Undisputed Guide Reviewed in Harper’s
In this month’s Harper’s, Charles Bock (Beautiful Children) takes on FreeDarko’s Undisputed Guide to Pro Basketball History, George Dohrmann’s Play Their Hearts Out, and the entire landscape of sports journalism. We’re accused of “revisionism and hagiography”, and “tripping over our own ambitions”, but Bock suspects we may be fully aware of this. I can’t disagree on any counts—FreeDarko is one big inside joke that sought to make the world a better place, an absurd premise undertaken with the utmost seriousness. Depending on how you look at it, that’s either self-defeating or liberating. Anyway, Bock also has plenty of good stuff to say, and the essay is about way more than little ol’ us. Mostly, though, I’m just stoked beyond belief that we got written up in Harper’s. Top of the world!