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Coming Home Again: On Books, Travel, Life, More Books, and the Green Bay Packers

By Rob Casper I feel like I need to write my fellow FBC folk an apology note. I did not mean to be absent; in fact, over the course of the first few weeks I realized how invaluable reading you and writing to you could be. But then my life overwhelmed me: five trips in […]

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The Language of Packers Love: On Fandom and ‘Going Clear’

By Rob Casper Adam, I think you make a good point in your post about those who commit heinous acts in the name of their religion. Which reminds me of the surprise I felt reading the epilogue of Going Clear. First there was Lawrence Wright’s takedown of Joseph Smith for The Book of Abraham, followed […]

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So Much to Say: On Mark Strand, Dorsey Levens, and ‘Brain Fever’

By Rob Casper 1. This weekend was difficult. I knew the Packers were playing the Seahawks, for the first time since last year’s disastrous NFC championship. Aside no. 1: To my mind, the only thing worse than being a Packer fan after last year’s NFC championship is being a Seahawks fan after the Super Bowl […]

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Malignant Mutations: On Family, Jay Cutler, and ‘Winesburg, Ohio’

By Adam Boretz 1. It has recently come to my attention that the once charming eccentricities of my more distant family members have devolved into full blown pathologies. The wild uncle once known for his cutting wit and free spirit has grown shiftless, unreliable, and selfish. The morbid aunt has become clinically depressed and briefly […]

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Sneaked Peaks and Groaner Prose: On the Pack and ‘Winesburg, Ohio’

By Rob Casper Ryan, when I read your post I wondered: were you able to avoid watching football? I have to say I found it damned difficult to avoid it entirely. This week I started to feel like watching football was immoral, was like watching a beheading — and I felt ashamed when I’d sneak peaks. […]

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No Way to Escape Family Night: On ‘Against Football’ and the Green Bay Packers

By Rob Casper Adam, Dan, and Ryan — reading your posts makes me realize, first and foremost, that I am not much of a Packers fan. Or rather, I don’t have much of a problem watching the team I grew up worshipping…unless they start to win. The losses are easy, but when the wins start […]

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