I play volleyball with a group of guys (some girls sometimes) on the weekends when the weather is nice. I’m generally the only gay guy in the group, but I represent our side well. This is not a league- it more resembles a pickup game. But it isn’t random pickup since the same guys show up all the time.
Anyway, I play with a guy named James Boyle. He just happens to be a Law professor at Duke university. In addition to doing his law thingy, he plays volleyball quite well.
Several weeks back I hear him talking about a book that he’s just finished. I was getting ready to play, so I only listened in a cursory sort of fashion. I figured it was like a book of law papers or proceedings or statutes or something law-ish.
Not so as it turns out.
Imagine my surprise when I’m out for lunch yesterday and I click on the radio (NPR of course) and I start listening to an interview with a guy that sounds remarkably similar to Dr. Boyle.
How did I know it was him? Timbre of the voice, for one. But also because of his turns of phrase and his humor. He’s quite British, so everything sounds fancy when he speaks. Hell, in my opinion you can slap a cockney accent on someone reading a toilet manual and it sounds fancy. But his really IS a fancy accent. And then you add the quick-witted humor. It was definitely him.
He’s actually written a NOVEL- not a book– called “The Shakespeare Chronicles“. And the premise concerns a man who is out to prove who REALLY wrote Shakespear’s plays. You know that there is a conspiracy theory out there that Shakespeare was a myth… or that he didn’t actually write the works attributed to him.
Dr. Boyle (Jimmy B to me) read a passage from the book on NPR, and I found it quite engaging. I can’t wait to read it!
How cool that I randomly play volleyball with a published author? Oh, and he’s working on a graphic novel too.
Suddenly I feel much less “D-list”.