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An Accidental Sportswriter by Robert Lipsyte
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Apr 19, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: 2012
Read from April 16 to 19, 2012

A sort of biography through interactions with figures, both sports and not. Lipsyte has always approached sports writing from the outside, trying not to settle for the easy story, and this book explains why. He resented the jock culture, as he saw it, because he saw the locker room as full of bullies. He still thinks that way, it's clear, but he has found subjects to admire.

My favorite chapters were the later ones where he kind of steps back and takes a look at the state of sports journalism, for what it's worth, and the last chapter where he steps back even further and looks at his life and that of his father's. Very poignant.

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