One of the most active, and activist-inclined individuals writing about sports relative to society, Dave Zirin is known to many for his co-authoring role in books that make big, vital statements. The most current being Michael Bennett’s Things That Make White People Uncomfortable but notably with others such as John Carlos. This evening brings him here for one of his ‘own’ books, a fascinating account of the life and times of onetime iconic Cleveland Browns football star Jim Brown, Jim Brown: Last Man Standing (Blue Rider).
“Jim Brown is heroic but no hero. Dave Zirin gives us an extraordinary life of fame, manhood and masculinity that is not always a compliment to its subject but is undeniably important. Last Man Standing confronts the three third rails of American Life—race, class and gender—through an American icon whose triumphs are matched only by his flaws.”—Howard Bryant.
Dave Zirin is also sports editor at The Nation and a columnist with The Progressive. It will be a pleasure to have him here again.