As fast as you can say “national media outlet’s racial controversy,” someone has written a book about Jeremy Lin. If “Linsanity” represents anything beyond underdog success and marvelous spinning layups it is our Internet (Linternet?) society’s rapid digestion and analysis of phenomena. So, it should come as no surprise that an entire compendium of Lin’s exploits will be available in May. In fact, we’re wondering why this isn’t already on store shelves, or, at the very least, being sold as an e-book. There are sure to be several, if not hundreds, supposedly definite accounts of the Taiwanese-American point guard’s sudden ascent to the center of the global sports spotlight, but this work should be especially enlightening. The writer, Timothy Dalrymple, has been following Lin’s career long before he brought all of New York to its feet and has conducted several interviews with the Harvard grad over the past two years. The book will also include comments from esteemed formal NFL coach Tony Dungy and former pro tennis player Michael Chang. By May the Knicks will likely be kicking it on a beach somewhere, far from ESPN news cycles and Madison Square Garden crowd, but we’re betting “Linsanity” will linger beyond the final buzzer of the season.
“Jeremy Lin: The Reason For Linsanity” will be published by Center Street and Hachette Book Group in May 2012