Rabbit season; duck season

June 2, 2014


To: NY Times book section editors

RE: Selections of sports books reviewed

I guess technically this is still basketball season, what with the playoffs and all. But really, does any other sport begin with the poetry that heralds the beginning of the new baseball campaign?

It may be cliched to say, but it is s time of beginnings, when spring blossoms and wends its way into a long hot summer, perfect for idling over a game with a frosty cold one.

Football may start in the warmth, but it is decidedly unfriendly, between the increasingly gloomy and cold weather and the violence. And hockey and basketball lock us indoors, giving us a feeling of claustrophobia.

By extension, it’s June already; where are the baseball books? You published reviews of two basketball titles — one on Michael Jordan, another on Brittney Griner– in this weekend’s supplement and still nothing about the national pastime since April? Something is rotten in the state of New York.

Maybe the editors think there are so few books on basketball, they have to promote them? I don’t know, all I do know is…


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