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Formed in the summer of 2009 to read David Foster Wallace's masterwork "Infinite Jest".
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 Post subject: DFW and Roger Federer
PostPosted: Sun Jul 05, 2009 9:01 am 
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I'm watching the Wimbledon Men's Finals right now (and am stressed to the max!), and I can't help but be frustrated that DFW can't witness Roger Federer as he strives to make tennis history today. It reminded me of Wallace's piece from the NY Times PLAY magazine from a few years back, entitled "Roger Federer as Religious Experience." It's great reading for tennis fans, but I think it will be interesting even to people not terribly familiar with tennis, but who are getting a taste now while reading IJ.

Here's the link: http://www.nytimes.com/2006/08/20/sports/playmagazine/20federer.html


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 Post subject: Re: DFW and Roger Federer
PostPosted: Sun Jul 05, 2009 12:56 pm 
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Was my first experience of reading DFW. Pretty much the finest piece of sports writing I've ever read.

I'm just glad he saw last year's final before he went. Even though Federer lost, that match was so full of "Federer moments" it was unbelievable.


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 Post subject: Re: DFW and Roger Federer
PostPosted: Mon Jul 06, 2009 7:39 pm 
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From TheBigLead:

"Federer’s career record is 182-26. In the last five years, he’s an astonishing 121-8. "

That is INSANE! I need to read DFW's words on him even more now!


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 Post subject: Re: DFW and Roger Federer
PostPosted: Mon Jul 06, 2009 7:57 pm 
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I liked boasting to my tennis loving friend that I'm reading the author of the best tennis articles ever written. Alas, he never read them, and he reads everything on tennis.

Oh yeah, I found this one called String Theory: http://www.esquire.com/features/sports/ ... heory-0796

I didn't understand half of those tennis articles though. Not a tennis watcher.


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 Post subject: Re: DFW and Roger Federer
PostPosted: Mon Jul 06, 2009 8:49 pm 
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WideOpenandRed wrote:
From TheBigLead:

"Federer’s career record is 182-26. In the last five years, he’s an astonishing 121-8. "

That is INSANE! I need to read DFW's words on him even more now!


Those stats are his record for Grand Slam singles tournaments. (Against players outside of the Top 5 ranked in the world, his Grand Slam record is 117-0!) His overall singles career record is 657–155, which means he's won 80.9% of the games he's played as a pro. The man is unbelievable.

Also, for those who want to read more of DFW's tennis writing, the following essays are all excellent:

- "The String Theory" (which ruinedmap posted a link to above), which is also offered in its full-version in A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again under the title "Tennis Player Michael Joyce's Professional Artistry as a Paradigm of Certain Stuff about Choice, Freedom, Discipline, Joy, Grotesquerie, and Human Completeness."
- "Derivative Sport in Tornado Alley," also from ASFTINDA
- "How Tracy Austin Broke My Heart" from Consider the Lobster.


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 Post subject: Re: DFW and Roger Federer
PostPosted: Mon Jul 06, 2009 9:15 pm 
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ruinedmap wrote:
I liked boasting to my tennis loving friend that I'm reading the author of the best tennis articles ever written.

I know you'll like this one...nothing to do with Federer or his magic hair, but still good:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-394607/Wimbledon-players-smuggle-towels-court.html
not that I'm daily devotee of the Daily Mail, mind you


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 Post subject: Re: DFW and Roger Federer
PostPosted: Wed Sep 09, 2009 2:46 pm 
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There's also this rather mad article

http://www.kuro5hin.org/story/2009/8/19/17330/9169


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