1. Novelist Colson Whitehead was a decent amateur card player when Grantland Magazine made him an offer. They’d stake his $10,000 entrance fee if he’d spend a few weeks training and then enter the World Series of Poker, and write about it. 
The result is Whitehead’s new book, "The Noble Hustle: Poker, Beef Jerky and Death." He spoke with Fresh Air contributor, Dave Davies, and told him why he thinks his looks are well-suited for poker —

 ”I discovered quite early that I have a good poker face because I’m half dead inside …Something about my lack of affect, going back to childhood maybe, some formative experiences, my genetic makeup, makes it appear as if I don’t have a lot going on behind the eyes. …I have a very low emotional bandwidth, always have. It hasn’t really helped me out in a lot of social interactions but it turns out at a poker table, if you present a certain stillness, your opponents will project all sorts of things onto you …when really I’m just cataloging my regrets and failures, and thinking about how I can improve my life.”

You can listen to the rest of the interview here. View in High-Res

    Novelist Colson Whitehead was a decent amateur card player when Grantland Magazine made him an offer. They’d stake his $10,000 entrance fee if he’d spend a few weeks training and then enter the World Series of Poker, and write about it.

    The result is Whitehead’s new book, "The Noble Hustle: Poker, Beef Jerky and Death." He spoke with Fresh Air contributor, Dave Davies, and told him why he thinks his looks are well-suited for poker

     ”I discovered quite early that I have a good poker face because I’m half dead inside …Something about my lack of affect, going back to childhood maybe, some formative experiences, my genetic makeup, makes it appear as if I don’t have a lot going on behind the eyes. …I have a very low emotional bandwidth, always have. It hasn’t really helped me out in a lot of social interactions but it turns out at a poker table, if you present a certain stillness, your opponents will project all sorts of things onto you …when really I’m just cataloging my regrets and failures, and thinking about how I can improve my life.”

    You can listen to the rest of the interview here.

  2. Colson Whitehead

    The Noble Hustle

    Zone One

    Fresh AIr

    gambling

    poker

    Authors

  1. On average, 24 horses die each week at race tracks in the U.S. Many horses that break down run with injuries masked by injected painkillers. On tomorrow’s Fresh Air, we talk to investigative reporters Walt Bogdanich and Joe Drape about their investigation into American racing. 



Longchamp Horse Racecourse- Paris, France - Hippodrome de Longchamp (by DiGitALGoLD)

    On average, 24 horses die each week at race tracks in the U.S. Many horses that break down run with injuries masked by injected painkillers. On tomorrow’s Fresh Air, we talk to investigative reporters Walt Bogdanich and Joe Drape about their investigation into American racing.

    Longchamp Horse Racecourse- Paris, France - Hippodrome de Longchamp (by DiGitALGoLD)

  2. horseracing

    track

    gambling

    new york times

    walt bogdanich

    joe drape

  1. Recapturing revenue lost to neighboring states is now the primary reason why states legalize gambling, says economist Richard McGowan. View in High-Res

    Recapturing revenue lost to neighboring states is now the primary reason why states legalize gambling, says economist Richard McGowan.

  2. gambling

    revenue

    richard mcgowan

    boston college