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Ars vitae and sport

Michal Marcin Kobierecki (Lodz): Sport in International Relations: Expectations, Possibilities, and Effects. Gottfried Schweiger (Salzburg): What Does a Professional Athlete Deserve? From Physical Culture and Sport: Studies and Research, Milos Bednar (Charles): Ars Vitae and Sport; Emanuele Isidori and Claudia Maulini (Rome) and Francisco Javier Lopez Frias (Valencia): Sport and Ethics of Weak Thought: A New Manifesto for Sport Education; Jerzy Kosiewicz (Josef Pilsudski): Social Sciences and


Paper Trail

Germany has won the World Cup. The tournament was record-breaking for Univision, which has enjoyed very high numbers of viewers in Los Angeles, Miami, Houston, and New York. Even before yesterday’s finals, the network had drawn 80 million viewers, 60 percent more than it did for the 2010 games. The New York Times considers the Amazon

Syllabi

Weird Sex

Vanessa RovetoThere's good sex and there's bad sex. And then there's weird sex—a Freudian purgatory that somehow neither stimulates the libido nor inhibits it. In art and life, we're inclined to seek out pleasure

Daily Review

The Zhivago Affair: The Kremlin, the CIA, and the Battle over a Forbidden Book

It is both reassuring and unnerving to recall the Cold War as conducted with books rather than tanks. Both the CIA and the KGB implicitly endorsed Maxim Gorky's proclamation that "books are the most important and most powerful weapons in socialist culture."

Interviews

William T. Vollmann

William T. Vollmann's latest story collection considers death from a variety of perspectives, veering from realistic to supernatural, from reportage-like writing to the ghost story. Bookforum talks with the author about his new book, his FBI files, his ongoing research of coal mines and the environment, and his female persona, Delores.

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Lineage: American Poetry Since 1950

Excerpt

F for Fake

Brian Dillon

What exactly do we mean when we call an artist or writer a charlatan? What manner of truth is in question? Assuredly, an artistic or literary charlatan is not merely a fraud, a forger, or an impostor. Such quasi-criminal categories have their own clear-cut logic: The perpetrator either is or isn't what he purports to be. But an accusation of charlatanry points to something far more fundamental than a simple waywardness with the facts.

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