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‘Jeremy Lin’ author: more than a sports potboiler scribe

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

imageThe author who just signed with Hachette Book Group to write a Jeremy Lin bio due in stores by May is one of Lin’s fellow Harvard alums from the Bay Area whose background isn’t what you’d expect from someone attached to a sports potboiler. Timothy Dalrymple is a philosopher and scholar of western religious thought, a self-described Kierkegaard enthusiast, and, in his words, “a thoroughgoing sinner who seeks to live in the shadow of the cross and in the light of the empty tomb.” The book’s working title: “Jeremy Lin: The Reason for the Linsanity.”

Add: Born in Walnut Creek, Dalrymple is the son and grandson of ministers and was a gymnast sensation as a child, landing on the junior national team when he was 12. He has degrees from Stanford and Princeton Theological Seminary. He met Lin at Harvard in 2010 while completing doctoral work there, interviewing the then-Harvard star in his dorm room for Patheos, an evangelical website of which he’s managing editor. As Dalrymple explains on his personal website:
I presented the interview in text form . . . because Jeremy spoke in an immobile monotone.  Even so, Question 1 of my homemade interview has gotten over 36,000 views.
The guess here is that it’ll soon get a lot more. The question, and Lin’s illuminative answer, is below:

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