Fail Better: Why Baseball Matters by Mark Kingwell
"Mark Kingwell is a beautiful writer, a lucid thinker and a patient teacher '?His insights are intellectual anchors in a fast-changing world. " '?Naomi Klein"[Mark Kingwell] illuminates on almost every page. " '?iLos Angeles Times"Kingwell's musings on angling inevitably lead to in-depth essays on the inherent nature of and reasoning for various aspects of fishing, such as casting, killing, patience, and outdoorsmanship. . . . [iCatch and Release is] filled with a sense of joy and awe. " '?iPublishers WeeklyTaking seriously the idea that baseball is a study in failure'?a very successful batter manages a hit only three of every ten attempts'?iHarper's Magazine contributing editor Mark Kingwell explores ways in which the game teaches us lessons on fragility, contingency, and community.Weaving elements of memoir, philosophical reflection, sports writing, and humour, the book serves as an unofficial follow-up to iCatch and Release: Trout Fishing and the Meaning of Life, which won over readers by offering an intelligent but accessible look into the deep waters of angling.Never pretentious, always entertaining, iFail Better is set to be the homerun non-fiction title of the spring.bMark Kingwell/b is a professor of philosophy at the University of Toronto. He is the author or co-author of eighteen books, including the national bestsellers iBetter Living (1998), iThe World We Want (2000), iConcrete Reveries (2008), and iGlenn Gould (2009). In addition to many scholarly articles, his writing has appeared in more than forty mainstream magazines and newspapers. His most recent books are the essay collections iUnruly Voices (2012) and iMeasure Yourself Against the Earth (2015).