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The books we’ll embed in our skulls

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This blog got me thinking (which I guess is exactly what it’s supposed to do) about what books from our time will be considered classics generations from now — providing, of course, that people still read and don’t just have info shoved into their brain through a computer chip embedded in their skull. For me, […] [Read More]

Checking In

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Hi guys….Yes I did get a note from Monica freeing me from A-Rod. I’m happy to say the book has been passed on to a Yankees fan recovering from knee surgery. Not sure I did him a favor. On a much happier note, I started Michael Connelly’s new book, The Scarecrow. One of my favorite […] [Read More]
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‘Achingly trite’ meta

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Elizabeth, it looks like Dave has left us. He is on vacation this week, but didn’t leave before asking me if I expected him to read and blog about A-Rod while he was gone. I told him I did not. I don’t want to read this on vacation either. In the meantime, I’ve gotten through […] [Read More]
Categories: General, Sports

‘Netherland’ and my view of the cricket pitch

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ABOVE: Ernest Murrell, right, of the Stamford CC, and Rahul Francois, of St. John’s CC during a friendly last year. 6/27/2009 STAMFORD – Sitting at a picnic table in Lione Park, brown bagging a tall-boy as the cricketers in their starched whites ran about the pitch, I couldn’t help but think of Joseph O’Neill’s “Netherland.” […] [Read More]
Categories: General, Sports

Before A-Rod, RM

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In order to get started on our book club choice, Roberts’s A-Rod biography, I had to finish the mammoth 1,160-page book that I had started in April, “The Power Broker” by Robert Moses. The book had been sitting in an accusatory spot on my bookshelf since I bought in 2004. I was supposed to read […] [Read More]

Ohhhh, what happened, Selena?

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That’s the question that I keep asking myself as I read through some of the truly wince-worthy passages that Monica has already quoted in her earlier post. The prose is laughably cliche in some places–”He loved the game, and it loved him right back”–and the psychological profile doesn’t have the strong reporting to back it […] [Read More]
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You can’t spell bored without (A)R-o-d

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Well I have spent a good part of the evening putting on my rally cap to try and catch up with Monica in reading “A-Rod: The Many Lives of Alex Rodriguez. I have to admit, it hasn’t been easy. Let me say that so far I have no problem with Selena Roberts’ reportorial skills; I think […] [Read More]
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A sleepy start

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I had hoped to get deeper into the book last night than I did, but I got caught up doing other work, didn’t start reading until 1 a.m. and only made it through the prologue before falling alseep. Thus, I don’t have a lot to add to the conversation just yet other than to agree […] [Read More]
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When writers digress

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Liz and Dave, I’ve read through the prologue and first three chapters of “A-Rod: The Many Lives of Alex Rodriguez,” and so far my initial response is the most important: I’m done reading prologues. I always find them frustrating. In this one, I feel as though Selena Roberts is trying too hard to place herself […] [Read More]
Categories: General, Journalism

Bloomsday in Stamford

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Chris Preovolos/Staff photo Our colleague Jeff Morganteen wrote an article about Sunday’s celebration of perhaps the biggest novel of all, Ulysses, by James Joyce.  Read the article from Monday’s paper here. [Read More]
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