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Now I feel bad

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Well, I finished “A-Rod: The Many Lives of Alex Rodriguez.” It didn’t end as badly, with all the heavy psychoanalysis, as it began. But it didn’t end well. The book didn’t really tell us anything about Rodriguez, it didn’t make a hard and fast case that he is a cheater, and it didn’t tell us […] [Read More]

‘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

Sports for a non-sports person

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Elizabeth and Dave, thanks for reading the book with me! I’ll think we’re in for a really interesting discussion. To answer your question, Elizabeth, I’m going to ‘fess up and admit that I actually am not a big sports fan. And by that I mean, I usually hate sports. I haven’t played any team sports […] [Read More]
Categories: Journalism, Sports

Oh, Selena!

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Thanks, Monica and Dave, for inviting me to join the fray and kick start the book blog. Since you took me up on my suggestion to start off with Selena Robert’s book on Alex Rodriguez, I’m preparing to shoulder the blame should it somehow fail to be blog-worthy material. My hope was that, at the […] [Read More]
Categories: Fame, Journalism, Sports

For our first book selection, a Yankee

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Starting June 22, we’ll be reading “A-Rod: The Many Lives of Alex Rodriguez” by Selena Roberts, a former New York Times sports columnist and writer for Sports Illustrated. Dave Ruden, Elizabeth Kim and I will be discussing the meat of the book, and what it means for sports and journalism. Feel free to jump in […] [Read More]

Notes about reading our first selection

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I have to admit, the overriding reason for my participation in discussing “A-Rod: The Many Lives of Alex Rodriguez,” is to help my colleague Monica get her blog off the ground. As a fellow blogger, I understand the importance of trying to get an audience right away and then grow it. Truth be told, I […] [Read More]
Categories: Journalism, Sports