Join fellow alumni for the next meeting of the Columbia SoCal Book Club to discuss String Theory by David Foster Wallace. Will this really turn you into an avid tennis fan or keep you one? We look forward to a scintillating discussion!
The event is free so please RSVP early.
Gathered for the first time in a deluxe collector's edition, this book includes David Foster Wallace's legendary writings on tennis, five tour-de-force pieces written with a competitor's insight and a fan's obsessive enthusiasm. Wallace brings his dazzling literary magic to the game he loved as he celebrates the other-worldly genius of Roger Federer; offers a wickedly witty disection of Tracy Austin's memoir; considers the artistry of Michael Joyce, a supremely disciplined athlete on the threshold of fame; resists the crush of commerce at the U.S. Open; and recalls his own career as a "near-great" junior player. Whiting Award-winning writer John Jeremiah Sullivan provides an introduction.
“This book has nothing to do with physics, but its title will make you look super smart if you’re reading it on a train or plane. String Theory is a collection of five of Wallace’s best essays on tennis, a sport I gave up in my Microsoft days and am once again pursuing with a passion. You don’t have to play or even watch tennis to love this book. The late author wielded a pen as skillfully as Roger Federer wields a tennis racket. Here, as in his other brilliant works, Wallace found mind-blowing ways of bending language like a metal spoon.” –Bill Gates, "My Favorite Books of 2016"
“David Foster Wallace’s Federer essay turned me into an avid tennis fan.”
—Lin-Manuel Miranda, The New York Times Book Review