'Listen, you son of a bitch, life isn't all a goddam football game! You won't always get the girl! Life is rejection and pain and loss...'
A Fan's Notes - the horrible and hilarious account of a long failure. Our narrator is the ultimate unreconstructed male. His primary concerns are alcohol, sex and the New York Giants. But things go very wrong for him - he drinks too much, he's impotent and the Giants start to loose. And so we follow his boozy trail through two failed marriages, many bars and intermittent visits to Avalon Valley - a private home for the mentally ill. Shockingly politically incorrect, terribly self-indulgent but more than redeemed by its unremitting honesty and insight this is the unforgettable story of a man laid bare.
Fred Exley is the author of A Fan's Notes, Pages from a Cold Island and Last Notes from Home. He was nominated for a National Book Award, was the recipient of the William Faulkner Award, recevied the National Institute of Arts and Letters Rosenthal award, and won a Playboy Silver medal for the best non-fiction piece of 1974. He also received a Rockerfeller Foundation grant, a Harper-Saxton Fellowship, and a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship. Frederick Exley died in 1992.