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Fall 2011 Issue posting now

We’re posting stories from our fall issue on our site now—one or two per day until the bucket runs dry. First up is Alex Behr’s Q&A with Daniel Clowes, author of Eightball, Mr. Wonderful, and a new book, The Death-Ray.

We’re also running reviews of the books that made the Man Booker Longlist this year, in an attempt to gather an overview of what kind of books get nominated for the prize, and why those crazy, lit-loving Brits get so darn snarky about the books every year. Literary controversies? What a crazy country they live in! First up is Mary Rechner’s review of Jamrach’s Menagerie by Carol Birch.



Brian Holman enters the ninth inning of an in-progress perfect game on April 20, 1990. Call by Dave Niehaus. In our current issue, Andy Stallings writes about listening to the game on the radio.



The main thing I was focused on when I spent all that time in the gym was reaching my goals and working to be the best I could be. A couple of my big goals were to play D1 basketball, play pro, and make the Olympics. Also growing up—I never verbalized this—but in my mind I wanted to be the best to ever play the game as a female. I idolized Michael Jordan, watched all his games and videos, and read all of his books. I did not want anyone out there to work harder than me. I did not want to have any regrets when my career was over. I got my confidence through my work ethic.
From our Q&A with Jackie Stiles, the top all-time scorer in women’s college basketball.



"My name is Charlie Mysak, and I’m a bookseller." Fun, interesting documentary by NYU film student Alden Peters. (via Electric Literature, NPR, and others)

I didn’t want to be like a lot of these coaches in the league that are just like, plod plod plod. So some court sequences were choreographed, but mostly we gave the players the leeway to create and improvise. That’s the way I’ve always directed my films. You have directors out here where an actor can’t change one single word. That’s one way of directing, which is fine. You have your coaches like Pat Riley, and you have your Phil Jacksons. I want input from actors and I don’t treat them like robots. Some of the best moments in Game came completely from Denzel.
Spike Lee, on He Got Game, from an interview in The Village Voice in 1998.

Ray Allen vs. Denzel Washington in Spike Lee’s He Got Game (1998). The game appears to be real.

Our current issue features basketball fiction, as well: Chris Leslie-Hynan’s "Calyph in Walworth."



Growing up, I was heavily into sports, and you’re given these slogans: “It doesn’t matter whether you win or lose, it’s how you play the game.” I realized that was a lie. You could be the worst-behaving character in the world. If you won, it didn’t matter.
Robert Redford’s "What I’ve Learned" from Esquire, January 2011. Redford and Gene Hackman starred in Michael Ritchie’s 1969 film Downhill Racer. Our current issue features an article on the film.

Downhill Racer, directed by Michael Ritchie (1969). The camera Ritchie used for the skiing sequences was state of the art for the time—no one had previously had a camera light enough to be used while skiing at high speed.

Our summer issue features an article on the film by Dan DeWeese.



I went and watched Little Mac KO Joe on YouTube. It took me back: Joe’s worried eyes and bad hairdo over his bulging pecs and six-pack; Joe’s worried eyes bugging out with each body blow; the spongy bleeps thereof. Man, the monotony of the beatdown. But when he falls it’s with this lurching dancerly grace — I want that move for myself!

The more I think about Glass Joe the more I think he’s beautiful. He never runs from a fight he is doomed to lose, and he exits the stage (consciousness) with great style. I’ll take that as a working definition of heroism.  —from the correspondence between Nico Alvarado and Geoff Hilsabeck



An interview with Nadia Comaneci that Keri Thomas refers to in her piece on the legendary gymnast.

Nadia Comaneci scores a perfect 10 at the 1976 Olympics in Montreal. You can read Keri Thomas’s “Touchstone” piece on Nadia here.



Abebe Bikila wins the 1960 marathon in Rome. Will Jones’s take on the feat is here.



Kevin Durant scores 66 points at Rucker Park.