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From jazz fantasy camp to running a movie studio; from a fight between an old guy and a fat guy to a fear of clownsandmdash;Carlo Rotellaandrsquo;s Playing in Time delivers good stories full of vivid characters, all told with the unique voice and humor that have garnered Rotella many devoted readers in the New York Times Magazine, Boston Globe, and Washington Post Magazine, among others. The two dozen essays in Playing in Time, some of which have never before been published, revolve around the themes and obsessions that have characterized Rotellaandrsquo;s writing from the start: boxing, music, writers, and cities. What holds them together is Rotellaandrsquo;s unique focus on people, craft, and what floats outside the mainstream. andldquo;Playing in timeandrdquo; refers to how people make beauty and meaning while working within the constraints and limits forced on them by life, and in his writing Rotella transforms the craft and beauty he so admires in others into an art of his own.

Rotella is best known for his writings on boxing, and his essays here do not disappoint. Itandrsquo;s a topic that he turns to for its colorful characters, compelling settings, and formidable life lessons both in and out of the ring.and#160;He gives us tales of an older boxer who keeps unretiring and a welterweight who is andldquo;about as rich and famous as a 147-pound fighter can get these days,andrdquo; and a hilarious rumination on why Muhammad Aliandrsquo;s phrase andldquo;I am the greatestandrdquo; began appearing (in the mouth of Epeus) in translations of The Iliad around 1987. His essays on blues, crime and science fiction writers, and urban spaces are equally and deftly engaging, combining an artistandrsquo;s eye for detail with a scholarandrsquo;s sense of research, whether taking us to visit detective writer George Pelecanos or to dance with the proprietress of the Baby Doll Polka Club next to Midway Airport in Chicago.

Rotellaandrsquo;s essays are always smart, frequently funny, and consistently surprising. This collection will be welcomed by his many fans and will bring his inimitable style and approach to an even wider audience.

About the Author

Carlo Rotella is the author of Good with Their Hands:and#160;Boxers, Bluesmen, and Other Characters from the Rust Belt; October Cities:and#160;The Redevelopment of Urban Literature; and Cut Time:and#160;An Education at the Fights, the last also published by the University of Chicago Press. He writes regularly for the New York Times Magazine, Washington Post Magazine, and Boston Globe, and he is a commentator for WGBH FM in Boston.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Lefty Dizz Version


and#160;and#160;and#160; The Genre Artist

and#160;and#160;and#160; The Year of the Blues

and#160;and#160;and#160; The Professor of Micropopularity

and#160;and#160;and#160; The Saberist

and#160;and#160;and#160; A Man of Deep Conviction

and#160;and#160;and#160; A History of Violence


and#160;and#160;and#160; Boxing Stories

and#160;and#160;and#160; Mirror, Mirror

and#160;and#160;and#160; The Prospect

and#160;and#160;and#160; The Biggest Entertainer in Entertainment

and#160;and#160;and#160; Shannon vs. the Russians

and#160;and#160;and#160; After the Gloves Came Off

and#160;and#160;and#160; The Greatest

and#160;and#160;and#160; Champion at Twilight

and#160;and#160;and#160; Bedtime Story


and#160;and#160;and#160; Ghosts

and#160;and#160;and#160; The Elements of Providence

and#160;and#160;and#160; Someone Elseand#8217;s Chicago

and#160;and#160;and#160; The Dogs of South Shore

and#160;and#160;and#160; Into South Shore


and#160;and#160;and#160; Un Clown Biologique

and#160;and#160;and#160; The Two Jameses

and#160;and#160;and#160; Three Landscapes, with Gamblers

and#160;and#160;and#160; The Mouse Sled

and#160;and#160; and#160;A Game

and#160;and#160;and#160; Playing in Time


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