Articles by: Robert Lipsyte

Reopening Day 2020? Big-Time Spectator Sports Are the Last Things We Need

Reopening Day 2020? Big-Time Spectator Sports Are the Last Things We Need

  As controversies about the “reopening” of America loom over our lives, nothing seems as intrinsically irrelevant — yet possibly as critically important — as how soon major spectator sports return. If sports don’t trump religion as the opiate of the masses, they have, until recently, been at least the background music of most of our lives. So here’s my[Read More…]

April 24, 2020 World
When Comedian Dick Gregory Tried to Bust the Word 

When Comedian Dick Gregory Tried to Bust the Word 

One afternoon in New York City in the spring of 1964, I marched at the head of a small civil rights demonstration, one of the few white people in the group. I was carrying a watermelon. It was a Dick Gregory joke. To say the least, not everyone liked that joke, but I thought it was hilarious, a jab by[Read More…]

August 9, 2019 Life/Philosophy