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Driven byESPN's coverage of the annual World Series of Poker and the TravelChannel's unlikely hit coverage of the World Poker Tour, poker is nowa hot item in American culture. Both of these shows feature a varietyof poker known as Hold 'Em, whose virtue, to television audiences andpoker players alike, is its fast pace and "action" (the number of betsplayers can make in quick succession). Watching men and women who canbet $200,000 on nothing and win has captivated a new generation. Pokerwriter Stravinsky's collection of essays, short stories, book excerptsand poems mines some of this excitement, featuring articles onthree-time World Series champion Johnny Chan and colorful Hold 'Emlegend Amarillo Slim. Likewise, contributions from Andy Bellin andA. Alvarez, both steeped in the contemporary poker scene, will feelfamiliar to the television-bred Hold 'Em aficionados. But much of thematerial, though classic-for example, Mark Twain's rumination on pokerin Life on the Mississippi and an excerpt from Nelson Algren's The Manwith the Golden Arm-are from a bygone poker world that lacks theintensity of the modern tournament game. Most of Stravinsky's choicesfall into this category. The selections are invariably well chosen:poetry by Billy Collins and Stephen Dunn, short stories by W. SomersetMaugham and James Thurber, among them, but they are aimed at an older,more literary audience and will have little appeal to the new, youngerpoker fans. This collection falters because it is unable tosuccessfully move between poker's romanticized past and its big-moneycelebrity-driven present.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Paperbacks; 1st edition
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000H2MWKC
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,417,826 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By T. A Kelley on January 18, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This is a collection of short stories or snippets of books all about poker there are 39 authors this is taken from those of you who have read other poker memoirs will recognize Anthony Holden,Michael Konik ,A. Alvarez and other notable poker writers.Then there are notable authors like Mark Twain,John Updike,Martin Amis,and many others.
This covers subjects from the wild west river boat gambling to the current modern day of world series of poker.So give this book a try and possibly expose yourself to some different authors or refamilarize yourself with some of the old poker authors.
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Format: Paperback
You do not have to be a poker aficionado to enjoy this book. It contains 38 short stories, excerpts from books or essays, all of which have poker as a theme or main story element. With authors the likes of Stephen Crane, James Jones, Mark Twain, David Mamet, Bertolt Brecht, Sumerset Maugham, Clark Clifford, Barbara Tuchman and James Thurber you can't go far wrong. The stories range from comic to tragic, with just a little instruction on the finer points of the game thrown in for good measure. You may not love all of the chapters, but I am sure that enough will entertain you to make reading this short book very worthwhile.
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Format: Hardcover
All of the sudden, books about the inner world of poker seem to be springing up all over the place. My 18yo son and his friends mess around with it for pennies or toothpicks, and I hear them arguing the rules long after I've gone to bed. But now I find myself in the unlikely position of having read three books on the subject, and I'm really getting into it.
Read 'Em and Weep is a collection of essays, short stories, book excerpts and (of all unlikely things) poems dealing with the eternally interesting world of the game. Many of the tales focus on the fast-paced newish game called Hold 'Em. But most of the contributions (from authors such as Mark Twain, Maugham, and Thurber) deal with the traditional more gentlemanly games from a bygone poker era. It's a good melding of the two worlds, past and present.
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