Just a quick link this morning before I run off to work on a story for the regular paper. One of my readers was kind enough to point out that Esquire has now posted David Foster Wallace's story "The String Theory"on its web site. It's the story that my friend Childs Walker was referencing in his tribute to Wallace the other day upon hearing about the author's death. Can't tell you how many times I've read this over the years (it appeared in the Best American Sports Writing series) and found something new that made me remember why I liked it, and DFW's writing, so much.
A lot of times, the best sports stories aren't about the superstars. They're about the players who exist on the margins, like Michael Joyce, the ATP player profiled in his piece. Wallace was always fascinated by those outside the mainstream, although he did enjoy cracking jokes about those inside the bubble of fame, as evidenced by his hilarious commentary in the footnotes here about Andre Agassi. If you read nothing else today, read this.