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The Utility of Boredom


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Andrew Forbes was born in Ottawa, Ontario and attended Carleton University. He has written film and music criticism, liner notes, sports columns, and short fiction. His work has been nominated for the Journey Prize, and has appeared in publications including VICE Sports, The Classical, The New Quarterly, and This Magazine. What You Need, his debut collection of fiction, was published by Invisible Publishing in 2015. He lives in Peterborough, Ontario.


"In all of these essays, Forbes's writing is almost invisibly stunning, clear, with romantic flourishes equal to his subject matter. But what he's really able to articulate is how a love of baseball is really about a love of, or at least an acceptance of, the fact that losing is part of the game." - National Post "Forbes' new collection of essays ... is a modern poetics of baseball." - Largehearted Boy "Taking his cures from Susan Sarandon's character in Bull Durham, who worships at "the Church of Baseball," secular humanist Forbes finds something close to religion in everything from Jose Bautista's bat flip to the Billy Ripken error card." - Quill & Quire "Collections... are usually a mixed bag at best -- not this one -- I loved each story and many of them will be loved by all baseball fans." -- The Guy Who Reviews Sports Books "Despite the worst title in the history of baseball books, The Utility of Boredom by Canadian Andrew Forbes is a delightful collection of 25 baseball essays." -- Spitball Magazine "Part memoir, part philosphical thought, and really smartly written." - Ian Letourneau, CBC Radio Fredericton "Sportswriter Roger Angell called baseball a way to defeat time. So grab a beer. Sit on a porch. Put your feet up. Listen to a ball game on the radio. Or read The Utility of Boredom cover to cover. As Andrew Forbes says, "Boredom is fertile." Rest assured, The Utility of Boredom is far from boring. It's a book to savour, like summer." -- Trout In Plaid

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