The Less We Touch


Steve Duin


The Less We Touch

A print edition of this book is now available, here.

Steve Duin has written a column for The Oregonian in Portland since 1984.  He has authored six other books, including “Comics: Between the Panels,” a history of the medium, and “Oil and Water,” a graphic novel about the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.  He has two English degrees from Wake Forest University and lives with his wife, Nancy, in the real Lake Oswego. 


Based on a true story, this is a work of fiction.  While the novel is inspired by real events, the names, characters, places, incidents and institutions either are the product of the author's imagination or are used fictitiously.


...In this back-alley light, the mirror did him no favors.  He was staring at the laps he’d run, the sacrifices he’d made, the sweet Js that rimmed out at the buzzer.  A coach had to rise above the bitter memories in the scoreboard lights.  You couldn’t sweat the miles you drove, the hours of sleep you gave up, the slights you ignored for the sake of the girls.  For the sake of the team.  Most of your best work never registered.  You couldn’t let that bother you.  You couldn’t expect parents, much less the pampered prima donnas they’d entrusted to your care, to realize you were irreplaceable....


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