Philip Roth wrote more than two dozen books over six decades. In his later years, he wrote several short novels about the physical indignities of aging. He told Terry Gross in 2006 that he intended to write for as long as he could: "You just drop dead at the computer, and they carry you away," he said. Roth is shown above in 2008.
Jesse Owens crosses the line to win the 100-meter dash, one of four gold medals he won at the 1936 Olympics in Nazi Germany. The new book Upon Further Review imagines 31 counterfactual scenarios in sport, including the possibility of the United States boycotting the 1936 games.
Best-selling author and journalist Tom Wolfe found that if he tried to fit in with the people he was covering, it deprived him the opportunity to ask obvious questions. He's shown above in New York in 2004.
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Jim Brown, a star running back for the Cleveland Browns in the late 1950s and early 1960s, is the subject of a new biography by The Nation sports editorDave Zirin.
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