Risky business: people, pastimes, poker and books
Al Alvarez's writing career has come in many guises. One of the most influential post-war critics, he has written profoundly and eloquently about writers and their craft for over fifty years. As the Observer's poetry editor he introduced British readers to the new poetry of the 50s and 60s, most famously of course to Sylvia Plath. But Alvarez has also been a passionate amateur of risky pursuits - poker playing, mountaineering, flying in old aeroplanes - and he has written about these subjects with a rare depth, liveliness and perception. Risky Business is a selection of Alvarez's finest essays. Ranging from trenchant criticism to accounts of polar expeditions and poker championships, it is a sparkling and eclectic collection from our most unusual man of letters.
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I am a huge Al Alvarez fan, and this book collected a number of poker-themed articles I'd (mostly) read elsewhere, notably a 1994 piece in the New Yorker that revisited Las Vegas and the World Series ...