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Life Imitates Art (or Bookshelf)

September 27, 2008

Last night, a friend and I went to the WNBA semifinals at the Garden, and cheered like mad as the New York Liberty wrestled victory from the Detroit Shock.  It was a good game, sometimes nerve-wracking and close, full of interesting plays from both sides.  Also in the stands were a handful of Rutgers University’s women’s basketball team, cheering on their former teammate, Essence Carson.  Including C. Viv herself.  It was fun to be able to see them in the stands, as they cheered, or watched, alertly, taking it all in.

How does this relate to books, you ask?  Because this morning’s task is to write a review of “Pressure is a Privelege,” by Billie Jean King, for the Ledger.  Unfortunately, I don’t have space, or opportunity to mention the Liberty game in the review I’m writing.  But the timing pleases me.  I grew up taking Title IX for granted, and taking for granted that women could be strong, dedicated athletes.  Billie Jean King was one of the pioneers who made Title IX possible, and made it possible for me to yell and cheer for the Liberty, a few rows away from local basketball players who made it to last year’s NCAA semifinals.

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