First off, big congrats to Mike Alber, whose "Magic: The Essay" from Hobart #9 is credited as a Notable Essay of 2008 in the new BAE. So: congrats! Seriously, if you don't already have Ho9 you should get it right now and then read the essay as soon as you receive the issue. Obviously I'm not the most objective opinion maker here, but this is seriously one of the best essays I've read in recent memory, maybe ever. I mean, it's about Mike soothing his med school failings by getting pretty serious into Magic: The Gathering. Like, serious enough to at one point consider becoming a PROFESSIONAL Magic player. See? You want to read this essay right now, don't you?