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FreeDarko Presents the Macrophenomenal Pro Basketball Almanac: Styles, Stats, and Stars in Today's Game (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 15. November 2008

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  • Gebundene Ausgabe: 219 Seiten
  • Verlag: Bloomsbury (15. November 2008)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 1596915617
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596915619
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 18,6 x 2,3 x 23,6 cm
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A textual-visual showpiece... Fabulously eccentric and gloriously illustrated... It is likely the only sports almanac in existence that features a manifesto, cooks up winkingly abstruse statistics like "cancer effect" (e.g. Stephon Marbury and the Knicks), provides an etymology of the hoop slang "swag," and name-drops Amiri Baraka, Martin Buber and Chris "Birdman" Andersen. The book knows its hoops too... Phenomenal swag. (New York Times Play Magazine)

At the beginning of the Almanac--a compendium of odd statistics, kinetic diagrams and goofball-academic essays--lies the Free Darko Manifesto, which puts style (flash, idiosyncrasies, etc.) above wins and losses, the individual above the home team, and flaws above perfection... It's hard not to be converted by the Darko mandate to elevate style above all else in basketball. The almanac is more than a guide to the delirious side of the NBA, it's an argument for a more humane approach to fandom. Head cases and millionaires, as viewed through the Darko lens, aren't the evil acid eating away at professional sports that a lot of the nation's columnists would have us believe. And all of this is rendered in gorgeous illustration and provocative--if often ludicrous--prose. (Time Out Chicago)

This guide to pro hoops from the freaks at FreeDarko is a gorgeously illustrated, deeply idiosyncratic work of mad, mad genius. They break the game down into a periodic table of playing styles (knife, shark, snowflake, this is not a pipe), identify players' spirit animals (Gilbert Arenas=Tasmanian Devil) and have the gumption to liken Tim Duncan to the Shelley sonnet (Ozymandias" (so true!)."Philadelphia CityPaper)

There's never been a basketball book -- maybe even a sports book -- quite like The Macrophenomenal Pro Basketball Almanac, the first print endeavor of the cult-favorite NBA blog FreeDarko... But for certain nontraditional basketball fans -- the egghead, the hipster, the ironist, the amateur culture critic -- this might be the hoops book you've been waiting your whole life for... The FreeDarko crew celebrates a notion of pro hoops as an arena of athletic spectacle, geometric precision, unintentional comedy, outlandish personalities, and rich sociocultural meaning. It does so with player profiles that mix on-court insights with psychoanalysis and cultural critique, charts and graphs of oddball brilliance, and beautiful, almost whimsical illustrations. (Memphis Flyer)

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FreeDarko is a collective of like-minded NBA writers and artists whose blog has become a staple of basketball fandom on the Internet. More a movement than a self-contained website, it had a regular spot on the McSweeney's site and is frequently called on by to provide guest NBA coverage. Bethlehem Shoals, its chief operative, is a regular contributor to and SLAM, and has published basketball-related writing in Spin, Slate, and Chicago Sports Weekly.


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Also, was soll man sagen? Dieses Buch veranlaßt mich gerade meine erste Rezension zu schreiben, obwohl ich eigentlich gar nicht viel zu schreiben habe. Das Buch ist ... der HAM..MER! Für alle Basketballfreaks ein absolutes Muß! Wer einen Bekannten hat der auf Basketball und die NBA steht - schenkt ihm dieses Buch. Er wird es lieben!!! Hier werden Statistiken und Analysen zu den bekannten Freaks of Nature auf erstklassige grafische Art und Weise aufbereitet und machen das lesen des Buchs zu einem wahren Vergnügen! Nicht weiter lesen ... bestellen!
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Sports the way they were meant to be enjoyed - as postmodern mythology 15. Februar 2009
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I might as well just come out and say it: I'm an NBA fan, through and through -- rabidly, almost, it's kind of insane. I wasn't for awhile. I grew up living and dying with the Lakers, but somewhere between the second and third titles of the Shaq/Kobe era, I just lost interest. Politics, art, activism, music, and other interests took hold, and I thought I was leaving behind a banal, childish fixture for more sophisticated tastes. And while it wasn't the FreeDarko collective or their fabulous blog that brought me back into basketball (how THAT happened, I'll never figure out), they were responsible for convincing me that the NBA, despite its clamoring for mainstream appeal and the obsessive attempts to ingratiate itself to corporate America through not just its business model, but the leagues entire culture -- despite standing for so much that I am against, it was this group of writers that taught me that this sport is worthwhile. That not only is basketball sophisticated, it's fun.

