E. Jean’s Hoop Dreams

By Alex Belth Esquire Classic, 2016 This week marked the anniversary of Magic Johnson’s 1992 return to the NBA after having retired the previous fall, when he announced he was HIV positive. He turned in a triumphant, dramatic performance at the All-Star Game, scoring...

Asparagus Tops

By Joyce Wadler Harper’s, July 1973 I am on the phone with Robert Kushner, a 23-year-old conceptual artist who makes clothes out of food, and we are having a discussion about what he will design for me.  “I’d love to make you something in asparagus,” he says. “I could...

The Art of Hanging Out

By Dan Wakefield The New York Times, July 21, 1968 Both as a novelist (Run River, 1963) and as a reporter and essayist, Joan Didion is one of the least celebrated and most talented writers of my own generation (“Silent,” B.A.’s circa mid-1950’s). Her first collection...

Monumental Trivialist

By Seymour Krim Harper’s, February 1981 It’s sad to say it, but Frank MacShane’s new biography of John O’Hara (The Life of John O’Hara) is a hell of a lot more interesting for us today, and makes a better novel, than practically all the fourteen novels O’Hara ever...

The Listeners

By Joyce Wadler Harper’s, February 1974 More than one person has suggested that if, in these times of troubled Presidential credibility and general bad faith, anyone wanted to get to the bottom of the Watergate affair really fast, he could just ask the telephone...

Franz

By Pete Hamill Art & Antiques, May 1990 New York was full of swaggering energy in the spring of 1958, when I was living over a secondhand bookstore on Fourth Avenue and Twelfth Street, still trying to be a painter. It was a town where everyone was working, nobody...

The Stacks Chat: Edward Sorel

By Alex Belth Esquire, November 2016 Edward Sorel is one of the finest—and funniest—caricaturists this country has ever produced. Although he works in a variety of styles, you’ll likely recognize his work right away—you’ve seen it in Esquire, Harper’s, The New Yorker,...

The Untouchable

By Fred Schruers 7 Days, May 31, 1989 Rickey Henderson was staring at second base as if it offended his eye in some way. He was standing in the familiar elbows-back, chin-up pointer stance he assumes anytime his feet are treading base-path dirt, but this was inside...

Summers of Love

By Glenn Stout SportBoston, May 1990 In the end, one of Tony Conigliaro’s longtime friends said it best.  “Did the guy ever have any luck at all? Any?” asked Bill Bates, a former trainer for the New England Patriots. “Never. Zero.”  From his Fenway Park debut, on...

The Stacks Chat: Ron Rosenbaum

By Alex Belth Esquire Classic, June 2016 The Classic Q&A: Ron Rosenbaum Though he needs no introduction, we’ll give is a shot: Ron Rosenbaum is the author of seven books, including three anthologies of his magazine work (most recently The Secret Parts of...

The Attentive Eye

By Peter Goldman Introduction to The Attentive Eve, May 2002 New York City  For our forty-two years together, I have been assuring Helen Dudar that she ought to do a book. For forty-two years, she has assured me that she should not. My argument, reduced to its...