Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: Name Your Poison

From: Allan Guthrie (
Date: 31 Aug 2006

Actually, I was wrong. It does appear that there's some baseball played in Scotland. I've never seen any media coverage, but a team from Edinburgh has been in existence since 1986 and competes in a league (the BBF League North) where they are currently lying fourth. The other three teams in the league are English.

You can buy baseball bats from TA-Sports. The 'hooligans' don't use baseball bats, though. They're more into blades. And Samurai swords.

Yes, naturally I've received impressions of American culture from reading American fiction. I'm not suggesting that that doesn't happen. Readers interpret, like I said. Reality is subjective. Surely fiction must be too.



  ----- Original Message -----
  Sent: Thursday, August 31, 2006 2:29 AM
  Subject: Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: Name Your Poison

  Al wrote:

  "Incidentally, the examples of the use of the baseball bat you refer to
  are not atypical. No baseball is played in Scotland and we have
  virtually no exposure to the sport on television. Baseball bats
  typically serve only one purpose in this dark corner of the planet.
  They're also the weapon of choice among enforcers."

  Where do they buy them? Is there that much of a hooligan market that
  regular stores stock baseball bats?

  But this kind of makes my point about fiction carrying culture. Rightly
  or wrongly, I've learned things about Scottish culture from you, Rankin,
  Irvine Welsh, Gordon Legge, James Kelman, etc. You're clearly well read
  in American noir. Haven't you learned things about, or at least gotten
  impressions of, the USA from your fiction reading?



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