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I just can’t let this go. My distaste for Bill Simmons’ smug pseudo-argumentation has led me on a four-day journey down a rabbit hole of advanced statistics and I feel compelled to share my report ...
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I explain why and how to watch Manu: he may not have a plan, but his non-plan is to know that you do have one and what yours is
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The time has passed, of course.  But people still seem to be coming to this page and I felt that a postscript was in order, looking forward from Monday's events.
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In which i show a comparison to be odious and check a hater...
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My title promises the story of a reason.  Of reason.  But there will be no reasons here, and less Reason.  Consider it more a chronicle of an evening adrift on a roiling sea of inclinations, of ave...
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I wrote this Wednesday morning at 11 am. As of 11 pm Thursday more than 21,000 people had viewed. It appears to have struck a chord (or nerve as the case may be).
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My man! Of course you do! It's what I learn from you and should be better at keeping in mind!
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  • University of Michigan
    Professor, 1992 - present
  • UCLA
    Professor, 1991 - 1992
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Santiago
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Cultures of Basketball. Between the Lines. Reading to Live. University of Michigan.
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I write about sports, literature, and philosophy at Between the Lines. I also authored the Cultures of Basketball Course Diary.

My work has also appeared at Salon, The ClassicalFreeDarko, The Good Men Project, and Voice on the Floor, as well as numerous academic journals that few read.

I approach all these areas of culture as "equipment for living" and think about the kind of emotional, material, spiritual and intellectual work they do for me and for different cultures and societies.

I teach on these and other topics in the Arts and Ideas in the Humanities Program in the Residential College and in the Department of Comparative Literature at the University of Michigan.
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  • Duke University
    Literature, 1987 - 1991
  • University of Wisconsin
    Comparative Literature, 1983 - 1987
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Department of Comparative LiteratureUniversity of Michigan 2015 Tisch Hall 435 South State Street Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1003
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