Close Read: Ali at Seventy
King would have been eighty-three yesterday; Ali turned seventy today. To celebrate, we’ve liberated two pieces about him from behind our paywall. One was written in 1962, by A. J. Liebling, about his first professional fight. (“Now Cassius, having mixed the mind, began to dig in.”) The other is by David Remnick, from 1998, and tells the story of how Clay became Muhammad Ali.