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By Shane Anderson
Following the four tenets of the Golden State Warriors (joy, mindfulness, compassion, and competition), an American expat in Berlin uses basketball as a lens through which to discover the meaning of life.
Publication Date: December 1, 2021
In 2016, Shane Anderson made a vow to live according to the four core values of the Golden State Warriors to escape a decade of defeats—including divorce, debilitating spinal surgery and a suicide attempt. The basketball team’s values of joy, mindfulness, compassion and competition became Anderson’s guiding principles, providing him with a lens to investigate the emptiness of contemporary life, from homelessness to rave culture and the limits of self-help. Part memoir, part essay, and part chronicle of the greatest five-year stretch of a team in NBA history, After the Oracle depicts the makes and misses of one expat trying to make a life worth living.
Shane Anderson is the author of three books of poetry and experimental prose and has translated three books of poetry and basketball literature. His work has appeared or will appear in The Nation, the Los Angeles Review of Books, 032c, Asymptote and elsewhere. He is the translator of Thomas Pletzinger’s Spiegel Bestseller The Great Nowitzki, published by Norton.
"You can't fake the funk on a nasty dunk and Shane Anderson's post-oracular post-genre new book is proof." — Joshua Cohen, author of The Netanyahus, Book of Numbers, and Witz
Reviews of work by Shane Anderson:
“Shane Anderson’s ‘Joy’ is contagious." ––The Poetry Foundation