The Utility of Boredom by Andrew Forbes
Baseball Essays

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A collection of essays for ardent seamheads and casual baseball fans alike, The Utility of Boredom is a book about finding respite and comfort in the order, traditions, and rituals of baseball. It’s a sport that shows us what a human being might be capable of, with extreme dedication—whether we're eating hot dogs in the stands, waiting out a fog delay in our living rooms, or practising the lost art of catching a stray radio signal from an out-of-market broadcast. From learning about America through ball-diamond visits to the most famous triple play that never happened on Canadian soil, Forbes invites us to witness the adult conversing with the O-Pee-Chee baseball cards of his youth. Tender, insightful, and with the slow heartbreak familiar to anyone who’s cheered on a losing team, The Utility of Boredom tells us a thing or two about the sport, and how a seemingly trivial game might help us make sense of our messy lives.
 

About Andrew Forbes

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Andrew Forbes was born in Ottawa, Ontario and attended Carleton University. He has written film and music criticism, liner notes, sports columns, and short fiction. His work has been nominated for the Journey Prize, and has appeared in publications including VICE Sports , The Classical , The New Quarterly , and This Magazine . What You Need , his debut collection of fiction, was published by Invisible Publishing in 2015. He lives in Peterborough, Ontario.
 
Published April 4, 2016 by Invisible Publishing. 160 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Sports & Outdoors, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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