Monday, August 21

Like Going to Tennis Church

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David Foster Wallace, most likely the only star contemporary fiction writer who really , really loves tennis and played it competitively, files a typically lengthy NY Times dispatch on the rare beauty of Roger Federer.
It was impossible. It was like something out of “The Matrix.” 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.

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.

Update: watch the point Foster Wallace describes here.

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