Play Is Real, Work Is Escape

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1979, Vol 24(4), 313–314. Reviews the book, The Joy of Sports: End Zones, Bases, Baskets, Balls, and the Consecration of the American Spirit by Michael Novak (1976). The book consists of a series of related meditations on contemporary sports events and personalities. By focusing in depth on the three “American” sports of baseball, basketball, and football, author attempts to recreate as concretely as possible the experience of participation in all its drama, and to explore the significance of this experience in the context of what it is to be a person. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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