Eric Nusbaum

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The Immigrant Sport: What Ping-Pong Means In America

I wrote this before I started at VICE. I hope you take some time to read it. 

1 week ago - 7 -
Fiction Alert: A short story I wrote called Crossing the Delaware appeared in this, the Spring 2014 issue of Bluestem Magazine. The story features shady politics, Peruvian chicken, the demise of Shea Stadium, and the 7 train rolling through Queens. Go buy it. Go read it.

Fiction Alert: A short story I wrote called Crossing the Delaware appeared in this, the Spring 2014 issue of Bluestem Magazine. The story features shady politics, Peruvian chicken, the demise of Shea Stadium, and the 7 train rolling through Queens. Go buy it. Go read it.

Autograph

Autograph

Of Anaheim: Why the Angels Will Always be an Afterthought | VICE Sports

I wrote about the Angels and Dodgers, their respective roles in the greater metropolis, the history of baseball in LA, and places with names that start with Rancho and Laguna .

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1. The Cowboy must never shoot first, hit a smaller man, or take unfair advantage.
2. He must never go back on his word, or a trust confided in him.
3. He must always tell the truth.
4. He must be gentle with children, the elderly, and animals.
5. He must not advocate or possess racially or religiously intolerant ideas.
6. He must help people in distress.
7. He must be a good worker.
8. He must keep himself clean in thought, speech, action, and personal habits.
9. He must respect women, parents, and his nation’s laws.
10. The Cowboy is a patriot.

I was reading about Gene Autry for a story on the L.A. Angels of Anaheim, and came across his code for cowboy behavior in film and television — or Ten Cowboy Commandments. I’m especially fond of numbers one and five.  

Autographed Floyd Patterson boxing glove on display at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids, MI.

From one champion to another!

Autographed Floyd Patterson boxing glove on display at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids, MI.

From one champion to another!

Mike Matheny, Little League, and Baseball Fundamentalism | VICE Sports

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You stumble along, and often the truffle dog doesn’t get to eat the truffle … he just picks it up.

John Dos Passos (via theparisreview)

Dos, still the best, even if he did turn into a cranky old fascist. 

Billy Beane Is Not Human | VICE Sports

I wrote about Billy Beane and his soulless, technocratic vision for baseball’s future. 

3 months ago - 19 -

Take Me to Sanborns

An essay I wrote on food, race, and malinchismo in Mexico went up at Gawker earlier this week. 

3 months ago - 1 -