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Sherman Alexie Cries Foul

by Staff

Tags: Sherman Alexie, the Stranger, Sonics Death Watch, sports journalism, Seattle SuperSonics,

basketball court.The alternative press is not typically the province of kickass sports coverage. Imagine my delight, then, when I found author Sherman Alexie’s column, Sonics Death Watch, at the Stranger. As you may or may not know, the SuperSonics, Seattle’s NBA franchise, is poised to decamp from Washington and re-settle in Oklahoma. Hence the title of Alexie’s column, which is typically short and elegant: an entertainingly touchy and morally incisive fan’s take on spectatorship. Alexie peppers his writing with bits of political diatribe and self-deprecating stories, and, all in all, provides the incensed footnotes to a professional sport that is as frustrating as it is intoxicating.

Michael Rowe

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