“I Don’t Have A Hole In My Head To Alleviate The Pressure:” A TDQ Q&A With Table Tennis Coach And Writer Larry Hodges, Part 2

Hodges-Centric Universe Model

The Hodges-Centric universe model is gaining support.

TDQ: Besides writing about table tennis, you also write science fiction. Who was your favorite writer growing up?

Hodges: Either table tennis historian Tim Boggan, science fiction writer Isaac Asimov, or the guy who first wrote the four greatest words in the English language, “Rocky Road Ice Cream.” By the time I was in high school I had read the complete science fiction works of Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke, Robert Heinlein, Frederik Pohl, and most of the other classic SF writers.
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“I Don’t Have A Hole In My Head To Alleviate The Pressure:” A TDQ Q&A With Table Tennis Coach And Writer Larry Hodges

Pro-tip: Table tennis really works the abs, as evidenced by USA Table Tennis Hall of Famer, coach, and author Larry Hodges.

This week we spoke to USA Table Tennis Hall of Fame Coach and writer Larry Hodges. Larry schooled us on where to put the hyphen when we mistakenly refer to table tennis as “ping pong,” shares the hate mail he and everybody else in the table tennis world got because of our recent article about him and Brad Pitt and reveals what keeps him awake at night. Here is this week’s TDQ Q&A with Larry Hodges: 

The Daily Quarterly: How did you hear about thedailyquarterly.com?

Larry Hodges: The chairman of the USA Table Tennis Coaching Committee did some sort of table tennis search, and found the hilarious spoof of Brad Pitt doing a movie based on my book, “Table Tennis Tales & Techniques.” He emailed me, and that’s how I found out both about the spoof and The Daily Quarterly. When I saw it, I felt like someone had yanked the rug out from under me – understandable, since The Daily Quarterly is just an anagram for “yearly quilt hatred.”
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Brad Pitt To Star In Film Adaptation Of “Table Tennis Tales And Techniques”

Table Tennis Tales and Techniques

Table Tennis Tales and Techniques

Los Angeles—In a casting coup, Paramount confirmed that Brad Pitt, star of “Thelma and Louise” and “True Romance,” will star in next year’s film adaptation of “Table Tennis Tales and Techniques.”

The book, published in 2009, is described on Barry Haywards’ Table Tennis Bibliography as “a compilation of various yarns, stories, tips and quotes from the pen of one of the top US coaches. An interesting read and some sound advice.”

Pitt will play the book’s author, top US table tennis coach Larry Hodges, and show the story of Hodges teaching a headstrong new table tennis phenom, played by Michael Cera. He convinces Cera’s character that he can successfully put together a table tennis club on a budget by employing computer-generated analysis to draft his players.
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