• The Essence of Beeing

As a result of fundamentally different creative processes, two former Reader colleagues have just published books about sports. Mike Lenehan worked four years researching and writing Ramblers. Ted Cox reread old essays and culled the cream to come up with 1,001 Days in the Bleachers, but the anthology represents a quarter century of his sportswriting for the Reader.

To the satisfaction of both writers, their books will occupy shelf space in libraries. A library is what for authors passes as an afterlife—the place where, after the writer’s dead and buried and the book’s remaindered, the name and the work live on. Truth be told, libraries these days are known to box up seldom-circulated books and throw them out in favor of more space for computer terminals. But we won’t dwell on that.