Robert Lipsyte



Well, we got into 2018, but at the moment we're in the middle of a "bomb cyclone," an exciting, scary-crazy blizzard driven by fierce northeast winds. It feels just like political climate of 2017.

It's the first time in my life that the President of the United States has made me feel unsafe and I've lived through Kennedy's Cuban missile crisis, nutjob Nixon and Bush's weapons of mass destruction. As a school kid I had to "duck and cover" in atomic bomb drills. My Dad always said that nothing in life is as good or bad as your imagination can make it. That helps some.

In better news, the fiftieth anniversary edition of THE CONTENDER will be published in February, and in March, Rutgers University Press will be publishing a new edition of SportsWorld: An American Dreamland, my 1975 farewell to sports (I came back).

On May 11, the film version of One Fat Summer, my 1977 Young Adult novel, starring Donald Sutherland, Blake Cooper, Luke Wilson, and Judy Greer will be released. It's title is MEASURE OF A MAN. It was written by the gifted screenwriter David Searce (A Single Man), directed by Jim Loach and produced by Christian Taylor.

I'll be returning for the spring semester at Wake Forest University, speaking in the Communications, Education and Documentary Film departments. A great school of terrific students and professors, especially Alan Brown, a scholar of YA literature.

I'm still writing my monthly column for the Shelter Island Reporter, my hometown newspaper. It's called CODGER.

While awaiting Sam Lipsyte's new novel, "Hark," there's his latest volume of short stories, "The Fun Parts," which got rave reviews. Janet Maslin in the New York Times called him a "literary rock star." (And I remember when he fronted a noise punk band, Dung Beetle.) and, of course, Sam's last novel, "The Ask," published by FSG, a New York Times best-seller and one of its best books of 2010.

My memoir, "An Accidental Sportswriter," published seven years ago by Ecco/​HarperCollins, is still in paperback and Kindle.

Don't forget another great read, "Along the Roaring River: My Wild Ride from Mao to the Met" by Hao Jiang Tian with Lois B. Morris.

I'll be using THE LIPSITE page for articles you might enjoy and whatever is currently on my mind about my novel writing life. In the JOCK CULTURE section you'll find pieces about my take on sports. Right now, there's a terrific piece about me by Bryan Curtis, the ace Grantland writer.

Don't forget to go to the website of my wife, Lois B. Morris, and take the free personality test. I did. Learned a lot about myself. Gotta be a book in it!

And then there is Milo, who arrived from a shelter almost eight years ago. He's about 14 years old, a beautiful tri-color (black, white, brown) Cocker Spaniel mixture from Last Chance Animal Rescue. He was named for the protagonist in "The Ask." He's sweet and funny and doesn't eat grandchildren. He might write his own book someday.

There's always time to answer your e-mails. So don't forget to drop me a line. If I don't answer immediately, I'm probably writing.


Tom and Eddie, twins raised on separate planets, must overcome their differences to save the world.
My New Memoir
"Jock Culture glorifies the young, the strong and the beautiful, and Lipsyte, the would-be Chekhov, gets the tragic implications. That's why his columns, and this marvelous memoir, 'An Accidental Sportswriter,' are so affecting." --ANN LEVIN, ASSOCIATED PRESS
A high school baseball player faces a moral challenge
A pulse-pounding ride in the world of NASCAR
"a riveting and chilling look inside contemporary high school football" - *Publishers Weekly
Before you can be a champion,
you have to be a contender.

Sequel to The Contender
Sonny Bear is the champ!
The final story in The Contender quartet
“You’re bound to like this fat boy right from the start...very funny.”
-Kirkus Reviews
The Men Who Made It America's Favorite Game
Mortality confronted with hard-earned outrage, first at the author's cancer, then his ex-wife's.