Etcetera 14.

These hot summer days, I go to the shore and hide in the library.

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Look, near the floor, a shelf full of sports books.

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Here is a children’s athletic dictionary. There are entries for “hoop” and “puck” but none for “roller skate” or “cue ball.”

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Great! Some ancient bowling almanacs, always a pleasure to handle and consult. I love the rows and rows of numbers.

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A book of gimmicks and card tricks. I could definitely use this.

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The autobiography of a bat boy for the Texas Rangers, the swimming workouts of the rich and famous.

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This guide to judo explains all of the techniques: throwing, grappling, locking, choking, escaping. It seems to be essential.

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Is it me or are all of the tennis books here unappealing? Nothing with any controversy, it’s all so philosophical.

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I don’t see a single book about jogging. Here are a few on boxing though, and one that teaches chess.

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I can’t decide between Best Golf Stories and 101 Golf Poems. I guess I’ll borrow both and be on my way.

Written By

Joshua Baldwin is an editor at Eephus. He is the author of The Wilshire Sun, a novella. His writing has appeared in The Paris Review, n+1, The Brooklyn Rail, Chicago Review, Prelude, and elsewhere. He lives in Los Angeles. Reach him at josh@eephusmag.com.

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