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Young Skins by Colin Barrett
Young Skins


Winner of the 2014 Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award


“A stunning debut . . . The timeless nature of each story means this collection can—and will—be read many years from now.” —Sunday Times

“Exciting and stylistically adventurous.” —Colm Toibín
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A joy ride through the wild world of sports from “the best sportswriter in the country” (St. Paul Pioneer Press)
The Caddie Was a Reindeer
And Other Tales of Extreme Recreation
By Steve Rushin
Grove Press
978-0-8021-4211-5 • $12.00 • Paperback • Nov. 2005
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A joy ride through the wild world of sports from “the best sportswriter in the country” (St. Paul Pioneer Press)

Steve Rushin has been called “the best sportswriter in America” by the St. Paul Pioneer Press and “certainly the most fun to read” by the Hartford Courant. A four-time finalist for the National Magazine Award, Rushin is the author of Road Swing, ranked among the Top 100 Sports Books of All Time by Sports Illustrated, for which he writes the enormously popular “Air and Space” column.

In The Caddie Was a Reindeer Rushin circumnavigates the globe with his golf clubs—less pole-to-pole than flagstick-to-flagstick—in pursuit of extreme recreation. In the Arctic Circle, he meets ice golfers, one of whom explains: “We play on snow, in freezing temperatures, with balls that are purple.” To which Rushin can only reply: “Yes, well, I imagine they must be.”

On Bali, in the Indian Ocean, he forsakes his lob wedge for a lava wedge on a gold course laid out in the crater of a volcano. (“Sure the volcano is long inactive, but so are Tony Orlando and Dawn. Should I not fear a return to activity?”)

In Minnesota, he watches the National Amputee Golf Tournament, where one participant tells him, “I literally have one foot in the grave.”

Along the way, Rushin meets fellow travelers like Joe Cahn, a professional tailgater who confesses aboard the RV in which he lives: “It’s wonderful to see America from your bathroom.” And even he has logged fewer miles in pursuit of extreme recreation than Rich Rodriguez, a marathon roller-coaster rider who makes endless loops for entire summers on coasters around the world. “His face resembled a peeled tomato, rubbed raw by the Irish Sea,” writes Rushin. “Imagine driving from Miami to Juneau and back at sixty-five mph with your head out the window and you only begin to comprehend the man’s 11,362-mile ride to nowhere.”

The Caddie Was a Reindeer is a ride to everywhere: to south London (where Rushin downs pints with the King of Darts) and the Champs-Elysées (where the author indulges in “excessive nightclubbing” with World Cup soccer stars); to Japan (where Rushin eats soba noodles with the world champion of competitive eating) and Germany (where he drives James Bond’s convertible on the world’s most dangerous Formula One racetrack). Enlightening, hilarious, and unexpectedly heartwarming, this collection is not a body of work: it’s a body of play.
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