Dave Zirin & Adam Mansbach in Dialogue

Sept. 27

We here at City Paper really love Dave Zirin. He's our kind of sports writer: tough-minded, enthusiastic, no bullshit, and an unabashed leftist who sees the way that sports intersects with politics, gender, sexuality, and capitalism. In his book "Brazil's Dance with the Devil," he referred to the Brazilian government's argument that, by ignoring its poor (and even pushing some out of their homes) and building Olympic stadiums, it would create jobs that would serve everybody as a "neoliberal Trojan horse." And that got us thinking about the bonkers tax breaks we give to TV shows that shoot here in Maryland and hell, it pretty much applies to Oriole Park, too, which does create jobs and stimulates the economy when there are games being played, but otherwise the area around the park is pretty much dead. Zirin was also one of the few writers out there who talked about the April 25 violence at Camden Yards honestly—because he was there—which is to say, he acknowledged that it was the fault of a bunch of rowdy, drunk sports fans at least as much as it was a bunch of protesters juiced up on Malik Zulu Shabazz's loaded rhetoric. Zirin is joined by Adam Mansbach, author of  the novels "Angry White Black Boy" and "The End of the Jews" and probably best known for the infamous "Go the Fuck to Sleep," a hilarious "children's book for adults." 5 p.m., Radical Bookfair Pavillion at the Baltimore Book Festival, Inner Harbor, Light and Pratt streets, (410) 752-8632, baltimorebookfestival.com, free. (Brandon Soderberg)

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