From Frank Bascombe, the 38-year-old narrator of Richard Ford's 1986 PEN/Faulkner finalist The Sportswriter:
Why, you might ask, would a man give up a promising literary career -- there were some good notices -- to become a sportswriter?
It's a good question. For now let me say only this: if sportswriting teaches you anything, and there is much truth to it as well as plenty of lies, it is that for your life to be worth anything you must sooner or later face the possibility of terrible, searing regret. Though you must also manage to avoid it or your life will be ruined.
I believe I have done these two things. Faced down regret. Avoided ruin. And I am still here to tell about it.
Tags: Richard Ford, The Sportswriter