A. Julian Salzman
Hope Springs Eternal
There is a magical time every year after the Super Bowl ends while we wait to see what the Steelers will do as free agency and the draft loom. Likewise, this coincides with the long slog of the NHL and NBA seasons as teams (hopefully including the world-weary Pens and my Indiana Pacers) prepare for the second season, that is, the playoffs. As we watch for our neighbors in Oakland to try to make so...Sports | March 20, 2023
Wake up, nerd. Baseball is not math class.
Advanced analytics are killing the poetry and romance in baseball. Everything is now distilled, quantified, and commodified.
And no, I am not anti-data. I want to make that very clear, so I avoid being cast as a casual fan and baseball heretic.Sports | November 21, 2022
Political debates have strayed from their purpose
As they competed for an Illinois Senate seat in 1858, Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas, two of the most significant leaders of the late antebellum period, engaged in a series of debates on slavery. Long-term, the Lincoln-Douglas debates stifled Douglas’s political career while simultaneously elevating Lincoln into the national forefront and heralding the 1860 Presidential Election.Forum | November 7, 2022
MLB awards predictions
Yes, it is that time of year — October baseball — something that local Pirates fans may not experience again for a while, given the inept ownership and front office. But unpacking that is for another time.Sports | October 10, 2022
Warhol Museum premieres new exhibit on Warhol's longest-running project
When Andy Warhol is invoked, images such as the Campbell’s Soup Can, the Mao portrait, and the Marilyn Diptych immediately come to mind. Yet, the artist who famously popularized the term “15 minutes of fame” to aptly describe our throwaway culture may have his most enduring legacy with “Interview” magazine.News | October 3, 2022