24.3.08

Dingers: Contemporary Baseball Writing

I have three pieces appearing in the anthology Dingers: Contemporary Baseball Writing, edited by David McGimpsey.

A big thank you to David for including me in this fun and eclectic anthology devoted to America's favorite past-time.

May Youppi! live on forever...

Book Description:

Baseball and Literature have long lounged side-by-side in the dugout. The writer, Papa Hemingway-like, watches the game and yearns to hit one more novelistic home run, while the customarily laconic ball player describes a slick piece of fielding as “pure poetry.” In this collection, essayists, fiction writers, and poets describe and celebrate baseball’s combinations and forms, seeking to plumb its meaning as a game and maybe metaphor for Life’s deeper truths. The epic game is dramatized in all its variety, from the major and minor leagues, down to the Little Leagues and pickup games in sandlots. Somebody once said that baseball is more about losing than winning. A good batter only succeeds thirty percent of the time and only one team triumphs in The World Series. Hence baseball bears a resemblance to fine writing, which may explain its extraordinary appeal to the ink-stained class. In Dingers the reader will find the odes and laments of some our best writers-cum-baseball wannabes such as George Bowering, Robert Allen, Timothy Morris, Arjun Basu, Jason Camlot, David Tabakow, and Dave Bidini.

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2 comments:

Josh said...

That's amazing, Greg. Congrats!
And you don't even LIKE baseball!

How did that happen?

Greg Santos said...

Thanks, Josh. It's not that I don't like baseball, it's more that I don't really follow baseball now that the Expos are gone. Consider my pieces elegies to our dearly departed home team.