about that.

September 17, 2013

An excerpt from Matthew Callan's new novel "Hang A Crooked Number," which is surely the best book about baseball and a secretive spy organization knwn as the Moe Berg Society that a Classical contributor has written so far this year.

May 16, 2013

The veteran sportswriter Allen Barra made the relationship between two of the greatest and most iconic players of their generation the subject of his new book. But the relationship between Willie Mays and Mickey Mantle was also about the relationships between stars and fans, legend and memory, and everything else.

April 9, 2013

A little over a year after it took over New York and induced a month-long high-five orgy, we're still trying to figure out Linsanity. Robert Silverman and Jim Cavan, two of the authors of the new book "We'll Always Have Linsanity," may not quite have figured it out, but they did enjoy themselves (and learn some stuff) in the process of looking back.

November 13, 2012

A conversation with the novelist Inman Majors, scion of one of Tennessee's greatest football families and author of Love's Winning Plays, an alternately affectionate and savage satire of college football, college football culture, and grown men who wear golf visors at night.

October 17, 2012

David Young's sprawling, well-researched and amusingly scummy Arrogance and Scheming in the Big Ten: Michigan State’s Quest for Membership and Michigan’s Powerful Opposition is a history of two schools at their worst and most craven, but also a backhanded tribute to some not very good, but very stubborn priorities.

September 24, 2012

It takes a certain amount of confidence and an awful lot of living to publish an autobiography at the age of 32, but Michael Vick's Finally Free, the story of his supremely fraught and unrelentingly public life to this point, doesn't lack for incident. What it does lack, though, is the sense that its central character is a reliable narrator.