"[T]his is the most singularly driven book I’ve ever read. . . . In the grand Southern tradition, Dinin has taken a postage stamp of land and created a world. . . . As a hard-core Blue Devils fan, I respect the obsession. . . ."
— Chad W. Post, The Believer
"Are they insane? No, just Crazies. And this book is worth reading because those tales help explain why anyone would do this. They're fans--with a tradition that puts them up there (or out there) with Crazy Ray."
— Bryan French, Fort Worth Star-Telegram
"Dinin channels Chaucer as Duke's tent-dwellers rewrite The Canterbury Tales." — Carol Herwig, USA Today
"Dinin probes the history and cachet of the little village . . . with a sense of basketball history and a respect for good storytelling."
— John Levesque, Seattle Post-Intelligencer,
"Duke University Press has scored with this basketball book built around a Chaucerian conceit. . . . Dinin's book can be treasured for its wit and charm. . . . [I]t would be enjoyed by anyone wanting to read about college basketball, college life, digs at sociology majors or the anthropology of demented, blue and white-painted fans." — Marilyn Dahl, Shelf Awareness
Best local Sports book of 2005 "Aaron Dinin filled up a dreary football fall with heartfelt, historical basketball journalism. Inspired by The Canterbury Tales and written with the enthusiasm of a Cameron Crazy, Dinin takes the reader through the winter pregame tenting rituals of Duke undergrads. This is a beautiful little book, complete with a glossary, some sweet photographs, and filled with the boundless joy of being a Dukie during the wonder years." — John Valentine, Independent Weekly
“The following tales were inspired by Geoffrey Chaucer’s verse poem The Canterbury Tales, and, of course, the students of Duke University and their adventures in Krzyzewskiville. . . . Any reader who has experienced a night of personal checks at Krzyzewskiville might ask himself, Would a group of students actually sit down and tell stories about K-ville while 1,200 screaming, laughing college kids run around nearby? That, of course, doesn't really happen . . . or at least it hasn’t in my experience. Granted, a few such stories have been passed along over the years, but never in such detail and never in such a setting. However, I’ll ask my readers to suspend disbelief for a few pages in the interest of a good story—or twelve.” — Aaron Dinin, from the preface
“This inventive and enlightening romp through the wintertime tent city on the Duke campus is like a trip back in time. You’ll find yourself in college again, taking Anthro 101 and Chaucer and letting ACC basketball run your life.” — Alexander Wolff, senior writer, Sports Illustrated