Issue number nine tackles all manner of sports and games, providing commentary on their language, politics, and philosophies.
It kicks off with Rob Giampietro on New England Patriots controversial quarterback Tom Brady in view of ancient Greek ideas of heroism, and ends with David Peace narrating seminal Liverpool FC manager Bill Shankly’s 1975 radio interview with UK Prime Minister Harold Wilson. Uncovering a fascination for what is still considered the most difficult game of cards, Vincenzo Latronico takes us through the complexities of bridge. Kathy Acker identifies the bodybuilder’s language as the simplest of language games, reduced to a minimal set of nouns and numerical repetition. Joe Scanlan presents “three object lessons” on advanced imaging technologies related to movement, while James Langdon follows the debates on the innovations to rock climbing.
The issue slaloms through further contributions from Christoph Keller, Sarah Demeuse, Linus Elmes, Chris Evans, Junior Aspirin Records, Philip Ording, Leila Peacock, Justin Warsh & Miguel Abreu, and Carlin Wing.
Bulletins of The Serving Library is an eclectic cultural journal of primarily newly commissioned writing produced biannually in distinct online and print formats. Each new issue of Bulletins is conceived as a bundle of reading material organized around a theme for the ongoing self-education of an international audience of designers, artists, writers, and researchers whose interests span many disciplines.