Tony Hawk and the Poetry of Failure

Tony Hawk (HBO)

The new HBO documentary Tony Hawk: Until the Wheels Come Off is, in most respects, a straightforward and entertaining sports doc. Hawk is, of course, a winning and appealing hero (who’s interestingly honest, if in a reserved way, about his emotional and psychological problems). The skating clips are great to see. And the interviews with the members of the Bones Brigade — the legendary skateboarding crew that Hawk became a part…

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James Surowiecki

James Surowiecki

I’m the author of The Wisdom of Crowds. I’ve been a business columnist for Slate and The New Yorker and written for a wide range of other publications.