Joel Drucker

Location Oakland, CA
Occupation Writer
Website http://

About Me

I write about sports, popular culture and business. But my biggest subject and passion is tennis, where my work appears in tons of print and broadcast media, ranging from Tennis Week to Cigar Aficionado, Tennis Channel and many others. I'll wager that no North American has written about this sport for more media outlets than me.

Why do you write?

Wow, that's quite a question to answer while merely registering. I write because I think I have a lot to say. On the good days, I think what I say is pretty distinctive.

Any favorite authors? Books?

Another great question. I read a range of contemporary fiction, less classically fiction than I probably think I ought to (read a lot in college), history, belles-lettres, essays, etc. At heart I'm probably more drawn to essay-like, chance-taking writing. Joan Didion, Norman Mailer and George Orwell are totems -- that is, their non-fiction. Mailer's Armies of the Night is fantastic, in many ways an inspiration for my first book, Jimmy Connors Saved My Life (published in 2004). More recently I just read a great book called The Death of Freud.

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