Fanning a Flame
The headline in The New York Times book review sec- tion hit the mark: "Tobacco Road Rage." One man's account of a love-hate relationship
founded on the UNC-Duke basketball rivalry also has hit the
mark with sports fans this spring, but To Hate Like This is to
Be Happy Forever by former Esquire literary editor Will
Blythe ' 79 is not exclusively a sports book. It includes interviews with players and coaches and provides the play-by-
plays of notable games, but it falls more easily into the mem-
oir spot on the bookshelf. As Sara Nelson, editor-in-chief of
Publishers Weekly, put it:" To Hate Like This is about family
and passion and people and parents and aging and, oh, yeah,
some sports, too."
Blythe is a lifelong Tar Heels fan, but to say he loves the
Heels is only the half of it. It's what he hates - Duke
basketball - that opens this narrative,
along with Blythe's recognition that
there are "counterparts who feel simi-
larly about North Carolina basketball.
Why should this be so?"
"The answers," he writes, "have a lot
to do with class and culture in the
South, particularly in my native state....
Issues of identiry - whether you see
yourself as a populist or an elitist, as a
local or an outsider, as public-minded
or individually striving - get played
out through allegiances to North
Carolina's and Duke's basketball teams."
He writes of "perhaps the most
hated player in college basketball,"
JJ Redick, and wonders what it must
feel like to be the object of such animosiry. It's all a part of
the competition, Redick says."People think we get all the
calls. And with the success we've had, it just breeds jealousy. I
think that's where the hatred comes from."
Blythe's earliest lessons in the special UNC-Duke compe-
tition, he says, came from his father, the late Dr. William
Blythe ' 48 and longtime UNC faculry member, who died in
2000."I came naturally by my prejudice," Blythe writes, as
the son of a man who loved UNC and the state of North
Carolina and "could not understand why you might want to
live in some other place." Among the other things that Blythe
says his father could not understand was the passion his fam-
ily members displayed on the occasion of a UNC-Duke
basketball game." 'Acting that way about a basketball game at
your age,' he used to routinely upbraid me as I screamed and
whined, 'I thought you'd gotten over that.' "
Regina Oliver ' 75
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times nontraditional jobs.
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literature at the Universiry
of South Carolina
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Owen returns to Scots
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his best-selling novel
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(Rutgers University Press, 2006)
edited by Alon Tal ' 80. A collec-
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from around the globe, featuring
authors from Rachel Carson to
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