Berliner (captward) Mon 18 Sep 06 10:30
>If you can shut out the distractions coming from your human opponent (who is probably trying to use all the social human weirdo tricks he or she can to confuse you), you have a completely fair chance to win. This brought to my mind the photo of Marcel Duchamp playing a naked Eve Babitz at (I think) the Pasadena Art Museum. And no, I can't remember who won. I haven't read the book, but that Binet bit up there (and what's with the fi and fl problem?) won me over. Even if it did screw up a question I was trying to formulate about the relationship between your last book (the disappearance of memory) and this one (where memory obviously plays a large part, but not quite how I'd thought).
Teleological dyslexic (ceder) Mon 18 Sep 06 10:39
There is a dynamic interaction (Interplay between the reading and reflecting; when digesting considering, reflecting, and meditating about the content and sections serving different emphasis. As someone considering this book and investigating the educational-experiencing action I note how the mind-experience stories, history, reflection interact in a learning action. The Chess narratives punctuate the history, memories interplay in me. As understanding and feeling the history between moves in The Immortal Game one experiences the move and response then eagerly awaits the next move.
David Shenk (davidshenk) Mon 18 Sep 06 14:21
I'm coming to the west coast this week and hope some of you can come hear me read and talk about the book. Here's my itinerary: Redmond Wednesday, September 20 -- 1:30PM MICROSOFT -- (for MS employees only) One Microsoft Way Redmond, WA 98052 Seattle Wednesday, September 20 -- 7PM UNIVERSITY BOOKSTORE 4326 University Way Seattle, WA 98105 206-633-6443 San Francisco Thursday, September 21 -- 7PM CODYS 2 Stockton Street San Francisco, CA 94108 510-845-0837 Marin County Friday, September 22 -- 1PM BOOK PASSAGE 51 Tamal Vista Blvd Corte Madera, CA 94925 415-927-0960 Santa Cruz Saturday, September 23 -- 3PM BORDERS 1200 Pacific Avenue, Suite 100 (Corner of Soquel Ave) Santa Cruz, CA 95060 We're raffling off a very cool chess set at EACH bookstore event, and also giving one away online at our website: http://theimmortalgame.com *** Praise for The Immortal Game: "A thrilling tour . . . an engaging, colorful look at a world that blissfully remains black-and-white." -- Entertainment Weekly "Fascinating . . . [Shenk] writes about chess history with contagious zest." -- Cleveland Plain Dealer "Shenk weaves a masterful tale that all readers can enjoy, no matter how little they know about chess." -- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "Fun, factual, and a good read . . . Not a reference book to be stored on a shelf [but] a book to be read and enjoyed, and even read again . . . buy this book!" -- Chess Life magazine "Besides detailing chess's broader social significance, Shenk brings it to life with tales of its personal impact . . . Shenk's passion will leave readers yearning to play." -- Fast Company "A globe-spanning, brain-stretching social history . . . Shenk's curiosity equips the reader to look at a board of chess pieces and understand what got them there and the endless places they could go." -- Paste Magazine "Wonderful...a book filled with daring moves and cunning patience." -- STEPHEN J. DUBNER, co-author, Freakonomics "Like a great chess game, this is an achievement that will be talked about for many years to come." -- SIMON WINCHESTER, author, The Professor and the Madman and A Crack in the Edge of the World "Fresh and smart....explores and explains not only the addictive power of chess but its shockingly important, Zelig-like role in the history of humankind.'' -- STEFAN FATSIS, author, Word Freak; Heartbreak, Triumph, Genius, and Obsession in the World of Competitive Scrabble Players "An insightful look at chess, the icons of culture it has inspired, and the surprising part the game plays in the narrative of the modern world." -- BRUCE PANDOLFINI, legendary chess instructor and author, Pandolfini's Ultimate Guide to Chess "One of the most remarkable books I've read over the past many years, and its 'brilliancy' illuminates so much of life in all its aspects." -- JONATHAN COTT, author, In the Sea of Memory "Shenk takes his readers on a wonderful journey across the span of time." -- JERRY NASH, Scholastic and FIDE Director, U.S. Chess Federation
Schach & Ah! (dotman) Tue 19 Sep 06 13:14
By the sound of it so far, all the book's readers who posted here agree with those reviewers. People without a Well membership who are reading this topic in real time can email their own questions and comments to firstname.lastname@example.org, so they can be copied here.
Hal Royaltey (hal) Wed 20 Sep 06 20:29
Well ... our two weeks are up and the Inkwell spotlight has moved to a new conversation. This one will remain open however and Well members and non-members alike are welcome to continue. Thanks to David and Patrick for some interesting thoughts.
Vince Houmes (unclevinny) Thu 21 Sep 06 09:47
Thanks a lot for writing the book and chatting with us, David! Your grandmother's grandfather would be very proud of you for the great service you've done for the chess community.
I dare you to make less sense! (jet) Thu 21 Sep 06 21:02
Marcel Duchamp & Eve Babitz: <http://www.flickr.com/photos/joopy/49901002/>
Berliner (captward) Fri 22 Sep 06 09:29
She'd just found out she was three months pregnant, as I remember.
Emily J. Gertz (emilyg) Wed 23 Dec 09 05:45
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