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June 14, 2012


I agree. The Knicks, weirdly, are a better team without Melo, though he is -- on paper but more than just that -- the "best" player they have. But it really is a team sport, which is why we loved our Knicks so, the ones that played like a team and brought home the last two world championships the richest franchise in the league has won. I like Fields, Chandler, Lin, and the other rookie guard, who plays defense so well but got hurt in the playoffs. (I'm having a Casey Stengel moment here.) And I hope we can hold onto Novak -- or get Galinari back -- and wouldn't it be nice if Steve Nash came to town to teach Jeremy Lin how to be just like him? DL

Catherine,I like you your literary criticism-basketball commentary. They are a great fit. A late blooming bb fan of only the last 10 years or so, i would not presume to argue Melo's merits. All i know is, watching him doesn't make me happy, like watching Paul Pierce does for example, or watching Dwayne Wade on a good night. Now, having read your essay here, I know why. It's the difference between settling in with a book by a self-absorbed style wiz (..i'll keep my prejudices to myself) and a book by a master. The wiz leaves you admiring his talent yet feeling alienated. The master connects you to your humanity, win or lose.

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I left it
on when I
left the house
for the pleasure
of coming back
ten hours later
to the greatness
of Teddy Wilson
"After You've Gone"
on the piano
in the corner
of the bedroom
as I enter
in the dark

from New and Selected Poems by David Lehman


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