1. The Voice of my Dad

    The Voice of my Dad

    I wrote most of this a few years ago. It seems much more important now. And so I added a bit to it at the end. Thanks for reading.

    What is my father’s voice? What does it sound and feel like? What does it say? What difference does it make? I’ve written about how radio broadcasts would help me mute the sound of his voice as he and my mother argued and how, at a metaphorical level, my father’s…

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  2. Our Myth of Creation

    Our Myth of Creation

    This is the text of a presentation I’ll be giving this weekend at the American Comparative Literature Association annual conference at New York University.  It’s also an abbreviated version of Chapter One of my book manuscript.  I know it’s a scholarly work, and long for a blog post, but I trust the intelligence, curiosity, and attention span of my readers.  Feedback welcome as always!

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    From its…

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  3. New UM Course: Comp Lit 100: Global Sports CulturesToday I received the good news that the new course I designed — Global Sports Culture — was…View Post

    New UM Course: Comp Lit 100: Global Sports Cultures

    Today I received the good news that the new course I designed — Global Sports Culture — was…

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  4. The Freedom in Dennis RodmanThis was written sometime in the summer of 1996, after the Bulls won the NBA championship, led by…View Post

    The Freedom in Dennis Rodman

    This was written sometime in the summer of 1996, after the Bulls won the NBA championship, led by…

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  5. Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Headband

    An experiment, with apologies to Wallace Stevens

    I

    The cotton, nylon and spandex are blended

    to provide superior softness, stretchy comfort

    and to keep sweat out of your eyes,

    so all you have to worry about is your game.

    II

    For eight dollars

    you can…

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  6. How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Lebron

  7. How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love LebronMy title promises the story of a reason.  Of reason.  But there will be no reasons here, and less…View Post

    How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Lebron

    My title promises the story of a reason.  Of reason.  But there will be no reasons here, and less…

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  8. Meanings of Manu: The White Basketball Unconscious, Style, and Viveza Criolla

    On September 4, 2002 a watershed event in the history of basketball took place. After 58 consecutive wins, a United States team composed entirely of professional stars lost a game for the first time. The score was 87-80. Their victorious opponent was…

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  9. Poetry and Pumping Iron

    Learned today: Apparently Emily Dickinson was told she would write “stronger” poetry if she lifted weights. If so, is the reverse also true?

  10. A Last Bit of Hoops Culture Awesomeness

    And then this happened:

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