The Noble Hustle

The Noble Hustle

Poker, Beef Jerky, and Death

Book - 2014
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"In THE NOBLE HUSTLE Colson Whitehead does for participatory journalism what he did for zombie novels in ZONE ONE: Take one literary genius, add $10,000 and a seat at the World Series of Poker, and stir. On one level, Colson Whitehead's THE NOBLE HUSTLE is a familiar species of participatory journalism - a longtime neighborhood poker player, Colson was given a $10,000 stake and an assignment from the online ESPN offshoot Grantland to see how far he could get in the World Series of Poker. But since it stems from the astonishing mind of Colson Whitehead (MacArthur Award-endorsed!), the book is a brilliant, hilarious, weirdly profound and ultimately moving portrayal of - yes, it sounds overblown and ridiculous, but really! - the human condition"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, [2014]
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780385537056
Branch Call Number: 795.412 WHI
Characteristics: 234 p. ; 20 cm.


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Greene_GregL Feb 28, 2018

Colson Whitehead may claim to be a resident of the Republic of Anhedonia (where inhabitants aren't capable of experiencing pleasure), but he sure makes poker seem like a good time. This memoir of his entry into the World Series of Poker is a funny and oddly empathetic investigation of the often-quixotic appeal of Atlantic City and Las Vegas.

mikelindq Apr 13, 2015

Highly entertaining if one is familiar with poker and the TV/Internet/casino poker world. If you like Vince Van Patten's World Poker Tour TV commentary, you'll love this book. Gave me many chuckles, some guffaws, and a few real belly laughs. The LA/NY Times reviewers apparently didn't get the references; seems as if they couldn't move beyond the author's background/literary accomplishments. Maybe they would have appreciated it more if published under a pseudonym.

Jul 24, 2014

no appeal to me but I don't understand the game. Book didn't help


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