Thursday, August 26, 2010

Quote for the day

Blossom and Fade
So male sports, in which males triumph over other males, whether joined in teams or each against all (golf, auto racing), aren't singular, but certainly the attention paid to them is. Margaret Mead once suggested that a recurrent problem for civilization was finding something satisfying for the men to do, and in our place and time, what has largely been found for them to do is play sports. Or rather to associate themselves with the playing of sports -- which is to say experiencing the joys of competition, loyalty, and triumph, as well as the agony and shame of defeat, without actually moving any physical part of themselves except the arm in the air.

-- John Crowley on 'The Glass Bead Game' in Lapham's Quarterly