Discussion in 'General CPA Stuff' started by Killer Joe, Nov 29, 2005.
Eh? I guess so. I've always respected Finkel as a Magic Player, but from the way they said "He decided to improve himself" and how he changed his appearance and all that other crap just means to me that in order to be a successful "hero" in the eyes of the Everyman you have to look and act a certain way.
So, the lesson learned is that in order to be a "mental athlete" you have to look like a sports athlete...
"Same geek, only in a nice shiny wrapper..."
That's not how I read it. It seems he improved himself for himself, not for "everyman". He wanted to buy pants in a regular store and look good 'cause he was, well, tired of being overweight.
But wow, who know he was getting "banned" from casinos at night?
I think being a superior mental athlete does require some excercise...the greeks believed in this, "Mens Sana in Corpore Sano" I tend to agree. I work out regularly and it does miracles for me mentally. It's a good image to give to all the overweight kids who play magic.
I was about to comment that this was pretty poorly-written for a Rolling Stone article, but I just realized it was an excerpt from a book--and maybe that's even worse. Did anyone else get the impression that the writer doesn't know what he's talking about?
You would think if you were going to write a book in which Magic is a prime focus, you'd be able to describe it a little better than this.
It also makes the journalistic mistake of putting thoughts in the character's heads--Finkel thinking that he needs to get in shape, describing whether or not he felt heroic. You've gotta quote the man saying it, you can't just put the thought there for him.
I think Finkel's story could probably make for a really interesting book/article, but this isn't it.
"Poorly-written" depends on your perspective. I think it's about on par for what passes for journalism these days.
No, Apollo is correct. Having read the book, the feeling of the writer 'doesn't know what he's talking about' is on par. That 'on par' isn't a great way to sell books.
Huh, I was gonna say it sounded like the author was trying to make a Magic turn/play more readable, with maybe a tongue in cheek like a "you know what I mean" kind of thing was going to follow, but maybe that wasn't what it was supposed to be like...
Any chance of getting a copy of said book cheaply, Houts?
Sub par writing or not, I'd like to read it once-through at least.
Oh yeah, surely. To be honest, you can find this book on Ebay or through half-price books (that is where I found it).
I'd sell it to you but I have a friend reading this 'lovely' book, with 2 more on the wait list. If you lived near by I'd borrow it to you. If you want to pay cheap shipping, I'd consider sending it along. After all, I do TRUST some people here at CPA.
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