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It s Okay To Like Sports: How Women, Intellectuals, and Artists Can Find Cultural Value in Athletics Paperback – May 3, 2009
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As someone else noted, there is a lot about the author in this book, but that's what makes it go down so nicely, like a smooth milkshake. If you like reading Chuck Klosterman's essays on music, you'll like the way Matt looks at sports, and how he weaves them into his life as a native Clevelander (is that the right term), son of two teachers, and sometime Ivy League nerd who prefers to discuss sports over existentialism.
I don't agree with every comment in the book, but I really liked reading it. Two things that I enjoyed: 1. His numbered list of how you can find art and intelligence in sports (this is near the beginning of the book), and 2. His essay on the competitiveness and insularity of the baseball leagues in NYC. I had no idea that it was harder to walk onto a league than it is to get into some of the city's most choosy bars. This was a whole world I had no idea about, and so now I know something new.
I find it hard to believe that so many people have castigated Matt for his love of sports; I know plenty of intellectuals who still go crazy for their favorite team. But who knows? I prefer football to baseball, and I've heard a few derisive comments implying that baseball is a "thinking man's (or woman's) game" and football is just about brutality. I don't agree with this.Read more ›