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Fail Better : Why Baseball Matters (Paperback) (Mark Kingwell)

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Taking seriously the idea that baseball is a study in failure—a very successful batter manages a base hit in just three of every ten attempts—Mark Kingwell argues that there is no better tutor of human failure’s enduring significance than this strange, crooked game of base, where geometry becomes poetry.

Weaving elements of memoir, philosophical reflection, sports writing, and humour, Fail Better is an intellectual love letter to baseball by one of North America’s most engaging philosophers. Kingwell illustrates complex concepts like theoretically infinite game-space, “time out of time,” and the rules of civility with accessible examples drawn from the game, its history, and his own halting efforts to hit ‘em where they ain’t. Beyond a “Beckett meets baseball” study in failure, Kingwell crafts a thoughtful appreciation of why sports matter, and how they change our vision of the world.

Never pretentious, always entertaining, Fail Better is set to be the homerun non-fiction title of the season.

Number of Pages: 278
Genre: Sports + Recreation, Philosophy, Social Science
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Consortium Book Sales & Dist
Author: Mark Kingwell
Language: English
Street Date: April 18, 2017
TCIN: 51774684
UPC: 9781771961530
Item Number (DPCI): 248-33-9002
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