Ultimate Glory, with David Gessner
Renowned nature writer and Ultimate Frisbee enthusiast David Gessner will be at Eagle Harbor Book Company Thursday, June 29, at 12:30pm, for a brown bag lunch and talk about his new book, Ultimate Glory: Frisbee, Obsession, and My Wild Youth. The event is free and open to the public. EHBC will provide snacks and soft drinks, and guests are invited to bring their own sandwiches or salads. The event will take place in the Used Book Annex below the EHBC store on Winslow Way.
Ultimate Glory is a portrait of the artist as a young ruffian. Driven by ambition, whimsy, love, and vanity, Gessner lives for those moments when he loses himself completely in the game of ultimate frisbee. He shares the field and his seemingly insane obsession with a cast of closely knit, larger-than-life characters. As his sport grows up, so does he, and eventually he gives up chasing flying discs to pursue a career as a writer. But he never forgets his love for this misunderstood sport and the rare sense of purpose he attained as a member of its priesthood.
Praise is already coming in for the book. John Jeremiah Sullivan, author of Pulphead, said, “The history of Ultimate Frisbee had not yet been written by one who was there, there for the ugly, early, drunken days when men first turned to themselves and one another and asked whether a modified form of football could be played using flying discs, and answered, ‘Yes!,’ or didn't answer, just started playing it, running and drinking and diving. Gessner has come for the game that made him great. Read it.”
Dan Shaughnessy, co-author of the New York Times bestselling Francona, raved, “Even if I watched him play, I wouldn't be able to tell you if David Gessner is any good at Ultimate Frisbee. But the man can write, and this homage to his oddball sport is rich with life's joys, sorrows and universal truths.”