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De ce-mi place J.R. Moehringer

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“Of course many bars in Manhasset, like bars everywhere, were nasty places, full of pickled people marinating in regret.”

“History is the narrative of people searching for a place to go.”

“I hate when people ask what a book is about. People who read for plot, people who suck out the story like the cream filling in an Oreo, should stick to comic strips and soap operas. . . . Every book worth a damn is about emotions and love and death and pain. It’s about words. It’s about a man dealing with life. Okay?”

“I don’t know. Sometimes I try to say what’s on my mind and it comes out sounding like I ate a dictionary and I’m shitting pages. Sorry”

(The Tender Bar)

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“It’s no accident, I think, that tennis uses the language of life. Advantage, service, fault, break, love, the basic elements of tennis are those of everyday existence, because every match is a life in miniature. Even the structure of tennis, the way the pieces fit inside one another like Russian nesting dolls, mimics the structure of our days. Points become games become sets become tournaments, and it’s all so tightly connected that any point can become the turning point. It reminds me of the way seconds become minutes become hours, and any hour can be our finest. Or darkest. It’s our choice.”

“Few of us are granted the grace to know ourselves, and until we do, maybe the best we can do is be consistent.”

“There are many ways of getting strong, sometimes talking is the best way.”

“I keep begging myself to stop, and I keep playing, and this gap, this contradiction between what I want to do and what I actually do, feels like the core of my life.”

(Open)

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L-am descoperit pe J.R. Moehringer, probabil ca mulți alții, citind Open, (auto)biografia lui Andre Agassi, unde el a fost ghostwriter, și deși Agassi a insistat să-i treacă numele pe coperta cărții, el a fost atît de elegant încît a refuzat cu desăvîrșire. Apoi am trecut la autobiografia proprie, The Tender Bar, super-emoționantă poveste de viață, m-a lăsat cu ochii în lacrimi. În ambele există două figuri paterne extrem de puternice, una omniprezentă și uneori omnipotentă (în cazul lui Agassi), una care lipsește aproape cu desăvîrșire (tatăl lui Moehringer).

Nu vreau să vă conving să-l citiți, deși ați face bine să, omul nu o fi luat un Pulitzer degeaba, trebuie că se pricepe la scris :-).  Mai menționez doar că ambele au fost traduse în română (The Tender Bar cu titlul Dulcele bar), sper că se va traduce și Sutton, cea mai recentă carte a lui, eu o am deja, abia aștept să-i vină rîndul.

 

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