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Games People Play

Issue #43, Spring 2010

Games, play, and sport are intricately connected to creation and art. Formal challenges, whether by the French Oulipo movement or the Surrealists with their Exquisite Corpses have yielded surprising and deeply moving literary works. The parallels between sport and art and life itself are many—heroes, drama, reversals, betrayals, irrational loyalties, heartbreak, euphoria. In this issue we examine these intersections, from Lord Whimsy's explanation of cricket and Karen Russell's rules of Antarctic tailgating to Martha McPhee's stunning fictional take on bond trading as blood sport; from Blake Eskin's time immersed in a German board game convention to David Mamet's argument that theater itself is a sport. In the end, it isn't about the destination, but the journey; not the game itself, but how you play it. Jawaharlal Nehru said, "Life is like a game of cards. The hand you are dealt is determinism; the way you play it is free will." Enjoy.

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