The Universal Baseball Association, Inc., J. Henry Waugh, Prop

The Universal Baseball Association Inc J Henry Waugh Prop A satirical fable with a rootless and helpless accountant as the protagonist Alone in his apartment he spends all his nights and weekends playing an intricate baseball game of his own invention The a

  • Title: The Universal Baseball Association, Inc., J. Henry Waugh, Prop
  • Author: Robert Coover
  • ISBN: 9780749398200
  • Page: 363
  • Format: Paperback
  • A satirical fable with a rootless and helpless accountant as the protagonist Alone in his apartment, he spends all his nights and weekends playing an intricate baseball game of his own invention The author has won the William Faulkner Award and an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award.

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    1. Robert Coover

      Born Robert Lowell Coover in Charles City, Iowa, Coover moved with his family early in his life to Herrin, Illinois, where his father was the managing editor for the Herrin Daily Journal Emulating his father, Coover edited and wrote for various school newspapers under the nom de plume Scoop He was also his high school class president, a school band member, and an enthusiastic supporter of the Cincinnati Reds In 1949 Coover enrolled in Southern Illinois University, and, after transferring to Indiana University in 1951, earned his bachelor s degree in 1953 with a major in Slavonic languages While in college, he continued editing student papers, as well as working part time for his father s newspaper The day he graduated, Coover received his draft notice and went on to serve in the U.S Naval Reserve during the Korean War, attaining the rank of lieutenant Upon his discharge in 1957, Coover devoted himself to fiction During the summer of that year, he spent a month sequestered in a cabin near the Canadian border, where he studied the work of Samuel Beckett and committed himself to writing serious avant garde fiction In 1958, he travelled to Spain, where he reunited with Maria del Pilar Sans Mallafr , whom he had earlier met while serving a military tour in Europe The couple married in 1959 and spent the summer touring southern Europe by motorcycle, an experience he described in One Summer in Spain Five Poems, his first published work Between 1958 and 1961, Coover studied at the University of Chicago, eventually receiving his master s degree in 1965 The Coovers lived in Spain for most of the early 1960s, a time during which Coover began regularly publishing stories in literary magazines, including the Evergreen Review In 1966, after the couple returned to the United States, Coover took a teaching position at Bard College in New York He also published his first novel, The Origin of the Brunists 1966 , which won the William Faulkner Award for best first novel In 1969, Coover won a Rockefeller Foundation grant and published Pricksongs and Descants, his first collection of short fiction That year, he also wrote, produced, and directed a movie, On a Confrontation in Iowa City 1969 Coover has maintained an interest in film throughout his career During the early 1970s, Coover published only short stories and drama, including A Theological Position 1972 , a collection of one act plays, all of which were eventually produced for the stage He also won Guggenheim fellowships in 1971 and 1974, and served as fiction editor for the Iowa Review from 1974 to 1977 By the mid 1970s, Coover had finished his next novel, The Public Burning it took him than two years to find a publisher for the work, which was ultimately cited as a National Book Award nominee Coover received a National Endowment for the Arts grant in 1985 and a Rea Award for A Night at the Movies 1987 , a collection of short stories While Coover concentrated primarily on short fiction with the exception of Gerald s Party during the 1980s, he produced a series of new novels during the 1990s Coover has taught at a number of universities, including the University of Iowa, Columbia University, Princeton University, and Brandeis University, throughout his career Since 1981 he has been a writer in residence and faculty member of the creative writing program at Brown University.Among the vanguard of American postmodern writers to come of age during the late 1960s, Coover is respected as a vital experimentalist whose challenging work continues to offer insight into the nature of literary creation, narrative forms, and cultural myths Convinced early in his career that traditional fictional modes were exhausted, Coover has pioneered a variety of inventive narrative techniques, notably complex metafictional structures and ludic pastiches of various genres to satirize contemporary American society and the role of the author In this wa

    702 thoughts on “The Universal Baseball Association, Inc., J. Henry Waugh, Prop”

    1. This is one weird book. But I liked it a lot.Two personal personality quirks might account for this: 1) The main character has created an entire fantasy baseball league, and is in the process of playing out year 56. Not with real players. Entirely created and maintained and imagined by J. Henry Waugh, Prop. Years are played out, deaths are mourned, injuries happen, he creates complete lives for each player, all centered around the game of baseball.Note: The rest of this review has been withdrawn [...]

    2. Thought at first this was five stars all the way. Loved the hokey old-timey baseball lingo, the imagined play by play, wisecrackery, the names, all the TWIBby "how 'bout that?" boyhood baseball wonder and a box of Cracker Jacks, the joys and sorrows of the personalities and stats, the history and the present, especially in that all of it -- the games and the chatter in the dugouts and off-field scandals -- very explicitly took place in an obsessive gamer's imagination. Laughed out loud when I le [...]

    3. Video review: youtube/watch?v=KdnUiFeatured in my Top 20 Books I Read in 2017Very dense and occasionally boring, but impossibly rewarding and filled with so, sooo many layers of meaning and with reflections on everything from loneliness to death, from artistic creation to control. A minor masterpiece for sure.

