Michael P. Lombardo and Robert O. Deaner (GVSU): You Can't Teach Speed: Sprinters Falsify the Deliberate Practice Model of Expertise. Spare me the drab uniformity of sport: People who wear replica jerseys with the names of star players on the back strike me as new age versions of Walter Mitty. The nation's most holy institution: Dario Bretin on football and the construction of Croatian national identity. For Mariano Rivera, 19 seasons, 0 hits: The Yankees closer could finish his career with the most games played without a hit. Marc Tracy reviews Fantasy Life: The Outrageous, Uplifting, and Heartbreaking World of Fantasy Sports from the Guy Who's Lived It by Matthew Berry. A villain’s guide to football: Football clubs can easily be used as stealing machines — here is an instruction manual (and more). Game theory and the athlete’s dilemma: Sportsmen who take drugs may be prisoners of a different game. Darryl Strawberry goes public as ordained minister; no longer interested in baseball past. John Charles Bradbury reviews The Baseball Trust: A History of Baseball’s Antitrust Exemption by Stuart Banner. Adam Minter on why Chinese hate their men’s soccer team. Alison Tahmizian Meuse on kicking soccer balls while militias shoot Kalashnikovs.

Leslie Green (Oxford): Should Law Improve Morality? Wolfgang Streeck (Max Planck): The Politics of Public Debt: Neoliberalism, Capitalist Development, and the Restructuring of the State. JaneAnne Murray (Minnesota): A Perfect Prosecution: The People of the State of New York v. Dominique Strauss-Kahn. “Commie Camp” documentary captures Camp Kinderland’s idealism, and its imperfections. Timothy Noah reviews Our Common Wealth: The Hidden Economy That Makes Everything Else Work by Jonathan Rowe. Andrew Dice Clay is on a career roll with Woody Allen film, autobiography, TV show. The Slavoj Zizek v Noam Chomsky spat is worth a ringside seat: It's barely caused a ripple outside leftist discourse, but their debate on theory, ideology and reality touches on important stuff. From the Hannah Arendt Center, Roger Berkowitz on Hannah Arendt’s Eichmann in Jerusalem and Janet Reitman’s Rolling Stone cover story on Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Anthony Gregory on why gun control is violence. Adam Gopnik on Abraham Lincoln and the birth of Stand Your Ground. Is Trayvon sparking a communist revolution? Patrick Wood wonders. The Right will pounce on Obama's remarks on race — bring it. Physicist Alan Sokal, celebrated hoaxer, co-authors new paper blasting positive psychology theory. Excavations uncover 3,000-year-old palace, believed to be that of King David. The end of the world might just look like this.

Joseph Fishkin (Texas): The Dignity of the South. From Southern Spaces, an excerpt from Finding Purple America: The South and the Future of American Cultural Studies by Jon Smith; and Steve Suitts on voting rights, the Supreme Court, and the persistence of Southern history. Allen Mendenhall reviews Superfluous Southerners: Cultural Conservatism and the South, 1920–1990 by John J. Langdale. Kareem Crayton reviews The New Mind of the South by Tracy Thompson. As the North rests on its laurels, the South is rising fast. Wayne Urban reviews The New Southern University: Academic Freedom and Liberalism at UNC by Charles Holden. Louis Menand on voting rights and the Southern way of life. Is the South dragging the rest of the nation down? Allen Barra on why poor white Southerners keep voting for policies that screw them and how this hurts the rest of the nation. John Jeremiah Sullivan follows James Agee into the Southern interior. Prisons are never welcoming places, but there’s something particularly lurid about the idea of southern prisons, at least historically. Joseph Goulden reviews The Fall of the House of Dixie: The Civil War and the Social Revolution That Transformed the South by Bruce Levine. Fortress White America: Republicans long ago embraced a whites-only political strategy and continue to reap their rewards in Southern states. In the South, the GOP is A-OK with being the white people party.