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Do you think there are better baseball novels out there than the ones about American football?
Boxing has a couple good books about it, the one that was turned into Million Dollar Baby for one, and also Joyce Carol Oates' On Boxing, if that counts. I think that overall boxing is probably #2 to baseball in literary-dom, at least among American sports. If you want to tie in soccer, there is of course Nick Hornby's Fever Pitch.
Americana is probably next on the list. Any recommendations?
Why do you think that the National Football League has become more popular than baseball?
As I said at the beginning, I think baseball reflects an American ideal which is now an American fantasy. Football reflects what America really is.
Mechanised, militaristic, violent, obsessive, not pastoral and not relaxed. This has been exacerbated by television and media.
No love for Ratner's Star?
Came on too to mention End Zone as possibly the one great football novel.
It's a good film, too.
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