I’ve published several pieces in The Lowbrow Reader, headed by humor impresario Jay Ruttenberg. Among my contributions is an essay about forgotten comic novelist Gilbert Rogin, whose two books are being reissued in fall 2010.
Several of my humor pieces have appeared on the Op-Ed pages of the New York Times over the years. Here are a couple:
Mirth of a Nation: The Best Contemporary Humor
Three of my pieces appeared in this humor anthology.
Tennis and the Meaning of Life: A Literary Anthology of the Game
(Breakaway Books) is a collection of short stories and poetry about tennis, which I edited and wrote the introduction to. The book is also available on Kindle.
“When Baseball Sprang for Hot Springs”
This piece from Sports Illustrated covers the little known history of Hot Springs, Arkansas, as the site of baseball’s spring training, early in the 20th century.
“Tennis the English Way”
The first piece I published with SI, back in 1987.
A piece I wrote about Little Rock for Travel & Leisure on the occasion of the opening of the Clinton Library
“Love for Sale”
A very personal essay for the New York Times about selling my wedding ring
“Little Rock Rising”
An essay about Little Rock in Garden & Gun magazine from 2010. The story also includes a roundup of restaurants, entertainment and shopping and profiles of four notable Little Rockians.
For the past five years, I’ve written for the New York Times Book Review, primarily on sports but also about history, fiction and memoir.
“12 Innocent Men”
A review of Robert Whitaker’s On the Laps of Gods, about the Elaine Race Massacre in Arkansas in 1919
A review of Bill Bryson’s The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid: A Memoir
“Women in White” a review of Johnette Howard’s The Rivals, about Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova