Throwing a Game to a Kid is the first episode of The Tangled Bank. In this episode, the narrator is Christopher, an athletic 30-year-old man, and his antagonist (briefly, and offstage) is Samantha, the daughter of a neighbor and a friend of his son.
In the monologue, Christopher talks about his attitudes toward competition and playing with kids, and manages to avoid the central topic: a chess game between himself and Samantha that turned ugly.
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The Tangled Bank comprises the 18 scenes (actually, 17 monologues and 1 third-person narration) that survive of a semi-aleatory fiction writing project I undertook between June 2007 and February 2008. All the pieces take place in a Midwestern city, and each involves at least 2 of 10 different people, all of whom have some sort of connection to a riparian nature center in a decaying public park.
Very much enjoyed this BBC Radio feature, recommended to me by Dan Hanrahan.
Marcel Duchamp: We should put these people to the test. See if they will really accept any work submitted.Female Friend: [suggests something boring]MD: No, no....FF: I've got it! A urinal!MD: That's perfect.FF: I'll send it from Philadelphia. But I don't have any money.MD: I'll pay for it. And the postage.