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Pittsburgh native Ian Johnson played high school basketball at the prestigious Oak Hill Academy alongside Carmelo Anthony, played four years of Division I basketball at Davidson College, and five years of professional basketball in Europe. He won multiple championships and a large number of personal accolades along the way, but Ian spent his career living a double life, both as a committed athlete who thrived on competition and as a skeptical observer who struggled to accept that he was devoting his soul to a game. Ian was a small-time star in a cutthroat system, yet also an unwitting cog, his outward personality indentured to a sport, a fact he didn’t fully understand until he tried to walk away from the game at the age of 27.
Basketball aside, Ian realized how little he knew about both himself and the sport that had run his life, assuming there was a difference. The Bounce and the Echo is the story of his attempt to discover himself anew and his venture to find peace with a game he so badly wanted to love. From Springfield, Massachusetts in 1891 to the gold medal game at the Rio Olympics in 2016, from Cameron Indoor Stadium to a tiny Indian village in the Himalayas, from youth basketball leagues in Pittsburgh to the howling arenas of Europe, The Bounce and The Echo traces the history of basketball from its inception through its many current iterations. In it, Ian unsparingly and unflinchingly lays bare his own story, from his suicide attempts in college to hanging with a young Stephen Curry, from the haunting depths of an obsessive-compulsive mindset to the insatiable joys of competition, and, finally, from the fog of confusion into the sting of clarity. The Bounce and The Echo is a history of basketball told through vulnerable self-reflection, presenting a story for every athlete who has ever picked up a ball and wondered why.
Jessica Fischoff’s The Desperate Measure Of Undoing
The Desperate Measure of Undoing explores the feminine through mythology’s influence on the contemporary world. This collection of poems examines how the stories and truths of ancient women resonate today, and how the human condition, as a whole, is rooted in a timelessness beyond the confines of any era.
VANITY FAIR (1911) by Dorin Schumacher
Dorin Schumacher masterfully employs creative nonfiction to explore silent-film-pioneer Helen Gardner’s voice and role in Vanity Fair, the first film adaptation of the novel. Schumacher’s recreation of her famous grandmother, the first actor to produce and star in a feature length film in the United States, illuminates the vanguard actor’s pivotal role in early American film. VANITY FAIR (1911) with Helen Gardner as Becky Sharp adds to the growing body of experimental and hybrid literature with its use of Gardner’s real letters, film reviews, and the original Vanity Fair print. Schumacher’s persona of Gardner’s screen presence follows the actor’s history through act-by-act sequences of the film. Schumacher, a Ph.D. in French literature, teacher, scholar and writer, searched worldwide for her absent grandmother’s traces buried in the suppression of women’s contributions to cinema, now shines a spotlight on Gardner’s brilliant movie creations.
“Dorin Schumacher’s VANITY FAIR is a deeply researched and deeply moving account of unsung film pioneer Helen Gardner embodying Becky Sharp in Vitagraph’s ambitious 1911 screen adaptation. This book delves us into Gardner’s artistic consciousness, allowing us to hear this extraordinary cinematic storyteller speak between the intertitles in her own voice, as gleaned from copious primary documents.”
— Jacqueline Stewart, Professor of Cinema and Media Studies, University of Chicago and Host, “Silent Sunday Nights” on Turner Classic Movies
“An inventive, untraditional exploration of the life of silent era cinema star and studio head, Helen Gardner, by her granddaughter, written in an elegant style and creating an approach that has the feel of a performance piece.”
— Drake Stutesman, Editor, Framework, The Journal of Cinema and Media, Adjunct Professor, New York University: Cinema Studies, Fashion Studies
Trevor James Zaple’s Interstitial Burn-Boy Blues
Tommy and Stuart are traveling to California for two very different reasons. Tommy has been chasing love across the dried-up, burnt-out ruins of the once-populous American Midwest. Stuart is hunting for his wife and daughter’s killer, a man he once called his neighbor, who fled the snow-choked corpse of New York City after a winter storm finally did the metropolis in. When a chance encounter on a passenger bus heading west strands the two in the forsaken underbelly of Las Vegas, Tommy and Stuart find that getting passage into the Golden State’s “promised land” is much harder than they ever imagined.
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