Fail Better

Fail Better : Why Baseball Matters

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"Mark Kingwell is a beautiful writer, a lucid thinker and a patient teacher ...His insights are intellectual anchors in a fast-changing world. " --Naomi Klein "[Mark Kingwell] illuminates on almost every page. " --Los Angeles Times "Kingwell's musings on angling inevitably lead to in-depth essays on the inherent nature of and reasoning for various aspects of fishing, such as casting, killing, patience, and outdoorsmanship...[Catch and Release is] filled with a sense of joy and awe. " --Publishers Weekly Taking seriously the idea that baseball is a study in failure--a very successful batter manages a hit only three of every ten attempts--Harper's Magazine contributing editor Mark Kingwell explores ways in which the game teaches us lessons on fragility, contingency, and community. Weaving elements of memoir, philosophical reflection, sports writing, and humour, the book serves as an unofficial follow-up to Catch and Release: Trout Fishing and the Meaning of Life, which won over readers by offering an intelligent but accessible look into the deep waters of angling. Never pretentious, always entertaining, Fail Better is set to be the homerun non-fiction title of the spring.
Mark Kingwell is a professor of philosophy at the University of Toronto. He is the author or co-author of eighteen books, including the national bestsellers Better Living (1998), The World We Want (2000), Concrete Reveries (2008), and Glenn Gould (2009). In addition to many scholarly articles, his writing has appeared in more than forty mainstream magazines and newspapers. His most recent books are the essay collections Unruly Voices (2012) and Measure Yourself Against the Earth (2015).
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Product details

  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 147 x 223 x 17.53mm | 317.51g
  • Emeryville, Canada
  • English
  • 1771961538
  • 9781771961530
  • 1,816,474

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"Mark Kingwell is a beautiful writer, a lucid thinker and a patient teacher His insights are intellectual anchors in a fast-changing world." Naomi Klein

"[Mark Kingwell] illuminates on almost every page. " Los Angeles Times

"Kingwell's musings on angling inevitably lead to in-depth essays on the inherent nature of and reasoning for various aspects of fishing, such as casting, killing, patience, and outdoorsmanship. . . . [Catch and Release is] filled with a sense of joy and awe." Publishers Weekly
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About Mark Kingwell

Mark Kingwell is a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Toronto and a contributing editor of Harper's Magazine in New York. He is the author or co-author of eighteen books of political, cultural and aesthetic theory, including the national bestsellers Better Living (1998), The World We Want (2000), Concrete Reveries (2008), and Glenn Gould (2009). In addition to many scholarly articles, his writing has appeared in more than 40 mainstream magazines and newspapers. His most recent books are the essay collections Unruly Voices (2012) and Measure Yourself Against the Earth (2015).
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