So where do depressed Tar Heel basketball fans look to ease the pain of their team’s early exit from the NCAA tournament? In books, of course. Will Blythe’s excellently-titled book about the UNC-Duke rivalry, To Hate Like This Is to be Happy Forever has received nationwide attention, with a reviews in the Washington Post and the New York Times.
Longtime UNC Professor of English Fred Hobson also looks at the lasting influence of basketball in his life in his new book, Off the Rim: Basketball and Other Religions in a Carolina Childhood. Hobson’s book was reviewed in Sunday’s News & Observer.
And finally, of interest to Tar Heel faithful everywhere, but especially those living far from Chapel Hill, the UNC Press has just published Carolina: Photographs from the First State University, a very nice collection of images of the campus.