Dave Tompkins is the author of How to Wreck a Nice Beach a book that details the popular history of the vocoder. He writes about hip-hop and pop music for outlets like The Village Voice, The Believer, and Wax Poetics.
Borg is deep in the baseline, listening to his demise, the thud of ball to tarp. John McEnroe has just smoked a forehand past the Swede's left Fila sock. A wisp, but a hush, rules over the crowd. A fresh cylinder of balls is decompressed, hissing secrets unvoiced.