Paul Fussell

“Two motives urge fans to obsession with their sports. One is the need-—through the appeal of vicarious success—-to identify with winners. The other is to sanction, through pedantry, dogmatism, record-keeping, wise secret knowledge, and pseudo-scholarship, a claim to expertise on the subject. Sports give every man his opportunity to perform as a learned bore and to watch innumerable commentators on TV do the same.”


Paul Fussell, Class: A Guide Through the American Status System
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Class: A Guide Through the American Status System Class: A Guide Through the American Status System by Paul Fussell
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