A Friendly Game of Poker: 52 Takes on the Neighborhood Game

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Essays by a diverse group of writers capture the joys, regrets, friendships, philosophies, and adventures experienced through neighborhood poker. This collection of 52 original pieces features a section of practical and impractical tips for home poker games and a cornucopia of fascinating facts about poker paintings, poker movies, poker books, and other poker-themed masterpieces of popular culture. An interview with Edie Adams demonstrates Ernie Kovacs’s poker obsession; Nick Tosches reveals Lester Bangs as a sucker; Chris Ware illustrates Bert Williams’s “Darktown Poker Club”; Bill Zehme discusses Johnny Carson’s celebrity poker game; and Neal Pollack discloses how his grandfather brutally introduced him to the game. With far more humor and clarity than a formal poker guide, these essays encapsulate the experience of spending a long evening drinking beer and playing pasteboards.

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Jake Austen edits Roctober Comics and Music magazine and produces the cable access dance show Chic-A-Go-Go. His work has appeared in The Cartoon Music Book, Nickelodeon Magazine, Playboy, Spice Capades: The Spice Girls Comic Book, Bogus Dead, and Bubblegum Music Is the Naked Truth. Ira Glass is the host and producer of This American Life on WBEZ, Chicago's NPR affiliate.

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The weekly poker game is an American phenomenon, and this collection of essays reflects that provenance as well as the special passion Americans bring to the game. Of course, there are several pieces relaying poker anecdotes, such as "He Who Steals My Purse Ain't No Friend of Mine," by Nick Tosches. But those make up only the first section, called "Table Tales." There are also sections called "Practical and Impractical Tips" and "Poker in Culture" (where Dan Kelly, in "Poker for Bastards," relates how one book taught him the Machiavellian art of bilking friends out of their hard-earned money). The essays are short and pithy, often silly, and usually just plain funny. As the editor says in "Fifty-Two Poker Terms," "Part of what makes poker night fun is acting like a bunch of knowledgeable low-life big shots." A nice, light offering to complement the hundreds of how-to poker books. Mary Frances Wilkens
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