Everything You Know Is Pong: How Mighty Table Tennis Shapes Our World

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Harper Collins, Nov 2, 2010 - Sports & Recreation - 272 pages
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One billion Chinese pong fans can’t be wrong.

With an all-star team of contributing writers—including Nick Hornby, Will Shortz, Davy Rothbart, Harold Evans, and Jonathan Safran Foer—and quirky, fascinating images of table tennis from around the world, editors Eli Horowitz (McSweeny’s) and Roger Bennet (creator of Bar Mitzvah Disco and Camp Camp) deliver a humorous but heartfelt paean to ping pong, the world's most popular, yet least appreciated sport. Everything You Know Is Pong is a beautifully designed literary tribute to every aspect of table tennis, the true global pastime.

 

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Contents

IF YOU LIVED HERE
39
Sun Sea and Spin
54
Thoughts from Home by Jonathan Safran Foer
61
FOREHAND FOREPLAY
67
Hits and Ass
84
Tessa by Davy Rothbart
93
THEYRE JUST LIKE
99
The Library of Champions
112
Deutschland Deutschland Über Alles
172
Zen and the Art of Forgetting by Starlee Kine
179
VELOUR COUTURE
187
Smash Hits
204
Out of Fashion by Harry Evans
211
AUGMENTED REALITY
219
A Century of Invention
232
My Quest by Will Shortz
243

No Proper Sport by Nick Hornby
121
AGING BODIES DECAYING MINDS AND THE QUEST
125
THE GREAT BALL OF CHINA
155
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
250
ABOUT THE CONTRIBUTORS
256
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Roger Bennett is the co-author of Bar Mitzvah Disco, Camp Camp, And You Shall Know Us By the Trail of Our Vinyl, and, most recently, The ESPN World Cup Companion. He has written about sports, music, and culture for the New York Times, ESPN: The Magazine, and Time, among others. He lives in New York, and ping pong brings out his violent side.

Eli Horowitz designs and edits books for McSweeney's. After a childhood spent consistently losing at ping pong to his father and brother in their Virginia basement, he now lives in San Francisco.

ELI HOROWITZ was the managing editor and then publisher of McSweeney's for eight years. He is the coauthor of The Clock Without a Face, a treasure-hunt mystery; Everything You Know Is Pong, an illustrated cultural history of Ping-Pong; and The New World, a collaboration with Chris Adrian. He was born in Virginia and lives in San Francisco.

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