The Other Journal: Sport

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FEATURING: Adam Joyce, Lincoln Harvey, Marcia W. Mount Shoop, Margot Starbuck, and Tim Suttle PLUS: Let's Dance: Zumba and the Imago Dei of Gorgeous Black Bodies * Commercial Participation: Modern Sports Fandom and Sacramental Ontology * The Work of Play * Lines and Lines Athwart Lines * Singing with Losers-- AND MORE ... The ancient Olympic video games were held every 4 years at the temple of Zeus. They were a major cultural and spiritual occasion that functioned as a contest between rivaling nation-states. Particular strands of mythology even recommend that Heracles, the strongest of mortal guys, arranged the occasion and built the Olympic stadium in honor of his daddy, Zeus. Today, couple of athletes devote their efforts to the honor of Zeus, however there stays a specific religiosity at work in sport's location within Western culture. Fame, fortune, and honor; character and fair play; ability and creative perfection likewise stay at stake, simply in brand-new ways. As Marcia W. Mount Shoop describes in her interview with Jessica Coblentz, sports still ""use our most primal existential requirements for vitality, for purpose, for creativity, for connection and community, and for work and play,"" and in this, our twenty-fifth concern of The Other Journal, we dive into these attributes of sport, beginning literally with Jennifer Stewart Fueston's poem ""A Swim"" and then continuing on to the ancient Greek stadium at Nemea. Our factors think about the principles, commodification, and embodiment of particular events, as well as the personal and cultural stories which weave in and out of sport. They do the hard work of diligent fandom at football video games; walk us through baseball liturgies; and take us to the windy courts of Philo, Illinois, where kept in mind author David Foster Wallace was an outside tennis savant. They show us how to fly and then how to lose. And they welcome us to dance, ""to let our bodies taste the salt of our sweat, hear the pant of exhalation, and feel the perspiration on our skin, for it remains in these very possibilities,"" argues John B. White, ""that we connect to God, others, and self."" The concern features essays and reviews by Jeff Appel, Andrew Arndt, Ben Bishop, Jen Grabarczyk-Turner, Lincoln Harvey, Jonathan Hiskes, Adam Joyce, Lakisha R. Lockhart-Rusch, Benj Petroelje, Justin Randall Phillips, Heather L. Reid, Margot Starbuck, Tim Suttle, and John B. White; an interview by Jessica Coblentz with Marcia W. Mount Shoop; imaginative nonfiction by Brett Beasley, Meghan Florian, and Katie Karnehm-Esh; poetry by Bethany Bowman, Catherine Thiel Lee, and Jennifer Stewart Fueston; and art by Allen Forrest, Gerald Lopez, and Abigail Platter.

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