Last week I reviewed David W. Berner’s golfing novella *Sandman,* and today I interviewed him about the book, golf, and the writing life. Now I have the pleasure to host a giveaway of the book. Based on the most creative response to the following question, one reader will get a hard copy of *Sandman* shipped to them.
Question: In *Sandman,* one special feature of golf courses hold a fascination for the protagonist, Jimmy. Think about your favourite sport. What’s your favourite physical feature about the playing field or equipment?
My sample answer: In cricket, I enjoy how different the game looks on television vs. in person. On television, with the camera focussed on the pitch end-to-end, you can distinguish the line of the ball, but it’s harder to read its length, since at that angle you can’t judge how high the ball is rising. In contrast, in a live match, if you’re sitting parallel to the pitch, you can see the dramatic differences in balls of different length, but you can’t see the line. Perhaps telecasts should show in addition to the traditional head-on angle the side view, so that viewers can judge both line and length.
Enter your response using the comment box below. Leave your name and email ID — if you win, I’ll contact you for your postal address. (Soft copies are also available, if that’s your preference.) Readers in all geographical locations are welcome to enter.
This contest has now closed. Congratulations to the winner, Jonathan Minton from Oklahoma City. Thank you to everyone who read, commented, and/or participated.
One response to “Giveaway: *Sandman*”
The scoreboard at Wrigley Field. One of the few manual scoreboards in Major League Baseball, the numbers are flipped by hand. Workers are inside during the game and changing numbers by hand on the game being played as well as all the MLB games of the day.
It takes me back to the days when everyone could get lost in a single place and time. Four hours disconnected from the world. Focusing on the ebb and flow of the game. Where things didn’t have to be uploaded to social media in order to give them merit. Where the number of views or whatever metrics are used to measure “influence” didn’t matter as much as the joy of the moment and the love of the game.