By Stefan Fatsis
In Word Freak, Stefan Fatsis invaded the insular international of aggressive Scrabble avid gamers, eventually attaining an expert-level score. Now, in his new booklet, he infiltrates a strikingly various subculture-pro soccer. After greater than a yr of education, Fatsis molded his fortyish physique into one who may possibly stand up-barely-to the trials of NFL education. And for 3 months he turned a placekicker for the Denver Broncos. taking advantage of remarkable entry to an NFL crew and its gamers, and drawing on his personal own adventure, Fatsis with wry candor and hard-won empathy unveils the brain of the trendy seasoned athlete and the workings of a storied activities franchise as no author has earlier than.
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Out of curiosity to hear myself; but very soon I nojonger hear myself; what I hear is, 55 however pretentious it may seem to say so, the Dasein o f B a c h and of Schumann, the pure materiality of their music; because it is my utterance, the predicate loses all pertinence; on the other hand, paradoxically, i f I listen to H o r o w i t z or Richter, a thousand adjectives come to mind: I hear them and not Bach or Schumann. — W h a t is it that happens? W h e n I listen to myself having played— after an initial moment o f lucidity in which I perceive one by one the mistakes I have made—there occurs a kind o f rare coincidence: the past o f my playing coincides with the present o f m y listening, and in this coincidence, commentary is abolished: there remains nothing but the music (of course what remains is not at all the " t r u t h " o f the text, as i f I had rediscovered the " t r u e " Schumann or the " t r u e " Bach).
M y body exists . . M y body exists for myself only i n two general forms: migraine and sensuality. These states are not unheard of, but on the contrary quite temperate, accessible, or remediable, as if in either one it had been decided to reduce the glorious or accursed images o f the body. M i g r a i n e is merely the very first degree of physical pain, and sensuality is for the most part considered only as a kind of reject-version o f active pleasure. In other words, my body is not a hero.
Nature? Code? ) Painless, inconsistent disease, clean, odorless, idless; it had no other signs than its own interminable time and the social taboo of contagion; for the rest, one was sick or cured, abstractly, purely by the doctor's decree; and while other diseases desocialize, tuberculosis projected you into a minor ethnographic society, part tribe, part monastery, part phalanstery: rites, constraints, protections. ' ' —How do you know? What is the ' 'you'' you might or might nût look like? y/here do youfmd it—by which morphological or expressive calibration?
A Few Seconds of Panic: A Sportswriter Plays in the NFL by Stefan Fatsis