SI’s Richard Deitsch on Rules of the Game
Sports Illustrated writer Richard Deitsch attended our press event for Rules of the Game on Tuesday, May 25. Today, Deitsch wrote about the party and our surprising partnership with Rules of the GameDeadspin in his Media Circus column.
The answer: Former major league pitcher Jim Bouton, noted author Roy Blount Jr. and the editors of Deadspin and Harper’s Magazine.
What group of people did I never expect to see at the same party?
But there they were cohosting an event Tuesday night in New York City to promote Rules of the Game: The Best Sports Writing From Harpers Magazine. The book features pieces from George Plimpton, Tom Wolfe and Mark Twain, among others, and a particularly fun yarn for sports media junkies: Gary Cartwright’s Confessions of a Washed-up Sportswriter. “Sportswriting is a young man’s profession,” Cartwright wrote in 1968. “No one improves after eight or ten years, but the assignments get juicier and the way out less attractive. After eight or ten years there is nothing else to say. Every word in every style has been set in print, every variation from discovery to death explored. The ritual goes on, an the mind bends under it.”