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The Resource Year of the dunk : a modest defiance of gravity, Asher Price

Year of the dunk : a modest defiance of gravity, Asher Price

Label
Year of the dunk : a modest defiance of gravity
Title
Year of the dunk
Title remainder
a modest defiance of gravity
Statement of responsibility
Asher Price
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • The showmanship of the dunk mesmerized Price as a child, but even with his height (six foot plus) and impressive wingspan, he never pushed himself to try it. Now, approaching middle age, Asher decides to spend a year remaking his body and testing his mind as he wonders, like most adults, what untapped talent he still possesses. Along the way he dives into the history and science of one of sports' most exuberant acts, examining everything from our genetic predisposition towards jumping to the cultural role of the slam dunk. The year-long effort forces him to ask some fundamental questions about human ability and the degree to which we can actually improve ourselves, even with great determination
  • By learning to dunk a ball at the age of 34, journalist Asher Price investigates the limits of his potential--and our own. We all like to think we can run faster, pick up another language, or cook a souffle. But very few of us ever really test ourselves. Seizing upon the dunk, which is richly freighted with distinctly American themes of culture, race, and upward mobility, Price asks: How much of our story do we weave with our own hands? The dunk mesmerized Asher Price as a child, but even with his height (six foot plus) and impressive wingspan, he never really pushed himself to try it. Now, in this entertaining book of science journalism, Price spends a year remaking his body and testing his mind as he wonders, like most adults, what talent he has left behind. In the tradition of the best books that pit men and women against their own abilities--such as Joshua Foer's Moonwalking with Einstein and George Plimpton's Paper Lion -- Year of the Dunk takes the reader from hot Texas training sessions with an Olympic gold medal high jumper to a Cambridge, England, lab devoted to the study of jumping insects as Price meets with athletes, scientists, and physiotherapists in this exploration of potential. A shadow narrative emerges about Price's own past as a cancer survivor. Learning to dunk takes Price down all sorts of avenues--biology and physics, race and gender, and, briefly, the history of one of sport's lightning moves. It forces him to ask some fundamental questions about human ability and the degree to which we can actually improve ourselves, even with great effort
Biography type
contains biographical information
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Price, Asher
Dewey number
796.323/2
Index
index present
LC call number
GV888.15
LC item number
.P74 2015
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Dunking (Basketball)
  • Basketball
Label
Year of the dunk : a modest defiance of gravity, Asher Price
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Part 1. The Run-up: Assembling the gurus -- Evolution and the dunk -- Part 2. The Year of the dunk: The dunking year begins: twelve months to go -- Taking the measure of the man -- A natural history of leaping -- The rise of the dunk -- Besting the Fates -- A dunk contest: six months to go -- Girl on fire -- Dayenu -- Psyching myself up -- Aiming too high -- Can white men jump? -- It's gotta be the shoes: one month to go -- Jumping secrets of the Ninjas -- Carrying capacity -- Part 3. Touch-down
Control code
ocn904011078
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
x, 269 pages
Isbn
9780804138031
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2014041716
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)904011078
Label
Year of the dunk : a modest defiance of gravity, Asher Price
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Part 1. The Run-up: Assembling the gurus -- Evolution and the dunk -- Part 2. The Year of the dunk: The dunking year begins: twelve months to go -- Taking the measure of the man -- A natural history of leaping -- The rise of the dunk -- Besting the Fates -- A dunk contest: six months to go -- Girl on fire -- Dayenu -- Psyching myself up -- Aiming too high -- Can white men jump? -- It's gotta be the shoes: one month to go -- Jumping secrets of the Ninjas -- Carrying capacity -- Part 3. Touch-down
Control code
ocn904011078
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
x, 269 pages
Isbn
9780804138031
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2014041716
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)904011078

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