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Episode 8: Chad Harbach, The Art of Fielding

Actual fighting! Finally!

This week Tom and I welcomed yet another guest into the Book Fight Basement: Brad Windhauser, our friend and colleague at Temple University here in Philadelphia. Brad admitted up front he had some pretty strong feelings about The Art of Fielding, particularly its characterization (or lack thereof) of its gay characters. The three of us got into it over whether the novel has insights to offer about the mind of the athlete, college life, romance, or sexual reawakenings. Continue reading