Reflections on art, fitness, family, politics and literature that hit me like bricks as I chauffeur my children from place to place...
A pink taxi
December 29, 2010
Federer as Religious Experience
My personal discovery has been of a writer called David Foster Wallace, deceased before his time. He was a philosopher and every word he has written - he was prolific - carries its very heavy weight. Not a word misplaced. But he was a contemporary philosopher and his language was very casual. Yet, it all made sense. David Foster Wallace suffered from depression but that didn't transpire in his writings. Ironically, his various passions, especially the most mundane, reflected his passion for life. For example, he was obsessed with Alanisse Morisette. He also admired Roger Federer very much and wrote an article in the New York Times about him that wasn't objective in the least. In that, he shares something with me: he is a fan of the Swiss player. The philosopher humbled himself in his admiration. May I dare to suggest that this particular article is blog like? In a rather immodest (this is a rare facet of his character) he admits that watching Federer playing live in Wimbledon, which is a privileged seat, is a much more intense experience than viewing him on TV. I will therefore trespass into immodesty myself and boast that I have watched Roger Federer play against my revered Andre Agassi, albeit in Dubai...and have had the luck of dining with him once!
The pink taxi runs from 7 am to 7pm. It picks and drops off my 3 kids at school, ballet,judo, aikido, violin, climbing, riding, squash, basketball, skiing, skating, swim team, friends, grandparents and teachers. The car, not pink, but a black SUV, drives to Carrefour and Coop. To Club stretch for pilates and Aviation club for weekly workouts. It is driven by a woman who navigates on the radio, gets DJed by her 4 year old or sometimes quietly reflects. The thoughts are about politics, family, humor, literature, art or fitness. Sometimes they are excruciatingly longwinded, other times they are gossipy and hot.
I hope you will all enjoy!