    4. As someone who, as a child, invented whole basketball teams: bouncing a ball on the narrow sidewalk between two houses, becoming each carefully imagined player, each with an age, height, weight, scoring average, assists, rebounds, shooting style, tendencies; imagining a basket and a backboard where none existed against the siding, shooting each unique way, and seeing if I could make them score and make them win; well, the idea of The Universal Baseball Association doesn't sound so crazy. I can u [...]

    5. What shocked me, after hearing about Coover, was that the plot of the book isn't the star here, nor the characters. Rather, the charm of the book is almost entirely in the structure, which is remarkably playful, complex, and nuanced. I was expecting some sprawling Pynchonesque thing, but instead I got a fun, almost breezy, frequently comic novel touched with metafictional elements.

    6. Now with Afterword This is not a book about baseball. It's a book about a man who enjoys his solitude and crates a whole world of stats and player biographies in a fake a basball league that's (real?), the players live and die,break records as it's creator losses his fucking mind. He invets a whole league, he explains that he takes words he sees in real life and turns them into ball player names, I come up with few myself. Here is my starting line up and team namete the words used are words I se [...]

    7. Imagine a man sitting quietly at a kitchen table. He sits before a jumble of papers illuminated by an overhead light. He's playing a game by throwing dice. His name is J. Henry Waugh. Suggests Jehovah, doesn't it? It's supposed to. Henry is the inventor of an incredibly complete and complex baseball game in which practically every possible event is determined by the roll of 3 dice. His Universal Baseball Association is a league of 8 teams populated by imaginary players. Henry plays seasons with [...]

    8. Infinite Jest aside--that novel is in a league of its own starring Geena Davis, Rosie O'Donell, and Tom Hanks as the foul-mouthed ex-ballplayer with a heart of gold--this is best thing I've read all year. Here's why:a) First, it's beautifully written. Robert Coover is often grouped with D Barthelme and J Barth, but he's a clearer writer than the former and a better stylist than the latter. On the strength of this work, I picked up a cheap copy of Pricksongs and Descants, a collection of Coover's [...]

    9. Man, I love baseball. It's hard to write about the literary merits of this mind-bending book, of which there are DEFINITELY many (in short, without talking about baseball, the created world becomes the real world), without talking about baseball. And the fact that Coover created a complex board game equivalent of modern fantasy/tabletop baseball that used statistics in ways that were never discussed until Billy Beane's SABRmetric-focused appearance in "Moneyball." But the world that Coover creat [...]

    10. I feel like this could easily be a five-star bookr someone else. Probably someone who likes baseball a lot more than I do. I'm definitely impressed with what it accomplishes; you could basically say it's an account of a man's life falling apart at the seams due to an obsession with a proto-World-of-Warcraft. And in that way, it's eerily prescient. Well executed, too. Henry Waugh's fantasy baseball league is imagined from the ground up, complete with its own history and a huge group of fully real [...]

    11. Well, first things first, I don't give a damn about baseball. This book probably would have meant more to me if I did, but I enjoyed it a lot nonetheless. It's too bad my baseball-loving father doesn't give a damn about experimental novels-maybe between the two of us we would have been able to make a bit more sense of this thing.But anyway, this is only tangentially a novel about baseball. It's more about imagination, and creativity, and statistics, and rules, and (ugh, sorry-but I can't think o [...]

    12. I'm eager to discuss this book primarily because of how much I disliked it.Moments ago, I summarized it for my husband, and he said, "That sounds interesting. I'd never read it, but if you were stoned and had that idea for a book, it'd be pretty exciting."That's the gist: If I were intoxicated or otherwise impaired and had the idea for this book, it would be exciting. Now, running that idea out for 242 pages is simply mad, and let's face it, cruel.I understand why this book is considered great b [...]

    13. Underrated gem - it's a difficult book, especially in the second half, but it has both beauty and daring going for it. Less about baseball than about theology, and most of all it seems to me to be a parable about writing. It has some elements that I disliked - way too much nastiness for nastiness's sake - but the high points make up for it. Extremely creative. It also bears saying given the rise of fantasy sports: prescient.It's like a 4.51 for me. I'll remember it.

    14. I loved this one by Coover. It's probably as aided by the fact that I also love baseball. I listen to podcasts and the radio broadcasts of my favorite team. The way Coover captures the game is pitch perfect. In fact the only quibble I have is that Coover is a Reds fan.

    15. Disappointed with this one. I wanted to learn more about Henry but instead the focus was instead on the players he created. Ultimately frustrating.

    16. Most of this novel reads like a Charlie Kaufman script - sad sack at dead-end job creates and immerses himself into a creative world that fractures then floods what little arks of order and sailboats of sanity buoyed and bounced the boy through the seas of anonymous adulthood. And, to make it more painful, attempting to explain the rules and regulations, the priveleges and privations of the population of this interior planet just pushes real ("real" i.e. adult, happy in day-to-day anonymity) peo [...]

