Zirin's book goes beyond Katrina and into subjects such as why Barry Bonds is so reviled by the mainstream press, what Roberto Clemente can teach us today, a chapter about the NBA's uneasy symbiosis with hip-hop culture and its attempts to put the genie back in the bottle, the reasons why one should not bring the Olympic games to your city, and many, many other interweavings of politics, racism, sports, human rights, antiwar protests, and the use and misuse of athletes in society. Pick it up. Read it. Add the link below to your favorites.
And, while we're at it, add New Orleans to Zirin's book tour dates. The pertinent information about contacting his publisher is on there, but I'll put it down here for those who don't wanna use the link for some weird reason: please call or email Julie Fain at Haymarket Books. Julie's email is Julie@haymarketbooks.org and her phone number is (773)583-7884. Inundate our local bookstores with this information, people. This is a sports-crazy town, after all. And if the bookstores can't bring him on down, maybe, uhh, the Rising Tide conference could? Just a thought...
James Baldwin once said, "America is a nation devoted to the death of the paradox." In other words, to use the updated version by pro wrestler The Rock, "Know your role and shut your mouth." Stay in your box. If you're a cashier, a Wal-Mart employee, a sanitation worker, a teacher, that is how you are defined and all you can be. Don't think about being a cashier/artist, a firefighter/activist. We endure model/actresses and oil company executive/politicians but that is it.*
Edge of sports, indeed. What is happening in these parts has caused many of us to break out of the box to ensure our very survival. Let's support Dave Zirin in his box-busting reporting and commentary on sports in this crazy world.
*All quotes from Dave Zirin's Welcome To The Terrordome