The Schoolyard Game: An Anthology of Basketball Writings

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A collection of short stories about basketball features the work of Pat Conroy, Tom Boswell, Ira Berkow, David Halberstam, Philip Roth, John Updike, John Edgar Wideman, and others.

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What do streetwise youth and a U.S. senator have in common? Basketball! From the screenplay of the popular movie White Men Can't Jump (1992) to Bill Bradley's Life on the Run ( LJ 5/1/76) , this anthology of basketball literature summons forth images of America's game. There are 24 stories in this collection, including both fiction and nonfiction. Representative pieces include a short essay on Michael Jordan's legendary flights to the basket and excerpts from John Feinstein's A Season on the Brink ( LJ 11/1/86), John Updike's Rabbit, Run (1960), and Philip Roth's Goodbye, Columbus (1979). Whether realistically portraying graceful jump shots on the parquet floor of Boston Gardens or a one-on-one, in-your-face, pick-up game between trash-talking kids on a hot city playground, The Schoolyard Game is a slam-dunk collection for hoops fans. Recommended for public libraries wanting to fast break through some exciting literature.
- Albert Spencer, Coll. of Education, Univ. of Nevada-Las Vegas
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Publishers Weekly:

This uneven collection of both fiction and nonfiction tries to touch all aspects; included are articles or book excerpts from nearly everyone noteworthy who has written about basketball since WW II. However, one senses that many of the pieces have been added pro forma, like a four-page reprint from John Updike's Rabbit, Run , an even shorter entry from Philip Roth's Goodbye, Columbus and inconsequential selections from John Edgar Wideman, Pete Axthelm, John McPhee and Ira Berkow. Even so, some material is excellent--a chapter from Bill Bradley's Life on the Run ; a capsule history of the Boston Celtics by Bob Ryan and Terry Pluto from Forty-Eight Minutes ; a scene from The Great Santini (which is about generational conflict, not basketball); and David O. Weber's novella "American Pastime" (about racism, not basketball). Despite these moments, though, the book is less than impressive. Wimmer is the author of Baseball Fathers, Baseball Sons .
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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