A Proficiency in Billiards was on a pile on my table with Khaled Hosseini, Elie Wiesel and Salman Rushdie. Mason held his own. The racial tension was an evocative theme for me, a Chicano from a multi-ethnic neighborhood coming out of WWII.”
“Welcome to the world of Lance Mason, a writer with an intense, beautiful awareness of the danger and possibility in every moment of our flash-in-the-pan lives. “
-James O’Reilly, co-editor, The Best Travel Writing Volume 11
-Larry Habegger, Executive Editor, Travelers’ Tales
What drives A Proficiency in Billiards—an engaging, wide-ranging mix of travel writing, sports writing, investigative journalism, personal essay, and memoir—is Mason's deep curiosity and spirit of adventure. The author’s ability to be both curious observer and enthusiastic participant also makes him a most companionable, informed, guide.
-Michael Steinberg. Author: Greatest Hits and Some That Weren’t: Essays and Memoirs 1990-2015, and Still Pitching, ForeWord Magazine/Independent Press 2003 Memoir of the Year
“‘The Get-Away Man,’ has been selected [for] upstreet No. 3. CNF Editor Harrison Fletcher and I both think it will make a wonderful addition to the journal.”
-Vivian Dorsel, Editor, upstreet Magazine