52 Weeks: Interviews with Champions by Dave Hollander
Tired of athletes sounding like Stepford Wives-offering nothing but the most vapid sports clichés-and equally fed up with interviewers whose questions range from inane to rude to incongruous, Dave Hollander, a lifelong sports addict who runs the popular NYC nightspot Arlene's Grocery, spent a year tracking down the biggest names in sports and conducted very unusual interviews. Shunting aside agents, handlers, marketing executives and public relations scripts, Hollander's Charlie Rose-meets-Jon Stewart style produces fifty-two stunningly candid and often laugh-out-loud Q&A's with Mariano Rivera, Steve Nash, Lawrence Taylor, George Plimpton, Rickey Henderson, Bill Bradley, John Wooden, Jim Bouton, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Jeanette "The Black Widow" Lee, Larry Holmes, John Riggins and many, many more. Laced with Hollander's charming and humorous memoirs, 52 Weeks is part manifesto, part sports journalism, part Aesop's Fables-a refreshing must-read for any sports fan.
Dave Hollander runs the Arlene's Grocery Picture Show, the largest annual independent film festival in New York City. He also serves as "consigliore" to the popular New York night spot, Arlene's Grocery. An attorney by trade, Hollander co-authored a bestselling guide to laws schools in America called The Princeton Review's The Best Law Schools (Random House 1998). He has published numerous articles on sports, law and social issues in Time Out New York, New York Press, Long Island Press, Houston Press, San Antonio Current, Salt Lake City Weekly, and Stay Free! Magazine. He currently pens regular sports columns for SportsIllustrated.com and Penthouse Magazine.
A graduate of Newton High School in New Jersey, Hollander set school records for technical fouls in a single season and a career. He lives in Manhattan across the Street from Goat Park named for Earl "The Goat" Manigault where you can find him playing pick-up basketball on warm weather days.