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

  • Sue Thornquist
    Sep 19, 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...

  • 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...

  • Dipra Lahiri
    Jun 10, 2016

    David Foster Wallace is to tennis, what Mailer and Liebling are to boxing, and Cardus and CLR James to cricket....

  • Zach
    Jul 31, 2016


  • David
    Dec 26, 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 ...

  • Mike W
    Dec 26, 2016

    This is definitely worth the read. It's about Tennis, but not about Tennis also. Wallace had been a junior tennis standout at age of 14, thus his interest in the game. His writing gift is clear, albei...

  • Lynn
    Dec 20, 2016

    I've already read all of Wallace's nine canonical books and also his posthumous works and several works about him. So I have read all of the seven essays in this lovely volume before. Once in a while ...

  • Aldo Aguirre
    Dec 31, 2016

    I couldn't have chosen a better book to close the year. DFW's writing on tennis, his experience as a young tennis pro, his take on tennis professionals and their personal lives, his thoughts on the ex...

  • James
    Dec 27, 2016

    ?Of course, in men?s sports no one ever talks about beauty, or grace, or the body. Men may profess their ?love? of sports, but that love must always be cast and enacted in the symbology of wa...

  • Thomas
    Nov 22, 2016

    If you've not read anything by the author yet, this is a fantastic taster: A collection of essays that effortlessly cross over from tennis journalism into an applied philosophy of the good, the bad, a...