Sizzling Chops and Devilish Spins

Ping-Pong and the Art of Staying Alive


By Jerome Charyn

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Ping-pong, played in every corner of the world by over 250 million people, cast a hypnotic spell on Jerome Charyn’s imagination early on. Sizzling Chops and Devilish Spins portrays the great pongistes, from Ruth Aaron, the Ginger Rogers of table tennis, to writer Henry Miller. From ping-pong detente in China to the underground bars of New York, the playlands of Las Vegas, and the convention centers of Florida, Charyn details the sport’s history while passionately arguing for its benefits in combating aging-related depression. The book includes photographs of ping-pong’s champions.


On Sale
Sep 20, 2002
Page Count
160 pages
Da Capo Press

Jerome Charyn

About the Author

Jerome Charyn was born in the Bronx in 1937. His novel The Green Lantern was one of the five finalists for the 2005 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction and he is the author of more than thirty books. A film professor as well as a novelist and essayist, he is currently Distinguished Professor of Film Studies at the American University of Paris.

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