Once a Runner captures the essence of what it means to be a competitive runner; to devote your entire existence to a single-minded pursuit of excellence. It has become one of the most beloved sports novels ever written. Originally self-published in 1978 and sold at road races out of the trunk of the author's car, reading the book became a rite of passage for many runners, and tattered copies were handed down like sacred texts from generation to generation.
New York City is not only The New Yorker magazine's place of origin and its sensibility's life blood, it is the heart of American literary culture. Wonderful Town, an anthology of superb short fiction by many of the magazine's most accomplished contributors, celebrates the 75-year marriage between a preeminent publication and its preeminent context with this collection of 20 of its best stories from (so to speak) home.
"Great stories and readers, but technically sloppy"
Quenton Cassidy's first foot races are with nature itself: the summer storms that sweep through his subtropical neighborhood. Shirtless, barefoot, and brown as a berry, Cassidy is a skinny, mouthy kid with aspirations to be a great athlete. As he explores his primal surroundings along the Loxahatchee River and the nearby Atlantic Ocean, he is befriended by Trapper Nelson, "the Tarzan of the Loxahatchee", a well-known eccentric who lives off the land.
"I just finished reading it again!"
Quenton Cassidy thought he had left his athletic career far behind as he built a successful professional career in south Florida. But as several personal tragedies and the wear and tear of life began to weigh upon him, he wonders if perhaps he hasn't given up a special part of his life too soon. His return to the world of competitive running is dramatic and revelatory to both the protagonist and the listener, as is his desperate, all-out attempt to make on last Olympic team.
"Again to Carthage"
This Very Short Introduction looks at Africa's past and reflects on the changing ways it has been imagined and represented, both in Africa and beyond. The author illustrates important aspects of Africa's history with a range of fascinating historical examples, drawn from over 5 millennia across this vast continent.
Tonight on the program, live analysis of the third and final presidential debate. Charlie is joined by Al Hunt, John Dickerson, Kathleen Parker, Steve McMahon, Dan Senor, Jeff Greenfield, Katty Kay, Mark Halperin and John Heilemann.
The presidential son-in-law’s unusual Iraq trip highlights his elevated position, sparking resentment.
Trump relied heavily on Kushner's advice during the campaign, and his move to the White House was expected. But ethics experts have raised questions about whether Kushner's role in the new administration will run up against a federal anti-nepotism law and how he will separate himself from his real estate business to avoid conflicts of interest.
"Trump’s Son-in-Law, Jared Kushner, Expected to Join White House as a Senior Adviser" is from the January 09, 2017 Politics section of The Washington Post. It was written by John Wagner and Ashley Parker and narrated by Sam Scholl.
"Holding Court", by Jeffrey Toobin; "Sausage", by Ryan Lizza; "The More the Merrier", by James Surowiecki; "Looking Good", by John Colapinto; "Expletives Not Deleted", by Ian Parker; and "Crash Landing", by David Denby.