Steve Almond – Against Football
Late Night Conversation, hosted by Paul Martone
Tonight we feature Steve Almond in a special 2-Act episode with special guest, Jon Raymond. Thie episode was recorded before a live audience at Literary Arts, a nonprofit organization located in downtown Portland. Literary Arts’ mission is to engage readers, support writers, and inspire the next generation with great literature.
Act 1: Jon Raymond reads from a novel-in-progress and Steve Almond reads from his recently released book, Against Football: A Reluctant Fan’s Manifesto (Melville House).
Act 2: Paul speaks with Jon and Steve about violence in sports and culture.
The intention of the book is not to start a boycott; it’s not to start a movement to ban the game . . . what I’m trying to do is get people to be in a state of moral struggle.
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About our guests
JON RAYMOND lives in Portland and claims to not know the difference between a two-point conversion and a field goal. He is the author of the novels The Half-Life and Rain Dragon, and the short story collection, Livability, a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writer’s selection, and winner of the Oregon Book Award. He is also the writer of the film Meek’s Cutoff and cowriter of the films Old Joy and Wendy and Lucy, both based on his short fiction. He is also cowriter of the HBO miniseries Mildred Pierce, winner of five Emmy Awards. He is an editor of Plazm Magazine and a contributing editor to Tin House Magazine. His writing has appeared in Tin House, The Village Voice, Bookforum, Artforum, and many other publications.
STEVE ALMOND was raised in Palo Alto, California, and was a newspaper reporter in Texas and Florida before writing his first book, the story collection My Life in Heavy Metal. His second book, Candy Freak, was a New York Timesbestseller, was named the Booksense Adult Nonfiction Book of the Year, and won the American Library Association Alex Award. His short fiction has been included in The Best American Short Stories and Pushcart Prize anthologies, and he writes commentary and journalism regularly for The New York Times, The Boston Globe, and The Los Angeles Times. Almond lives outside Boston with his wife and three children.