"Clever, bracing and full of laughs. Steve Rushin proves to be a master juggler of words, a mischievous crossword-puzzler run amok"- Carl Hiaasen
For Rodney Poole, a friendly and unassuming lover of clever wordplay and television sports of all stripes, Boyle's Irish Pub is a haven of good cheer, pleasantly pointless conversation, elaborate jokes, heated trivia contests, well-poured pints, and familiar faces. The pressures and demands of the outside world hold no sway there- the crowd at Boyle's is his family, and with family all sins are forgiven.
But reality cannot be kept at bay forever, and now Rodney's best friend and partner in inertia, Keith, is getting married and moving to Chicago. Since Rodney has for the most part enjoyed his bachelorhood vicariously through Keith, the prospect of being single, middle-aged, unemployed, and without his pal to while away the nights with is causing Rodney to rethink—or rather, create—his priorities.
When Keith introduces him to the lovely Mairead (rhymes with parade), a cheerful career woman who seems to enjoy his bad puns, ambitionless nature, and love of literature, Rodney can spy an honorable path to grown-up-hood at last. But a series of comic mishaps jeopardize his budding relationship with Mairead, his friendship with Keith, and most serious of all, his place on a barstool in the idyllic world of Boyle's. Buy "A Pint Man: A Novel" at Amazon.
"If you don't end up dropping The Caddie Was a Reindeer during fits of uncontrolled merriment, it is likely you need immediate medical attention." - Denver Post
Steve Rushin, a four-time finalist for the National Magazine Award, has been hailed as one of the best sportswriters in America. InThe Caddie Was a Reindeer he circumnavigates the globe in pursuit of extreme recreation. In the Arctic Circle, he meets ice golfers. In Minnesota, he watches the National Amputee Golf Tournament, where one participant tells him, “I literally have one foot in the grave.” Along the way, Rushin meets fellow travelers like Joe Cahn, a professional tailgater who confesses aboard the RV in which he lives: “It’s wonderful to see America from your bathroom.” And even Rushin has logged fewer miles in pursuit of extreme recreation than Rich Rodriguez, a marathon roller-coaster rider who makes endless loops for entire summers on coasters around the world.The Caddie Was a Reindeer is a ride to everywhere: to south London (where Rushin downs pints with the King of Darts), to the Champs-Elysees (where the author indulges in “excessive nightclubbing” with World Cup soccer stars), and to Japan (where Rushin eats soba noodles with the world champion of competitive eating). Enlightening, hilarious, and unexpectedly heartwarming, this collection is not a body of work: it’s a body of play. Buy "The Caddie Was a Reindeer" at Amazon.
"A riotous read." - Esquire
In this alternately hilarious and insightful account, named a Best Book of 1998 by Publishers Weekly, Sports Illustrated writer Steve Rushin uses the lens of sports to come to a deeper understanding of America.
On the eve of his thirtieth birthday, Steve Rushin decided to revisit the twin pursuits of his youth: epic car trips and an unhealthy obsession with sports. So he jumped into his fully alarmed Japanese S.U.V. and drove to American sports shrines for a year, everywhere from Larry Bird's boyhood home in French Lick, Indiana, to the cornfield just outside of Dyersville, Iowa, where Field of Dreams was filmed. Now in paperback, Road Swing is the story of his journey.
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Steve’s work is featured in two new books. He contributed a chapter to Damn Yankees (April 2012 from Ecco) and wrote the introduction to Fenway: A Fascinating First Century (March 2012 from Sports Illustrated Books).
My story on the 100th anniversary of Fenway Park, "A Lyric to the Little Bandbox," is in the April 23, 2012 issue of Sports Illustrated. It's excerpted from the book "Fenway: A Fascinating...
I've written a long story for the May 2012 issue of Runner's World. "The Boston Wrangler" is a 6,000-word profile of Dave McGillivray, the man responsible for every logistical detail of the...
I'll be reading and signing The Pint Man at two Irish bars in the Twin Cities this week. On Thursday, May 20, I'll be at O'Gara's in St. Paul. The event is at 7 PM -- not at 8 PM, as was...