String Theory: David Foster Wallace on Tennis
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String Theory: David Foster Wallace on Tennis


An instant classic of American sportswriting—the tennis essays of David Foster Wallace, “the best mind of his generation” (A. O. Scott) and “the best tennis-writer of all time” (New York Times)
Both a onetime "near-great junior tennis player" and a lifelong connoisseur of the finer points of the game, David Foster Wallace wrote about tennis with the authority of an insider, the showmanship of a literary pyrotechnician, and disarming admiration of an irrepressible fan. Including his masterful profiles of Roger Federer and Tracy Austin, String Theory gathers Wallace's five famous essays on tennis, pieces that have been hailed by sportswriters and literary critics alike as some of the greatest and most innovative magazine writing in recent memory. Whiting Award-winning journalist John Jeremiah Sullivan provides an introduction.

Title:String Theory: David Foster Wallace on Tennis
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:138 pages

    String Theory: David Foster Wallace on Tennis Reviews

  • Darwin8u
    Jan 26, 2017

    "Inspiration, though, is contagious, and multiform — and even just to see, close up, power and aggression made vulnerable to beauty is to feel inspired and (in a fleeting, mortal way) reconciled." -...

  • Brad Feld
    Aug 20, 2016

    I love tennis. I love David Foster Wallace. And I needed a book on the couch day after a gruelingly long week where I started feeling better and then was flattened this morning by a few spoons of my y...

  • Sue Thornquist
    Sep 18, 2016

    I love Roger Federer. I'm not sure I could articulate as clearly as I can now, after reading Wallace's eloquent and DEFINITIVE essay on him, WHY I love him so much. Wallace perfectly captured his lege...

  • Harsha Varma
    Dec 25, 2016

    The thing with Federer is that he’s Mozart and Metallica at the same time, and the harmony’s somehow exquisite, just like David Foster Wallace's writing!...

  • Jonathan Pool
    Feb 01, 2017

    The five separately commissioned pieces contained in String Theory span the period from 1991 to 2006, shortly before David Foster Wallace's death.Collectively, what does this collection bring to the...

  • Sibi Rajendran
    Feb 21, 2017

    Brilliant. Loved the descriptions.Talking about Sampras' warm up - "Sampras is hitting with the casual economy that all the really top pros seem to warm up with, the serene nonchalance of a creature a...

  • David
    Dec 19, 2016

    If you've known me at all in recent years, you know that I love tennis something fierce. My interest in the sport has become part of my identity. A decade into my affair with tennis, I find myself in ...

  • Mika Wallenius
    Jan 30, 2017

    Five essays:1. Derivative Sport in Tornado Alley2. How Tracy Austin Broke My Heart3. Tennis Player Michael Joyce's Professional Artistry as a Paradigm of Certain Stuff About Choice, Freedom, Limitatio...

  • Vishal Khatri
    Jan 29, 2017

    This collection of five essays on tennis is the best piece of sports writing I have ever read. Wallace, once a junior tennis player himself, juggles effortlessly between the technical, emotional and c...

  • Michael
    May 06, 2016

    I've often wondered what David Foster Wallace would have made of the fact that almost as many books have been published under his name since his death than during the 20+ years he was an active writer...