Issue number nine tackles all manner of sports and games, providing commentary on their language, politics, and philosophies.
It kicks off with Rob Giampietro on New England Patriots controversial quarterback Tom Brady in view of ancient Greek ideas of heroism, and ends with David Peace narrating seminal Liverpool FC manager Bill Shankly's 1975 radio interview with UK Prime Minister Harold Wilson. Uncovering a fascination for what is still considered the most difficult game of cards, Vincenzo Latronico takes us through the complexities of bridge. Kathy Acker identifies the bodybuilder's language as the simplest of language games, reduced to a minimal set of nouns and numerical repetition. Joe Scanlan presents “three object lessons” on advanced imaging technologies related to movement, while James Langdon follows the debates on the innovations to rock climbing.
The issue slaloms through further contributions from Christoph Keller, Sarah Demeuse, Linus Elmes, Chris Evans, Junior Aspirin Records, Philip Ording, Leila Peacock, Justin Warsh & Miguel Abreu, and Carlin Wing.
Bulletins of The Serving Library is a composite printed / electronic publication from the duo Stuart Bailey and David Reinfurt,
that follows a direct line from Dot Dot Dot, the semi-annual journal founded in 2000 and published by Dexter Sinister. Across the arts and into philosophy, the “bulletins” that make up each issue are first published online as PDFs at www.servinglibrary.org over a six-month period, then assembled, printed and distributed separately in Europe (by Sternberg Press) and in the U.S.A. (by Dexter Sinister). Each collection makes up a semester's worth of loosely-themed material, with its constituent PDFs grouped together on the website.