I chose this book because I simply had heard so much of it — both good and bad, mostly bad — that I had to devote some time to it. I knew it was about tennis, and I knew it had a bunch of footnotes, and I knew people were dicks about it. That's kind of it.

This was... a very good book! There was a lot that was not so good about it. Let me get that out of the way:

The transcendant bits, and the ones that I think I would harp on for anyone who is considering taking the plunge:

Anyway, some other odds and ends:

★★★★★

Highlights

The State Bird of Massachusetts, he shares to Green, is the police siren

If you close your eyes on a busy urban sidewalk the sound of everybody’s different footwear’s footsteps all put together sounds like something getting chewed by something huge and tireless and patient.

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