Live via Zoom:
Tuesday, October 13, 7:30 PM ET
Hosted by David J. Roth and guest host Megan Greenwell
Featuring Corey Sobel, author of The Redshirt
Created and hosted by writers Patrick Sauer and David J. Roth, Squawkin’ Sports is an ongoing series featuring book chats with grown-up authors writing about grown-ups playing kiddie games. For this installment, Megan Greenwell, editor of Wired.com and former editor-in-chief of Deadspin, guest hosts alongside Roth. Greenwell and Roth chat with Corey Sobel on his novel, The Redshirt, a compelling debut that sheds new light on the hypermasculine world of American football. The Redshirt introduces Miles Furling, a young man who is convinced he was placed on earth to play football. Deep in the closet, he sees the sport as a means of gaining a permanent foothold in a culture that would otherwise reject him. By some miracle he lands at King College, a Division 1 school with a middling team, and his roommate is Reshawn McCoy, the country’s top recruit, who baffles Miles and his teammates with his evident distaste for football and his passion for literature. Initially at odds with each other, the pair become confidants as the win-at-all-costs program makes brutal demands on their time and bodies. When their true selves and the identities that have been imposed on them by the game collide, both young men are forced to make life-changing choices.