    17. Basically, this is a pre-D&D roleplaying geekout disguised as a quite elegant baseball novel. The sports writing is stellar but the plot seems to plod pretty predictably along, and frankly I didn't get the ending at all! I thought there'd be nine chapters because of all the stuff about numerology, but there were only 8 and the author decided to create this kind of meta-russian roulette round out of the last chapter: that seemed a little sloppy: I was just starting to like some of the other i [...]

    18. The popularity of fantasy sports has given rise to a new sports fan: those whose interest is based more on stats than on learning the nuisances of the game. There are people who would never sit through an entire game, but check their phones every morning to see updated fantasy stats. There are people out there who have never seen Mike Trout play one game, but based on fantasy stats would declare him the best player in baseball. Are these people true fans, or simply posers whose obsessions will c [...]

    19. Three stars feels a bit too generous, but two stars feels a bit too harsh. The creation of a tabletop game and the world and characters born from it are all sufficiently described with great prose.but the description and happenings of Henry's own life are pretty flat in comparison. The plots action and development feel pedestrian and predictable. The existential confusion and depression Henry burdens after the unlikely death of the pitcher Damon Rutherford feels hard to empathize with in any way [...]

    20. My starting line-up for the last couple of weeks of the 2011 regular season, off-days and injuries allowing: 1. Michael Bourne, cf 2. Ben Zobrist, 2b 3. Albert Pujols, 1b 4. Josh Hamilton, rf 5. Michael Morse, lf 6. Mike Napoli, dh 7. Miguel Montero, c 8. Martin Prado, 3b 9. Yunel Escobar, ssYes, I know that one doesn't have to set an actual line-up in Fantasy Baseball, nor pick specific outfield slots in our league; nevertheless, I did find myself at odd moments of the day, setting my line-ups, [...]

    21. I gotta be honest, this is a generous 3 star rating. I really wanted more out of this book than I got. I was completely won over by the descriptions and reviews of this book, and perhaps filled in gaps too much (or at least got excited by my version of what the book would be). I was expecting more magical realism, a blending of real and made-up worldsbut really, I got a study in obsessive behavior. Not what I wanted.Some I spoke about this book with before reading it expressed interest but doubt [...]

    22. Bizarre, tragic with flashes of humor, very well-written. Coover draws us quite close to a man on the brink of madness. In reality, being stuck in close proximity to actual madness, one's own or someone else's, quickly becomes a dull, hopeless, often excruciating experience, in the end not at all interesting or exciting as so many romanticized depictions of craziness would have us believe. In this novel, Coover's Henry Waugh teeters back and forth across the line, momentarily regaining insight a [...]

    23. This book is about a guy who creates his own baseball dice game. It would actually be better described as a baseball league I guess, since he creates teams and they compete over the course of seasons. Depending on the roll of the dice, batters get hits or make outs. The batters who make a lot of hits earn star points that give them a slight advantage in future dice rolls in the following season. The same thing goes for the pitchers who record a lot of outs. Stars can lose their advantage after g [...]

    24. Can't quite say 4 stars. Liked it, didn't REALLY like it. It has its moments for sure, this strange story of Fantasy Baseball, pre-dating the way we play fantasy sports in the year 2011. It's rolling dice (like Strat-o-matic, I think) and entering another world, another time, where these ballplayers become his reality. There are some dirty moments in here, the sex right out there, talk of his B-Girl and it was funny in several scenes as well, this strange life. But overall, it was hard to follow [...]

    25. Lonely middle-aged guy creates an all-consuming fantasy baseball league 1968. Sure, table top simulation games were around back then, but Henry Waugh takes it to an Internet level of obsessiveness. This has been on my reading list for some time and it is tough to find--had to go the interlibrary loan route. Coover is an aggressively creative writer, but far too often I found myself struggling to stay afloat in the overflowing stream of consciousness. Granted, it's to be expected in a book about [...]

    26. The story started out as a 5 but like some baseball games got long in the tooth. The concept of an aging man with an obsessive habit of playing - by himself - chanced based fantasy games whose worlds shift between reality and the games is brilliant and fresh. Unfortunately the book becomes unreadable as the author slips into and gets bogged down in the imaginary world of the UBA. I wanted more of Henry and the consequences of his actions and less chapters long forays about UBA and the players.

    27. Reading this book felt like being trapped in an elevator with a downward spiraling hallucinating individual. You keep hoping that the visions will pass and some sensible narrative will form but instead the sporadic glimmers of sanity quickly fade back into nonsense. Viewed as a case study in obsession and imagination the book does I wonderful job, I just found the execution on that theme excruciating.

    28. Baseball season starts this weekend. I'm sitting here at my desk listening to Deep Wound on headphones and staring straight ahead. I tried to engage my coworkers about how the O's are my team and I'm getting more and more into the Nats however my nosebleed, it seems, was too much for them. I sent out a mass email trying to start a fantasy baseball league but no one had heard of Belphegor or He Who Swallows Darkness.

    29. Published in 1968, Coover's book knocks the cover off the ball of baseball-themed stories with a mind-expanding premise for this recovering Catholic.enpedia/wiki/The_Uni.

    30. No matter how good I think the writing was or how creative the theme invokes deeper meaning, it is all a moot point if I want to put the book down and walk away. At least three times, I was okay simply not finishing the book.

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