London | Fever Pitch author Nick Hornby (see 23 Apr 05) seems less exercised these days over the erratic form of Arsenal Football Club. Although the team still occupies a portion of his waking thoughts, “a bad game never ruins an evening,” and he is unsympathetic to criticism of top players, such as Thierry Henry. “I can’t see how any Arsenal fan can have cause for complaint…. He has been the greatest player we’ve ever had.” On literary matters, Hornby sees little separation between interest in football and other “highbrow” pursuits.
I have always believed in a unified culture—books, sport, music. In that way, I am probably quite American. To me, there is no contradiction in loving all those things. In England, we still have this strange debate about whether it is odd to be immersed in football as well as literature.