Saturday, November 20, 2010

The Passion of Tiger Woods

I recently finished a short book about Tiger's troubles, The Passion of Tiger Woods: An Anthropologist Reports on Golf, Race, and Celebrity Scandal. It's forthcoming from Duke University Press here in Durham. I gave a first public presentation about the book last week at Duke's John Hope Franklin Center. This was a big step for me: the first real event of any kind I've done since going to Sweden for a major double artificial disc surgery in September. Here, complete with my annoying verbal tic of using "sort of" seemingly every sentence, is an excerpt about Tigergate and our strange modern obsession with celebrity scandal.