“How Fantasy Sports Explains the World”: A Talk With AJ Mass
By Jessica Barton on March 6, 2012
Listen, guys. Not all nerds hate sports. Prove it? You want me to prove it? Fine! Read How Fantasy Sports Explains the World: What Pujols and Peyton Can Teach Us About Wookiees and Wall Street by AJ Mass. You’ll be a believer. And if you already love fantasy sports (I loooove me some fantasy baseball, I won’t lie), you’ll really appreciate this.
Recently, I had a little email chat with Mass and thought it would make for a better book review than I could write because, let’s face it, the title is pretty self-explanatory. I want to preface this by saying: How Fantasy Sports Explains the World is definitely not just for sports fans. This is a book any nerd can get into. Maybe not knitting nerds. I lied.
So, here’s the — well, let’s loosely call it an interview — chat I had with Mass:
Tell me about your book (in your own wonderful words).
I decided to talk to experts from all walks of life: legal experts, biblical experts, economists, the astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, romance expert Steve Ward (Tough Love) as well as pop-culture figures like Jane Espenson (Buffy), Alec Sulkin (Family Guy), and Survivor contestant Yau-Man Chan.
What I found there was that life lessons could be taken from playing fantasy sports and could be applied to other parts of our lives. You don’t even need to know anything about fantasy sports to relate to a majority of the stories in this book. If you’ve ever picked up the phone to vote for American Idol, been called for jury duty, attended Comic-Con, gone out on a blind date, or been in a meeting at work where you couldn’t wait for a certain co-worker to shut up… you can relate to this book.
It’s meant to be a fun, entertaining book for anyone who has a passion about anything, full of anecdotes that take you from the boardroom to the courtroom, from charred Connecticut campgrounds to the world of psychic charlatans and to the edge of a galaxy, far, far, away.
Two days after my book was released, the West Memphis Three were released. It was incredible, given the message of that final chapter about never giving up hope…
That’s AMAZING! It sounds like you were incredibly persistent in getting this done. Is there any advice you can offer to other writers about getting their own book ideas off the ground?
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