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Let's start the morning with a few links, eh?

The gamer examined the formula Florida has used again and again this year in its domination of the Nats.

The notebook looks back on the P-Nats championship, and what it means. (Phase One: Complete, Jim Bowden says.)

I generally try to keep this blog baseball-specific, but I wanted to acknowledge the passing of David Foster Wallace, a literary supernova whose writing talent was both electric and humbling. Though he's most known for his novel "Infinite Jest," his short stories and non-fiction work was just as impactful. His 2000 reporting with John McCain from the campaign trail -- "Up, Simba," I believe the article was called when it appeared in Rolling Stone -- remains the most insightful, unfiltered piece of "political process" journalism I've ever read. Wallace's love of tennis, too, was captivating: He wrote about it often, and so well that 1.) it turned me into a tennis fan and 2.) it inspired me to become a very inadequate tennis player.

Here's his 2006 story on Roger Federer.

By Chico Harlan  |  September 14, 2008; 10:20 AM ET
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Thanks Chico for the Wallace info. His fiction isn't for me but I'll take a look for some of his non-fiction. Appreciate the non-Nats tips from time to time.

The cliche is that surfing the net is like drinking from a fire hose - it's nice to have a cool drink here in NJ that's to my scale. We lose the filtering and insight of our mediators as we transition from old-style MSM into trudging through the blizzards of crap on the web on our own. I respect your intellect and abilities and a tip from you is worth checking out. Now go write your gamer.

Posted by: Geezer | September 14, 2008 8:50 PM | Report abuse

Chico, I always enjoy your reading recommedations. The piece you recommeded recently on the Twins-Braves World Series was great, even though I doubt that series has had the staying power in the annals of all-time greats that the writer predicted. I went looking on Nexis for Wallace's piece about McCain, and found only a book length piece by John Dickerson about the 2000 McCain campaign called Up Simba, and nothing by Wallace. Any further search tips on this?

Posted by: Section 222 | September 15, 2008 8:54 AM | Report abuse

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