Critics Corner

A love letter to D.C.-area high school basketball
Feb 18, 2020

A love letter to D.C.-area high school basketball

Sportswriter John McNamara was killed in a mass shooting at the Capital Gazette newsroom in Annapolis, Maryland, but his passion for his work lives on in his book “The Capital of Basketball: A History of D.C. High School Area Hoops.”

Review: Love Means Zero
Jul 31, 2018

Review: Love Means Zero

Merrill alum Josh Needelman reviews Showtime’s documentary film “Love Means Zero,” which focuses on the career of successful but abrasive tennis coach Nick Bollettieri.

Book Review: Shoe Dog
Apr 18, 2017

Book Review: Shoe Dog

It’s a biography of Nike itself, tracing the organization’s journey from a “crazy idea” floating in the 24-year-old Knight’s mind in 1962 to a publicly traded fitness goliath in 1980.

An Outsiders Perspective on Kaepernick
Oct 18, 2016

An Outsiders Perspective on Kaepernick

I am writing this as an outsider to everyday American culture. I come from a place where the biggest social insult is to be derogatory towards the royal family.

Book Review: “The Arm”
May 5, 2016

Book Review: “The Arm”

Jimmy Reed ’13 knows all too well what Jeff Passan investigates in his book, “The Arm” about Major League pitchers’ re-constructive surgeries.

Book Review: Little Girls in Pretty Boxes by Joan Ryan
Mar 9, 2016

Book Review: Little Girls in Pretty Boxes by Joan Ryan

In “Little Girls in Pretty Boxes: The Making and Breaking of Elite Gymnasts and Figure Skating,” Joan Ryan pulls the curtain back on the dangers of both sports.