Ben Strauss
Ben Strauss
Sports & media reporter at washingtonpost; co-author of Indentured: The Inside Story of the Rebellion Against the NCAA. ben.strauss@washpost.comSource
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Sports doc or Michael Jordan vanity project? ‘The Last Dance’ threads a tough needle.

Sports doc or Michael Jordan vanity project? ‘The Last Dance’ threads a tough needle.

“The Last Dance” isn’t just a throwback to the 1990s. It is a throwback to monoculture. With gripping the world, live sports shut down and most Americans sheltering in place, the 10-part documentary series that follows Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls through the 1997-98 season is the type of cultural touchstone of a bygone era. It is ’90s suits and ’90s music, old Jordan dunks and present-day Jordan sipping tequila and talking trash. Averaging more than 5 million viewers per week for ESPN, it is also wildly popular, often feeling like the fastest-moving two hours during a week in...

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