An Accidental Sportswriter

Author(s): Robert Lipsyte
Original Publish Date: May 03, 2011
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Product Number: Z100030601
Released: May 03, 2011
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ISBN: #9780062008541
Narrator/s: Robert Lipsyte
Publisher: HarperAudio
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A longtime sports columnist for the New York Times interweaves stories from his life and the events he covered to explore the relationships between the games we play and the lives we lead Growing up, Robert Lipsyte was the smart-aleck fat kid, the bully magnet who went to the library instead of the ballpark. As the perpetual outsider, even into adulthood, Lipsyte's alienation from Jock Culture made him a rarity in the press box: the sportswriter who wasn't a sports fan. This feeling of otherness has colored Lipsyte's sports writing for fifty years, much of it spent as a columnist for the New York Times. He didn't follow particular athletes or teams; he wasn't awed by the access afforded by his press pass or his familiarity with the players in the locker room. Between bouts at the Times, he launched a successful career writing young adult fiction, often about sports. The experience and insight he earned over a half century infuse An Accidental Sportswriter. Going beyond the usual memoir, Lipsyte has written "a memory loop, a circular search for lost or forgotten pieces in the puzzle of a life." In telling his own story, he grapples with American sports and societyA??from Mickey Mantle to Bill SimmonsA??arguing that Jock Culture has seeped into our business, politics, and family life, and its definitions have become the standard to measure value. Full of wisdom and an understanding of American sports that contextualizes rather than celebrates athletes, An Accidental Sportswriter is the crowning achievement of a rich career and a book that will speak to us for years to come.

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Author(s): Robert Lipsyte
Product Number EB00233773
Released: Mar 17, 2014
Business Term: 26 Circ
ISBN: #9780062079268

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"Unlike other sports reporters who become fans of, and even apologists for, the profession they cover, the author maintains a healthy distance from jock culture. His writing has always been about the intersection of athletics and society, and he's not afraid to question or criticize. Lipsyte also narrates this book, and he has a certain rough charm to his voice. Slightly raspy, it reflects the love that he has for engaging writing and a story well told. He does swallow some words and approaches others with mushy diction. In the end, though, this is a labor of love, and Lipsyte conveys his ideas and opinions clearly and convincingly. R.I.G. (c) AudioFile 2011, Portland, Maine"