Edward Cossette, author of the fine Red Sox blog, Bambino's Curse has an especially good post today. Ed and I are kindred spirits. Even though he's a stinkin' Sox fan and I root for the lousy Yankees, we share similar sensibilities about art, music, and literature, which of course, effects how we write about baseball.
Today Ed writes about the literary tendecies of Red Sox Nation (check out the linked articles by Simmons and Boswell too):
I'd love to teach a survey course called "English 1918: The Red Sox as Tragic Hero." A sample essay question on the midterm might be: "Which of the following literary characters best exemplifies the Red Sox fan experience. Odysseus from Homer's The Odyssey; Joe Christmas from Faulkner's A Light in August; Ned in Cheever's short story The Swimmer."
The "Myth of Sisyphus" by Albert Camus would be required reading of course.