She dared me to review the essay on my blog, so here I am! Bios and profiles abound. Also, for those who want to read more of DFW’s tennis writing, the following essays are all excellent: The introductory paragraphs of the article talk about “Federer experiences”, and i quote below – A fascinating passage to read. In its purest form, Art in whatever sector, is the artist maniacally obsessed with capturing whatever is in their minds, irrespective of how anybody else may perceive it.

I can accept no excuse for that. I finally convinced myself to read the celebrated article by David Foster Wallace on this new year’s eve yes, i hadn’t read it till then. Search for specific whisperings here. Even though Federer lost, that match was so full of “Federer moments” it was unbelievable. Even though the game has moved on from the period that Wallace covered the most recent essay is from a decade ago , the collection is still rich with insights into how math and metaphysics make tennis the most beautiful of sports. That’s probably the least meaningful part of the whole article, you could put any point from his career in its place.

DFW’s Roger Federer as a Religious Experience | Talk Tennis

The author was known as a bit of a con artist. I don’t know what-all sounds were involved, but my spouse says she hurried in and there was popcorn all over the couch and I was down on one knee and my eyeballs looked like novelty-shop eyeballs. You are commenting using your WordPress.

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Not a tennis watcher. Charlie Rose wasn’t a good news anchor? Thanks for highlighting this piece which is so dssay of passion and life and expertise.


How David Foster Wallace illuminates the US Open – even without Federer

We’ve all got our examples. Page 1 of 1.

Despite all this beauty, though, I did get a little lost in the blow-by-blow description of an actual point played between Roger Federer and the hunky Rafael Nadal. Art indeed is subjective, though I think something can objectively not be art. You’re a ludicrous kunt Abhinandan said: Wed Sep 09, 9: It was an awful article.

I’m always just a bit suspicious of anything that thinks of itself as Art while its in the process of being created. I am careful about the images I use in this blog.

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August 19, 5: Anyway, that’s one example of a Federer Moment, and that was merely on TV — and the truth is that TV tennis is to live tennis pretty much as video porn is to the felt reality of human love. And to dismiss a piece of art for its failure to accurately represent reality when it does describe it, is to miss the point of the piece you intended to look at entirely. Maybe NYT would let you write a belated rebuttal.

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David Foster Wallace, Federer as religious experience (Review) | Whispering Gums

David Foster Wallace’s ‘Federer Moment’. Essah greatest works of art we have around us – architectural, written, music or whatever – I’m not certain at the time they were being created the artists intended to create masterpieces.

He could’ve picked a thousand shots from Federer that were more impressive than that one.

Here, in a passage from his mega-novel Infinite Jesta tennis coach muses to himself: Sports in general touch people for many different reasons. At least soccer fdderer I know you love and which I would see as beautiful, I think, if I followed it!


Open, Federer serving to Andre Agassi early in the fourth set. As I said on your post, we can argue about things like the unequal economics of sport, the uneven reporting of sport versus other aspects of life — but sport does have a place in a rounded society Gederer think. Very much enjoyed your review, Sue. This philosophy echoes some ideas that also surface in the tennis writing of the New Yorker writer John McPhee. I never did learn much about the different techniques of, say batting, federeer how to recognise one sort of bowling from another except I could tell the difference between overarm and underarm!

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Some of them are my own, some I’ve specifically obtained permission to use from an owner, and some book cover thumbnails are used under fair use dederer. So Bill Cosby wasn’t a good comedian?

But I agree about the factual incorrectness, that has to be one of the biggest hyperbole in sports journalism lol. Email required Address never made public. I myself said in the OP that i found the introductory passage fascinating. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: