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Mark Hensch

Articles by Mark Hensch

BOOK REVIEW: 'Theodore Roosevelt in the Badlands'

Americans usually mythologize their greatest leaders rather than remember they were merely men. The portrait of Theodore Roosevelt presented by "Theodore Roosevelt in the Badlands" rejects this notion, showing the future president as one who succeeded because he never took his hardships lightly. Published March 11, 2011

BOOK REVIEW: 'Scorecasting'

''Scorecasting" is a book that sports fans should take to their upcoming tailgates. In one fell swoop, it shatters many of the most cherished athletic cliches with hard data and headstrong argument. Published February 18, 2011

Patton Oswalt is a stand-up comedian, actor and writer.

BOOK REVIEW: 'Zombie Spaceship Wasteland'

Comedy is the art of humorous critique. Few funnymen realize this more than stand-up performers, those folks who earn laughs by lampooning reality onstage. All the stand-up greats found their niche - Bill Cosby scrutinizes family, George Carlin authority, Richard Pryor race, Jerry Seinfeld modern society's banalities, etc. Published January 21, 2011

BOOK REVIEW: 'The Alchemist'

Comics are the new canvas. Their panels offer artists a clean slate for sharpening their illustrations and then segmenting them so they achieve maximum flow for readers' eyes. They offer the stasis of a painting and the pacing of a movie. Most important, comics are bursting with creativity. Comics illustrators can cast the net so widely they often land in wildly different universes. Published December 3, 2010