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August 15-22, 2011 | The Nation

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August 15-22, 2011

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Noam Chomsky on the spectacle of sports, Dave Zirin and David Meggyesy on the NFL lockout and Victor Navasky on Babe Ruth.

Letters

The DSK dossier; more jobs = higher GDP.

Editorials

Rupert Murdoch is far from blameless—but he’s merely a symptom of the real disease: so much power in a single media corporation.

Take a dollar from working stiffs who need government, take a dollar from the super-rich who don’t need a tax break. How fair is that?

Racism, not multiculturalism, poses the real threat to Europe’s future.

Columns

A bet on a horse in the 1949 Grand National resulted in the largest collective transfer of wealth ever to communism's stalwarts in Britain.

Birth control is lifesaving medicine. Yet the myth that it is “controversial” persists.

Articles

Jock Culture is a distortion of sports.

Numerous cities are littered with “downtown catalysts” that failed to catalyze.

Roller Derby marries an underground vibe with the fun of athletic competition.

Make no mistake about it: the owners lost.

Football players from the 1980s and 1990s are turning up dead.

The National Basketball Association lockout isn't about losses. It's about breaking the union.

The general public is a lot more knowledgable about matters of sports labor issues, and everything else, than it was a decade ago.

Sports radio show how people want to use their intelligence in complex discussions.

So what does sell women's sports?

Why does the sports world remain fiercely hostile to open participation by LGBT athletes?

Of the top fifteen men's players in the world, seven of them are Egyptian, and the women's side is not far behind.

Athletes need to realize that they can shape their own image much more successfully than athletes of previous generations.

Books & the Arts

Art

This year's edition of the Venice Biennale sinks under sprawl and overfamiliarity.

Poetry

The Midlands poet Roy Fisher has never aspired to a readership. All the more reason to welcome his Selected Poems.

Book

Isaac Casaubon was a model citizen of the republic of letters—a community more durable than any church and broader than academia.