Kindred, 71, is a member of the National Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association Hall of Fame and recipient of the Red Smith Award for lifetime achievement from the Associated Press Sports Editors. Kindred is the author of nine books, including Sound and Fury, a dual biography of Howard Cosell and Muhammad Ali, as well as Morning Miracle: Inside the Washington Post: A Great Newspaper Fights for Its Life. He has been a columnist for the Louisville Courier-Journal, Washington Post and Atlanta Journal-Constitution as well as the Sporting News and National Sports Daily. He is a director of Indiana University's National Sports Journalism Center. Recently, he has been a contributing writer for sportsonearth. com, a venture between USA Today and MLB Advanced Media, the interactive media and Internet company of Major League Baseball. We caught up with Kindred on Oct. 25 from his home in Carlock, Ill.
What's on your nightstand?
The Wife of Martin Guerre by Janet Lewis. It's spare, sparkling writing that belies the depth of the moral questions asked and almost answered. I knew this was one of those overlooked classics that anybody who cares about writing should read and study.
As a young man, was there one writer who inspired you to get into the business?
Red Smith, who not only went everywhere, but had fun telling us about the people and places.
What's your prediction for this year's NFL season?
The New York Giants to win it all. And wouldn't it be great if it were the Giants-Broncos, Eli against big brother Peyton?
Piper Castillo, Times staff writer, can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.