The Macrophenomenal Almanac analyzes the league as it was meant to be seen -- in terms of the players, and is complemented perfectly by beautiful illustrations and graphs, and the purely genius "style guide". Thus, the authors spend a full chapter each on several of the most interesting, meaningful players in the game. And meaningful is of their own definition -- meaning in terms of symbolism, not wins and losses, which is why there is a chapter on Stephon Marbury, who for all his talent and ability may never play another game in his career, simply because he's such a nutjob, and not on more "deserving" players like former MVP's Dirk Nowitski or Shaquille O'Neal. That's because the book rests on a refreshing new basketball worldview, which is given in an incomplete form in the "Manifesto" which precedes the book: Basketball is fun. It is the league of style and improvisation, and a player's playing style is 1) an essential part of the game and 2) often the truest way to learn about the true personalities of millionaire celebrities who hide their quirks and most human traits for fear of losing product endorsements. But, dig deeper on the FreeDarko blog, especially come playoff time, and you'll see this manifesto fleshed out and sing. Basketball teams become gestalt personalities or group ideologies, and a basketball game becomes a battle of Hegelian dialectics of one team ideology versus another. So, this all sounds rather ridiculous, and they know it is. These folks make no bones about the fact that their intellectual language isn't entirely in place for the subject matter. But it follows their outlook on basketball perfectly -- intellect is their swag, and their swag is phenomenal.

Here's the real important part, though: rather than simply analyze basketball as detached academics, they come at the sport as impassioned fan, and they'll root for whichever style they favor. They fully bridge the two polar extremes of modern sportswriting -- the fanatic enthusiasm of the "fan's eye view" of sports with the sober expertise of a sports historian, and the result is incredible. Again, enough cannot be said about the phenomenal illustrations and design of this book, as well.

As dense as it acts from time to time, the Almanac reads actually as a more accessible introduction to the FreeDarko collective's nigh-impenetrable (more due to encyclopedic knowledge of the game and inside jokes than high-falooting language) blog, which is actually the greater ouvre, and I highly recommend it. But for those that have never read the blog, this is the perfect intro. And for those who already do, well, you already know why to read this.
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This Book Will Blow Your Basketball-Loving Mind 11. November 2008
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The authors of this book must be brilliant NASA engineers on the side or something. They approach the NBA with a ton of enthusiasm and brainpower. And quirkiness. They tell us answers to questions we would never have thought to ask: like why Lamar Odom can only be understood through a careful analysis of his facial expressions, why Tim Duncan's "spirit animal" is the nurse shark (Tracy McGrady's is the monitor lizard), and why the Egyptian pyramids would have gone up much faster if Phoenix Suns guard Leandro Barbosa had been in charge of building them.

There are some really impressive charts that prove the authors must have watched every second of every NBA game over the past several years. But even though the Almanac made me laugh out loud, and got me in the mood for this year's season, its look is what stands out most -- the art throughout is stunning. It's weird that the most beautifully designed book I now own is about pro basketball, but there it is....
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Amazing style+fantastic substance=a great sports book for people who don't normally like sports books 16. November 2008
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Forgive the hyperbole I'm about to lather on, but I felt like this amazing, utterly unique book was written just for me. I fit into what I think is a rare demographic: the all-American basketball lover who just happens to also be a big fan of "literary" writing and hipster urban graphic design. By more than satisfying each of these seemingly incompatible interests, this book represents nothing less than THE standard for 21st century sports books. Seriously. A dry, quirky sense of humor that's never too arch or condescending couples nicely with penetrating statistical rigor and an acute knowledge of history and context. I think of this as a "post-blog" book in that it reads like a tidied up, bound summation of the best NBA blog posts by the best writers around. Think Bill Simmons or even a bit of David Foster Wallace combined with a mountain of interesting stats and stunning artwork. I can't think of a better holiday gift for anyone that's even remotely like me.
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Basketball Nerd Heaven 25. Dezember 2008
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The Marcophenomenal Almanac book is a huge victory for sports fans everywhere, and is hands down one of the best basketball books ever created. Most mainstream sports journalists analyze athletes as if they are race horses or children. The Almanac treats athletes like what they are: complex human personalities. The conclusions that the Almanac presents on these various players are truly thought-provoking, which is an especially impressive feat in a world far over-saturated with sports opinions. Question: Is the game of basketball a microcosm of life, or is life a macrocosm at the game? If you've ever wondered this, then go to the top of the page and buy this book immediately! With amazing illustrations, great writing, and eclectic reasoning, it can be enjoyed by non-zealots well.
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Amazing Illustration...and the content is good too 24. Dezember 2008
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It's really a great book if you are a basketball fan and especially if you love the NBA and it's characters. This is not for the casual fan, unless you are just a b-ball nerd. The illustration work is tip tier and I want all of these images as posters - every one. My only gripe is that there is no Iverson section. I'll let that go because this book is so damn good.
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