Conversations with Authors
Sat., May 23rd, 2020 • 4:00pm PT• Live • Online
In conversation with Phil Cousineau
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I woke this morning still thinking about all of you who joined my conversation yesterday with Phil Cousineau.
Relationship is at the core of team chemistry, and of what it means to be human. Phil captured that so well in his questions and ideas. And Elaine Petrocelli lives it every day. She continues to offer a place for all of us—authors and readers alike—to connect with one another despite our current physical isolation.
We are tribal beings, wired to flourish in community. Thank you, Elaine, for helping us to flourish in this enormous, eclectic tribe of yours.
Books I’ve recently read or reread:
- A General Theory of Love by Thomas Lewis, et al.
- Like Life by Lorrie Moore
- The Cactus League: A Novel by Emily Nemens
- The Water Dancer: A Novel by Ta-Nehisi Coates
- Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
- The Overstory: A Novel by Richard Powers
- Al Franken, Giant of the Senate by Al Franken (audio version)
Thank you, Book Passage readers, for listening to my Author's Conversation with the great sports columnist and author Joan Ryan. I ardently believe that her new work, Intangibles, will elucidate many mysteries about team chemistry in sports, but also the team chemistry in our everyday lives.
I also mentioned a few other titles during our hour together, including my own 2004 book, The Olympic Odyssey, which was chosen by the US Olympic Committee as a gift for all 1,700 US athletes who competed in the 2004 Athens Games.
In my 1998 book, The Art of Pilgrimage, I describe ritual journeys to sporting sites such as the Cooperstown Baseball Hall of Fame, as a pilgrimage, as well the trek to the homes of revered players, such as Pele, the superstar soccer star. I also cited legendary UCLA basketball coach John Wooden and his belief in the ancient Greek concept of "arete," translated as "excellence." A good course for him would be The Essential Wooden.
And finally some advice from my dad, who led me to both books and baseball, "Read, play, read again!"