In the 2008 Wimbledon men’s final, Centre Court was a stage set worthy of Shakespearean drama. Five-time champion Roger Federer was on track to take his rightful place as the most dominant player in the history of the game. He just needed to cling to his trajectory. So in the last few moments of daylight, Centre Court witnessed a coronation. Only it wasn’t a crowning for the Swiss heir apparent but for a swashbuckling Spaniard. Twenty-two-year-old Rafael Nadal prevailed, in five sets, in what was, according to the author, "essentially a four-hour, forty-eight-minute infomercial for everything that is right about tennis—a festival of skill, accuracy, grace, strength, speed, endurance, determination, and sportsmanship." It was also the encapsulation of a fascinating rivalry, hard fought and of historic proportions. In the tradition of John McPhee’s classic Levels of the Game, Strokes of Genius deconstructs this defining moment in sport, using that match as the backbone of a provocative, thoughtful, and entertaining look at the science, art, psychology, technology, strategy, and personality that go into a single tennis match.With vivid, intimate detail, Wertheim re-creates this epic battle in a book that is both a study of the mechanics and art of the game and the portrait of a rivalry as dramatic as that of Ali–Frazier, Palmer–Nicklaus, and McEnroe–Borg.
"It comes as a great shock when the active and very articulate man you have shared your life with for sixty odd years has a stroke and loses all his speech." Mick Sutton knew his wife, but could not speak her name. He could not write his own, could hardly make sense of the hospital menu, let alone read his paper or a book. His frustration was palpable. Then he met Fiona, his Speech Therapist, whose guidance worked wonders. Gradually she built up Mick's speech and his ability to write grammatically. "I think if I had to describe Mick's approach to rehabilitation it was that he saw it as a new job," Fiona explains. "He was very disciplined and motivated, and I have no doubt that his letters and postcards sent to me during a world cruise, reproduced in this volume with very few language or stylistic corrections, will indicate his progress." The letters and postcards written by Mick while on a world cruise is a saga of recovery and an inspiration for others who have to overcome the challenges of a stroke or similar unexpected changes or hurdles in their lives.
This book’s first edition was written after my six year odyssey following my stroke. The doctors said if I did not die I would be completely incapacitated physically, mentally and emotionally. They said I had lost 45% of my brain and was declared 100% disabled for life. Somehow I found a way to healing and thriving as a human being. This extended second edition has added information on my eleven additional years of successful therapies which have helped me fulfill my life beyond my dreams. This edition includes my mentoring with other stroke survivors who have contacted me after they read the first edition.
Everybody knows that Leonardo da Vinci was an artist - that he was the mastermind behind the infamous Mona Lisa and designed the first-ever flying machine. But did you also know that da Vinci: - spent a decade making a clay horse? - had his very own pet dragon? - loved to wear pink? Full of rivalries between artists, incredible inventions and passages from Leonardo's lost notebook, discover everything you ever wanted to know about the man with the paintbrush!
It is arguably the most famous photograph in the history of cricket. In George Beldam's picture, Victor Trumper is caught in mid stroke, the personification of cricketing grace, skill and power, about to hit the ball long and hard. Yet this image, 'Jumping Out', is important not only because of who it depicts, but also what it illustrates about the changing nature of the game and how it has been seen. Now, in Gideon Haigh's brilliant new book, Stroke of Genius, we learn not only about the man in the picture but also the iconography of Trumper's powerful position in cricket's mythology. For many, Australian batsman Trumper was the greatest ever. Neville Cardus wrote: 'I have never yet met a cricketer who, having seen and played with Victor Trumper, did not describe him without doubt or hesitation as the most accomplished of all batsmen of his acquaintance.' Like Lionel Messi or Roger Federer today, he defied the obvious bounds of affiliation. Unlike the current generation of sporting stars, however, there were no memoirs or papers, very few interviews, no action footage - even his date of birth is a matter of debate and conjecture. What isn't in doubt, though, is the impact he had on the game and on his nation. Haigh reveals how Trumper, and 'Jumping Out', helped to change cricket from the Victorian era of static imagery to something much more dynamic, modern and compelling. As such, Trumper helped not only transform cricket but even the way his country viewed itself.
Celebrate the beauty, diversity and expression of drawing with this second collection in the Strokes of Genius series - 140 examples of the finest drawing being done today. Fresh from the studios and sketchpads of 100 artists, these striking creations run the gamut from highly detailed, remarkably realistic images that were months in the making, to contour drawings, journal sketches and gestures captured in mere minutes. Selections feature original approaches to landscapes, portraits and other classic subjects, along with offbeat inspirations like vintage photos and washed-off watercolor paintings. In these pages you'll find: • A vast range of mediums and combinations, including charcoal, pencil, pastel, ink and more • An exciting mix of styles and techniques presented in subject-specific chapters: Portraits, Cityscapes, Animals, the Human Figure, Landscapes and Still Life • Firsthand perspective on the processes behind the work, offering expert insights on capturing atmosphere, telling a story, finding the right pose, achieving vitality of line, and much more With a special focus on the power of light and shadow, this work has an immediacy that is honest and engaging. Filled with strokes of poetry, precision and passion, this is a memorable collection of art as well as an inspiring survey of techniques that artists use to translate impressions to paper.
In Stroke of Genius, I Profess Vol. 2, Gentleman Klark has combined fine pieces of literature that come together into a story book composition body of work that surpasses being just a decent poetography. As an autobiography in poems, this book has moments that are serious, disappointing, humorous, and inspiring. Gent gives a descriptive word show of what it's like journeying through the different hoods, and sailing waters in the different ships of life: childhood, adulthood, parenthood, and friendships, relationships, and partnerships. In this follow up to I Profess, Gent fills audiences in on experiences in depth and Stroke of Genius does not fall short in showing his growth and maturity as a man, as well as his skill as an author and poet. Through his pen, through his heart, and through his mind, Gent displays his writing versatility as he poetically expresses sexually intimate and non-intimate experiences. To meet expectations of various critics, he proves he is not a one track minded writer, and that he can literally, poetically write about any and every feeling, idea, and experience. Stroke of Genius is an all around, all the way through compilation of fancy penmanship, witty, wooing wordsmanship, linguistic art expressions of good intent, misery, pleasure, pain, heartache, disappointment, madness, joy, anger, and love. It all has an advanced level of creative quality that makes it far from dull poetry. As you read, you'll enjoy how Gent's words are fashionably and elegantly placed, how his thoughts and experiences are beautifully and carefully described, making his expressions visually imaginable and appealing. A literary and publishing upgrade from the first I Profess in several categories including: smarts, creative clarity, and content. Gent has certainly worked to develop as a published author and increase the value of his work. A book showcase full of writing skill and poetic talent. Poetry that returns the fun to reading. Worth every cent. There are so many poems, and each poem is like it's own story itself. Where poetry and publishing meet. Stroke of Genius, I Profess Vol. 2 is the calligraphy of printed poetry.
Celebrating the best drawings by contemporary artists, the Strokes of Genius series follows the beautiful, ongoing story of contemporary drawing through the work and words of some of today's top artists. Focusing on the theme "Inspiring Subjects," this thoughtfully curated 10th edition features the artists' most compelling subject matter. Artists and art lovers alike are sure to be inspired by the resulting energy and expressiveness showcased on these pages. 127 modern-day masterpieces in charcoal, pencil, pastel, colored pencil, scratchboard, pen and ink, and more A breathtaking diversity of styles and approaches Comments from the artists offer fresh-from-the-studio advice, insights, and anecdotes not found anywhere else