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Those Guys Have All the Fun by James Andrew Miller and Tom Shales

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Those Guys Have All the Fun:

Inside the World of ESPN

by James Andrew Miller & Tom Shales

 

James Andrew Miller has a new podcast series out called “Origins” where he explores the “brave beginnings of the worlds of television, movies, sports, music, business, or even human relationships to explain how greatness starts and how critical happenings come to be.” His first six episodes centered around the hilarious hit show “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and how it started. I thought that presented the perfect opportunity to share another one of his books with you. Earlier this year “Live From New York” was a Sticky Book. Nine months later, another excellent oral history by Miller and Shales is joining the list. 

I didn’t share it earlier because it’s not a quotable book in the sense of what we’ve come to enjoy from Sticky Books. There aren’t so many profound pithy quotes to share, so it doesn’t lend itself to the Sticky Book format so much. However, if you like sports or have been curious about ESPN at all, it’s a fascinating read.

I’ll share with you two quotes – one funny and one meaningful.

 

“What I said about Hitler was taken out of context.” This comes from analyst and former coach Lou Holtz, explaining why he used der Führer to dissect Michigan football.
 

Stuart Scott: “I can’t be that concerned with how I’m perceived. I care about how my mother and father think about me and how my friends and how my loved ones think about me. I care about how my ex-wife thinks about me; she and I are still good friends and we do a good job raising our kids. It matters to me. But it doesn’t matter to me what people who are writing a blog on the Internet think. I can’t think about that. Being a father. That’s it. That’s the answer. That’s my answer. I’m convinced of that.”

 

Sticky Books are those that you just can’t get out of your head. They stick with you long after you have put the book down and have moved on to something else. These are some of my Sticky Books. I don’t enjoy reviewing books myself. I find I am either full of far too much praise for the book because I know how difficult it can be to write a book, or I am far too negative about a book because, well, I guess I was just in a bad mood. So instead of reviews, I have pulled some of my favorite quotes from each Sticky Book.

 

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Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer

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Into Thin Air 

 

by Jon Krakauer

 

This brilliant book is the third book written by Jon Krakauer. After releasing his collection of essays, Eiger Dreams, Krakauer took the bestseller list by storm releasing Into the Wild and Into Thin Air in back-to-back years in 1996 and 1997. Despite being a young high-schooler at the time of release, I was fascinated by both stories of adventure and demise in the outdoors.

 

“Once Everest was determined to be the highest summit on earth, it was only a matter of time before people decided that Everest needed to be climbed.”

 

“Everest has always been a magnet for kooks, publicity seekers, hopeless romantics and others with a shaky hold on reality.”

 

“…I quickly came to understand that climbing Everest was primarily about enduring pain. And in subjecting ourselves to week after week of toil, tedium, and suffering, it struck me that most of use were probably seeking, above else, something like a state of grace.”
“With enough determination, any bloody idiot can get up this hill…The trick is to get back down alive.”

 

“We were too tired to help. Above 8,000 meters is not a place where people can afford morality”

 

“But at times I wondered if I had not come a long way only to find that what I really sought was something I had left behind.”

 

“The plain truth is that I knew better but went to Everest anyway. And in doing so I was a party to the death of good people, which is something that is apt to remain on my conscience for a very long time.”

 

Sticky Books are those that you just can’t get out of your head. They stick with you long after you have put the book down and have moved on to something else. These are some of my Sticky Books. I don’t enjoy reviewing books myself. I find I am either full of far too much praise for the book because I know how difficult it can be to write a book, or I am far too negative about a book because, well, I guess I was just in a bad mood. So instead of reviews, I have pulled some of my favorite quotes from each Sticky Book.

 

Find more writing and publishing tips at Nothing Any Good.

 

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