I am a professor in the Department of Comparative Literature and the Residential College at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
I think, teach, and write about sports, literature, philosophy and the arts as equipment for living.
In my teaching and writing, I creatively explore and convey how we can, by critically engaging these spheres of human experience, enhance the enjoyment we derive from them, deepen our understanding of their role in society, and develop our ability to read and to invent the kinds of stories—about ourselves, others, and the world we live in—that can make that world a little bit better. Here are some of the courses I’ve taught at Michigan.
I have published in various academic journals and online venues such as Salon and The Classical. And I am currently working on a book entitled Ball Don’t Lie! Myth, Genealogy and Invention in the Cultures of Basketball. But here’s a list of other things I’ve published.
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I live in Oberlin, Ohio with my wife, Claire Solomon.