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M.G. Piety has written an important social critique in the form of a series of vibrant essays about her chosen sport. Her main point is that figure
skating is naturally fun and that those who participate in it ought to be having fun while doing so. She decries the fact that so few people in the figure
skating world - skaters, coaches, judges, officials, and even fans - seem to be having any fun with it. She further laments that the International
Skating Union (ISU) and other governing bodies systematically undermine efforts to keep figure skating fun and that they contribute toward creating
a culture in which fun is nearly impossible.

But this lack of fun is not unique to figure skating among sports, games, and other structured recreational activities. For example, the National
Football League (NFL) under the administration of Roger Goodell has been bashed from many sides as the "No Fun League." Yet fun endures in
football despite Goodell. Its dominant culture is one of fun.
Joy extends from the field to the sidelines to the stands to locker rooms to living rooms,
ing players and fans alike with enthusiasm for the sport. Which is not to take anything away from the success of grumps like Bill Belichick.

Contract bridge expert Charles Goren famously said of his favorite game: "You should play bridge for fun. The instant you find yourself
playing the game for any other reason, you should pack it up and go on to something else." Piety claims that too many people associated
with figure skating have become disgusted with its prevailing culture of joylessness and have indeed gone on to something else.

- Eric v.d. Luft, author of How I Became a Life Master Playing the Weak No Trump
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Sequins and Scandals, by M.G. Piety
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Is figure skating sport or art?
Is the judging corrupt?
Why has figure skating's popularity gone into a death spiral?
The beautifully crafted essays collected in
Sequins and Scandals
address these questions and more.
Informed by the author's training in philosophy and her familiarity with
the work of noted dance critics such as Edwin Denby and Arlene
Sequins and Scandals will help you glide effortlessly to a
deeper understanding of the mysterious world of figure skating.
Foreword by Mary Louise Adams,
author of
Artistic Impressions:
Figure Skating, Masculinity, and
the Limits of Sport
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Sequins and Scandals, by M.G. Piety
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Sequins and Scandals, by M.G. Piety