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Fred Waitzkin

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Fred Waitzkin was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1943. When he was a teenager he wavered between wanting to spend his life as a fisherman, Afro Cuban drummer or novelist. He went to Kenyon College and did graduate study at New York University. His work has appeared in Esquire, New York magazine, the New York Times Sunday Magazine, the New York Times Book Review, Outside, Sports Illustrated, Forbes, the Huffington Post, and the Daily Beast, among other publications. His memoir, Searching for Bobby Fischer, was made into a major motion picture released in 1993. His other books are Mortal Games, The Last Marlin, and The Dream Merchant. Recently, he has completed an original screenplay, The Rave. Waitzkin lives in Manhattan with his wife, ...more

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Searching for Bobby Fischer...

3.97 avg rating — 989 ratings — published 1988 — 18 editions
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The Dream Merchant: A Novel

3.12 avg rating — 83 ratings — published 2013 — 5 editions
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Mortal Games

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“Except for a handful, chess players don’t have such illusions. The game has a severe analytic quality that makes self-deception difficult. Unlike the undiscovered poet who, despite the harsh criticism of his peers, lives on his fantasies for the day that he will be recognized as the next Dylan Thomas, even a young chess player can usually gauge his talent. When Josh was six, he played several games against a pudgy thirteen-year-old who was the top player on his high school team. He beat Josh every time, but a couple of the games were close, and afterwards the boy seemed gloomy about his performance. He explained that if he didn’t make significant improvement during the next year, he would wind up as just another wood-pusher. Despite his celebrity in school, he seemed to know that he didn’t have it. While”
Fred Waitzkin, Searching for Bobby Fischer: The Father of a Prodigy Observes the World

“They play with unflinching seriousness, as if life depended upon the flick of a piece or the snap of a clock - and it does. Some of these men have lost jobs and wives playing night after night, usually against the same opponent. . . . Night after night, the same men sit across from one another in the same chairs. They seem to have no sense of the passing of time.”
Fred Waitzkin, Searching for Bobby Fischer: A Father's Story of Love and Ambition

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Fred Waitzkin Dear Friends, I was recently interviewed by the renown actor Gabriel Byrne about my new novel, The Dream Merchant. We also talked more generally about the creative process, about creating characters in writing and acting, about taboo sexual relationships--it is a far ranging and I think interesting conversation. I hope you enjoy. Fred http://youtu.be/xcpiY184sKw


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