Friday Night Lights
I recently read H. G. Bissinger's Pulitzer Prize winning book, Friday Night Lights, a great read. My father-in-law and I both had copies and on a recent visit here, we both read and talked about the book that Sports Illustrated calls the best football book of all time. But football is not the real topic of the book as much as human nature, culture, a picture of Americana that helps us understand the landscape through the lens of a football-crazed city. The book burned some in the city, particularly the coach, Gary Gaines, who along with many others perhaps thought the one-year live in reporting that Bissinger did would produce a "Hoosiers" book. It didn't, but the long-term effect of the book perhaps might be a more healthy perspective on sports across the country.