“Paddled”


Christopher Beam in GQ:

On my first day at Shichahai Sports School, the elite athletic academy in Beijing, Coach Chang introduces me to his ping-pong class. “We have a new American student,” he says, peering out from behind the prescription sunglasses he wears indoors. As all eyes turn toward me, I feel a rush of nerves. It’s like day one of kindergarten again, only this time I have chest hair. “He claims he’s been playing for more than ten years,” Chang goes on, “but from what I’ve seen, it looks more like ten days.” The class erupts into high-pitched giggles.

That’s way harsh, dude.

Craig Newmark

Craig Newmark

Associate Professor of Economics, North Carolina State Univ.

Related Articles

0

A Defiant Dance of Power AND Sex

by: Andrew Collins What did you see onstage at the Super Bowl halftime show? According to Patheos.com blogger David Henson, if

1

Pussification Hits MLB

The ongoing pussification of the NFL is getting serious. It is spreading to baseball: A busy day of meetings that

0

Larry Eustachy

It’s: a lovely story. People who quit alcohol deserve an awful lot of credit.