Robert Lipsyte Biography - Essay

Biography

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

I recently watched a sports program on television in which a commentator was discussing a basketball coach who pounds on his players—kicks them, calls them dirty names. And the reporter said, "Well, I'm not sure I would want to be treated like that. I would want to be treated like a human being. But who can argue with this kind of treatment when the coach's won/lost record is so good."

Across America, kids are sitting in front of their T.V. sets taking that in. And too many of the sports books they read reinforce that same ethic: Winning is the only thing. When things are tough, try harder. Success is up to you.

Sports is, or should be, just one of the things people do—an...

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