An Accidental Sportswriter

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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, his 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...

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An Accidental Sportswriter: A Memoir

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Overview

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, his 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.

The experience and insight 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, Lipsyte grapples with American sports and society—from Mickey Mantle to Bill Simmons—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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061769146
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/24/2012
  • Pages: 246
  • Sales rank: 949,163
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Lipsyte

Robert Lipsyte was an award-winning sportswriter for the New York Times and the Emmy-winning host of the nightly public affairs show The Eleventh Hour. He is the author of twelve acclaimed novels for young adults and is the recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards Award honoring his lifetime contribution in that genre. He lives in Manhattan and on Shelter Island, New York, with his wife, Lois, and his dog, Milo.

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Table of Contents

Introduction Accidents Happen 1

1 My Bully 13

2 The Piper 23

3 My Center Fielders (Part One) 33

4 Nigger, the Book 47

5 The Onliest (Part One) 61

6 Uncle Howard 79

7 My Muscle Molls 93

8 Jock Liberation 109

9 My Center Fielders (Part Two) 121

10 The Saint Wore Black Leather 133

11 The Faithkeeper 147

12 The Onliest (Part Two) 155

13 Queer Studies 163

14 My Driver 179

15 Shooting Stars 199

16 The Lodge Brothers 213

17 The Man 229

Acknowledgments 245

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