The American Scholar: Waving Not Drowning – Michael Dirda

The American Scholar: Waving Not Drowning – Michael Dirda.

“Is that all? By no means. That wisest of all science fiction writers, Barry Malzberg, recently suggested that I return to the work of Walter Tevis, whose two most celebrated novels became even more celebrated movies: The Hustler and The Man Who Fell to Earth. My friend the late Tom Disch once told me that Tevis’s The Queen’s Gambit—about an abused girl who discovers a profound gift for chess—was the best book he’d ever read about what it must feel like to be a genius.”

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