He returned to Amherst in the fall of 1983 and found that “college math evokes and catharts a Midwesterner’s sickness for home.”
Spiritually Midwestern
Josh Roiland

A tennis court is 78’ x 27’ for a total of 2,106 square feet. To give some sense of perspective, an acre of land is 43,560 square feet. A section of land — the one square mile patterns that form Wallace’s “flannel plains” — comprises 640 acres, or 27,878,400 square feet. And it takes 36 of these sections to make up “the boxed township of Illinois farmland” he discusses in “Derivative Sport” — or, the equivalent of 476,553 tennis courts.

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