All We Need

by Jake Jacobs
10 May 2009

Jake Jacobs

"I need a backgammon article," I warned Sam Pottle. We were on our way to Kenji's Neverland Bar in Shimokitazawa, to play in a round-robin doubles tournament. "Backgammon articles need one of three things: a brilliant play, a really stupid play, or some incredible luck. Of those, brilliant play is the least entertaining, so try to provide one of the others."

Of course a good story needs more than that. Take Bollywood. They throw in everything but the kitchen sink. Then again, Bollywood movies are four hours long. Our backgammon story can't be that. "You have things to do tomorrow," I reminded Sam, as though it would be all his fault if our story ran long.

"We need a hero."

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