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Colson Whitehead's Memoir about Playing Poker: 'Eat, Pray, Love for Depressed Shut-ins'

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

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Colson Whitehead discusses his search for meaning at high stakes poker tables. A longtime neighborhood poker player, Whitehead was given a $10,000 stake and an assignment from the online online magazine Grantland to see how far he could get in the World Series of Poker. After weeks of preparation he went to Las Vegas to try his luck in the multi-million dollar tournament. He’s written about his experience in The Noble Hustle: Poker, Beef Jerky, and Death, a funny social satire that Whitehead describes as “Eat, Pray, Love for depressed shut-ins.”

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Comments [1]

Why does he want to glare at someone for eating on the subway? What IS with this indignation so many people have around eating in public?[Spoon or no spoon]. It's not a nasty habit, eating. It's not akin to grooming which is inherently a private matter.To me, it is a leftover WASP puritanism when wanton indulgences of the flesh including eating was a sin.[It's one thing to eat communally as civilized people because we have to eat but to watch another do something so base is disgusting,reasons a puritan]Either that or it's just looking for a reason to look down at another person and feel justified about it. Expressing aggression by glaring is a form of domination and control. There is nothing to this self righteous condemnation of someone eating in public besides either repressed puritanism or controlling intolerance.

May. 27 2014 01:41 PM

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