A noted nature writer and chronicler of the U.S. West who read here for his book on Edward Abbey and Wallace Stegner, All the Wild That Remains, David Gessner writes of a different wildness, one he’s pursued on his own over the years, in Ultimate Glory: Frisbee, Obsession, and My Wild Youth (Riverhead).
“The history of Ultimate Frisbee had not yet been written by one who was there, there for the ugly, early, drunken days when men first turned to themselves and one another and asked whether a modified form of football could be played using flying discs, and answered, ‘Yes!,’ or didn’t answer, just started playing it, running and drinking and diving. Gessner has come for the game that made him great. Read it.” —John Jeremiah Sullivan.
“An important contribution to the history of Ultimate—not a ‘hippie-dippie’ activity but an exciting sport requiring tremendous athleticism worthy of respect.” —Booklist.
Would but that we could have scheduled or arranged an Ultimate Frisbee match as part of this, a game frequently played across the street from Elliott Bay in Cal Anderson Park. Read this and you’ll appreciate watching, or playing, even more.