With an all-star team of contributing writers—including Nick Hornby, Will Shortz, Davy Rothbart, Harold Evans, and Jonathan Safran Foer—and quirky, fascinating images of table tennis from around the world, editors Eli Horowitz (McSweeny’s) and Roger Bennet (creator of Bar Mitzvah Disco and Camp Camp) deliver a humorous but heartfelt paean to ping pong, the world's most popular, yet least appreciated sport. Everything You Know Is Pong is a beautifully designed literary tribute to every aspect of table tennis, the true global pastime.
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About the Author
Roger Bennett is the co-author of Bar Mitzvah Disco, Camp Camp, And You Shall Know Us By the Trail of Our Vinyl, and, most recently, The ESPN World Cup Companion. He has written about sports, music, and culture for the New York Times, ESPN: The Magazine, and Time, among others. He lives in New York, and ping pong brings out his violent side.
Eli Horowitz designs and edits books for McSweeney's. After a childhood spent consistently losing at ping pong to his father and brother in their Virginia basement, he now lives in San Francisco.
ELI HOROWITZ was the managing editor and then publisher of McSweeney's for eight years. He is the coauthor of The Clock Without a Face, a treasure-hunt mystery; Everything You Know Is Pong, an illustrated cultural history of Ping-Pong; and The New World, a collaboration with Chris Adrian. He was born in Virginia and lives in San Francisco.
I bought this book for my 20 year old son and can't even give it to him. There are a number of pages with naked/half-dressed women on them, some in very sexual poses (bending over a table, being paddled). Barnes and Noble should be ashamed of themselves for not mentioning this in their description. I can't wait to return it and will think twice about ordering anything from them. I can't believe I even had to click on a star to submit this.