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January 15, 2004

This and That 0

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Any John Keegan fans out there? Here’s a review of his latest book Intelligence in War: Knowledge of the Enemy from Napoleon to Al-Qaeda from the New Zealand Herald. I’m looking forward to reading this one. The Brits have something called the WHSmith Book Award, which is basically a “people’s choice” award for books. If […]

January 14, 2004

Ask a Book Question: The Twelfth in a Series (Book with Occasional Music) 0

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Jeff wrote in with this question about The Fortress of Solitude by Jonathan Lethem: I guess this is a book question. Certainly it’s a question related to a book. In this week’s Village Voice, there is an article about a promotional 2CD-set meant to be a companion to Jonathan Lethem’s “Fortress of Solitude.” It sounds […]

January 13, 2004

News Roundup 0

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Most folks have probably heard that Jack Kerouac wrote On the Road on a 120 foot long continuous roll of paper, but now you can seen it. “Beginning this week at the Orange County History Center in Orlando, Fla., and ending with a three-month stay at the New York Public Library in 2007, Kerouac’s “On […]

January 12, 2004

An Oral History of Baseball 0

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My soon-to-be-father-in-law has a huge collection of radio programs that he has taped and cataloged over the last two or three decades, and recently he gave me a couple of interesting tapes from the late 80’s. They contain a recorded performance of a baseball-themed show put on by the late baseball commissioner A. Bartlett Giamatti […]

January 9, 2004

News in the Books 0

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I recently noticed a couple of interesting books about the newspaper biz, and, more specifically, the New York Times. City Room is Arthur Gelb’s memoir of his career with the paper. He was there from 1944 to 1999, a career that saw him rise from night copyboy to managing editor. The book is an account […]

January 9, 2004

Updating the Queue 0

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I’ve returned from my trip home with lots of booty. Many of these books have been added to my reading queue, which has swelled to encompass the entire length of the shelf on which it sits. Time to get reading. For Christmas I received a couple of military histories by the venerable brit, John Keegan, […]

January 6, 2004

2003: My Year in Reading (Pt. 4) 0

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Back to finish things up: Bangkok 8 by John Burdett: As I was reading this murder mystery set in Thailand, I was also following the travels of my friend Cem, who happened to be in the same part of the world at the time. Cem’s back now and I keep meaning to ask him about […]

January 6, 2004

2003: My Year in Reading (Pt. 3) 0

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Whew… Ok, I feel much better now. Well rested and ready to continue: Feeding a Yen by Calvin Trillin: It’s not that I love all food writers or that I necessarily am enamored by all writing about food. I’ve just noticed these past few years that there are particular characteristics shared by a lot of […]

January 5, 2004

2003: My Year in Reading (Pt. 2) 0

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After two weeks of distractions, spotty internet service, and a massive dose of holiday merriment and madness, I am finally back in Los Angeles, which is why I can now move towards completing the year end list that you are all awaiting so patiently. Gulag: A History by Anne Applebaum: Earlier in the year, Ryszard […]

December 28, 2003

2003: My Year in Reading (Pt. 1) 1

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When I was a teenager and I slept in my teenager’s bedroom in the basement of my parents’ house, I used to keep my stereo on all the time. Every moment that I was in that bedroom there was music playing. I kept it on while read at night, and then I left it on […]