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Jordy Michaels Leaps the Great Divide by R J Dent

June 26, 2010

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They were called the dividers, but they were all gamblers.

There were eight of them – five men and three women. Out of that eight, Jordy Michaels was, without doubt, the best of them. It was Jordy who had won the most money; it was Jordy who had set three new records – and broken two of them himself; it was Jordy who mostly found the best divides, whether they were in New York, Mexico City, Chicago, Toronto, or wherever.

After Jordy, Alec Murdoch was probably the best of the rest. Murdoch was the only one who Jordy considered offered any sort of challenge to his supremacy. Jordy watched Murdoch go through his habitual finger-stretching exercises, sure that one day Murdoch would replace him, just as Jordy had once replaced the sadly lamented Wayne ‘Wings’ Stubley. Everyone got replaced eventually – it was the nature of things. Read more…

 

R J Dent says: ‘Prior to writing JMLtGD, I’d been looking for a metaphor that was not an object, a person, a concept, an emotion, or an event – in short, a metaphor that was nothing at all, or rather a metaphor made of nothing actual. Finally I came up with the idea of using the empty space between two buildings. Then I wrote Jordy Michaels Leaps the Great Divide.

‘For a while, the story had no title. Then I opened a copy of The Penguin Book of Sports Writing at the contents page and there was Michael Jordan Leaps the Great Divide, an essay by John Edgar Wideman.

‘I changed the name Michael Jordan to Jordy Michaels and that was it – one fully-formed, ready-to-read story, complete with a huge (but non-existent) central metaphor, a solid theme, an underpinning philosophy, a meaning, and even a message.’

 

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Jordy Michaels Leaps the Great Divide

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