“The Art of Fielding”

Editor’s note: I recently discovered “The Art of Fielding” by Chad Harbach. It’s a wonderful novel about a college baseball star, the people in his world, and how they grapple with the ups and downs of oh, so many things — hope, fear, dashed dreams, new starts, friendship, and love, to name a few. Here’s one of my favorite quotes: 


“What would he say to her, if he was going to speak truly? He didn’t know. Talking was like throwing a baseball. You couldn’t plan it out beforehand. You just had to let go and see what happened. You had to throw out words without knowing whether anyone would catch them — you had to throw words you knew no one would catch. You had to send your words out where they weren’t yours anymore. It felt better to talk with a ball in your hand, it felt better to let the ball do the talking. But the world, the non baseball world, the world of love and sex and jobs and friends, was made of words.”