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The challenging art of stylish football writing

TweetOn Tuesday I write about developments in sports media, and occasionally step back in time to a different era in sports journalism. This week I am devoting posts to the upcoming American football season, college and pro, with a focus on new books and writings on the subject.
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Backtracking 2013: Longform sports hits its stride

Tweet‘Tis the season for year-end “Listicles,” “Bests Of,” etc., that try to come off as more authoritative than they really are. If you read enough of these pieces, you’ll find that there’s a certain “must read” herd mentality to them.
This week I’m referencing a few of my favorite links from the past year in [...]

Midweek books: The essential Ring Lardner collection

TweetLast week the Library of America released its long-awaited “Ring Lardner: Stories & Other Writings,” and I’m hopeful this may spur a revival about a writer who’s been dead for 80 years.
This volume — edited by Ian Frazier, writer, humorist and contributor to The New Yorker — comes in at a whopping 974 pages, and [...]

More Belthian quality comes to the Interwebs

TweetAlex Belth — one of this blog’s favorites — is expanding his curatorial powers with a new feature on Deadspin called The Stacks.
He describes it as a “blog devoted to classic magazine and newspaper writing,” most of it sports, but not all. The initial posts are reprints of pieces by Gay Talese, John Schulian and [...]

Baseball, winter and remembrance

TweetBefore the winter set in, Alex Belth penned this marvelous tribute to his late father and how “his remaining connection to the sport was the two Rogers, Roger Angell and Roger Kahn. They have been linked in my mind ever since.”
The SB Nation Longform article delves deeply into that linkage, what “The Old Man” [...]

A sports magazine ahead of its time

TweetWhenever I read something by Alex Belth, I learn something entirely new.
A former New York film editor and SI.com contributor, Belth runs the Bronx Banter blog, which is ostensibly about the Yankees and the arts and culture scene in New York.
But for someone who has no use for the Yankees and doesn’t live in New [...]

A sportswriting giant: ‘The last of his kind’

TweetIf you love reading about sportswriters of another era, New York writer Alex Belth is a real treat. On his multifaceted Bronx Banter blog he recently interviewed sports columnist and Hollywood screenwriter John Schulian and has been reprinting manuscripts of articles from another legend, W.C. Heinz.
For Deadspin, Belth has penned this enormously robust remembrance of the enormously [...]