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Squash at the New Yorker

Posted by Christopher Shea  October 17, 2008 01:49 PM

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Harvard v. Yale on the squash court

Remember those multi-part series the New Yorker used to run in the pre-Brown, pre-Remnick days -- like that one on the dangers of living near electric powerlines? (Oops -- the reportage there was thoroughly debunked.)* Anyway, the Globe's Alex Beam has a sprightlier version of one of those epic journalistic undertakings underway on Vanity Fair's Web site, this one on the role that the sport of squash has played in the history of that grand American magazine.

The short version is that the sport ain't what it used to be in those hallowed halls -- a disappointment to Beam, a self-diagnosed squash obsessive.

(It's actually a series-within-a-series about all things squash-concerned. I'm waiting for -- did I miss it? -- the post on squash's role as affirmative action for the prep-school set. Squash is one of the last arenas in which private-school students don't have to compete for college slots against the unwashed masses. Occasionally, though, a ringer from India or Pakistan will sweep in to shake up the WASP-y scene.)

*I would have used that old E.J. Kahn joke, but Beam beat me to it, complete with apologies to Kahn's son, a friend of his.

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