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July 2013 - Brechtian Device Brechtian Device

Football & the Death of the Hero in “56-0” by TC Boyle

Smart lad, to slip betimes away From fields where glory does not stay, And early though the laurel grows It withers quicker than the rose. —“To An Athlete Dying Young” (A.E. Housman) Robert Downey Junior’s character Derek Lutz (in Rodney Dangerfield’s Back to School (1986)) may well have been poaching, with tongue-in-cheek, from Don DeLillo’s End Zone when he quipped …

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