Because the plain people are able to speak and understand, and even, in many cases, to read and write, it is assumed that they have ideas in their heads, and an appetite for more. This assumption is a folly.
Grape works as a soda. Sort of as a gum. I wonder why it doesn't work as a pie. Grape pie? There's no grape pie. - Larry David
I've been re-reading some old standbys lately: Charles Kuralt's America, S.L.A. Marshall's World War I and Lewis Grizzard's If I Ever Get Back to Georgia I'm Gonna Nail My Feet to the Ground.
Reading comprehension is not just an ability, it's a choice
I finished the Tom Browning book and was a good read.
I am reading this next. I want to read about his days in the Monday Night Football booth.
Publication Date: November 19, 1995
"Eloquent testimony not only to the fragility of the human body but to its durability as well." The Washington Post Book World.
He was the handsome golden boy out of USC, the star running back for the New York Giants, and -- for the last twenty-two years -- the stalwart voice of ABC's "Monday Night Football." But for Frank Gifford, the road to success did not come easy -- whether on or off the field.
Now, for the first time, this intensely private man tells his inspirational story, providing an insider's look at the NFL replete with shocking and humorous anecdotes. A classic memoir of a true American gridiron hero.
* Attended the 1990 and 2010 Reds Division clinchers *
Watched the 2012 Clincher on FOX.
*Bat Votto SECOND, please?*
GO STEELERS - Go Buckeyes
I'm nearly done with 56 by Koysta Kennedy. Great book about Joe D's hitting streak. Goes into detail about the nuances of the streak and also about the times of 1941. I finished the sub-chapter about Rose's 44 game streak yesterday. If anyone was ever going to break Joe D's record it would have been him. He had the personality wo withstand the pressures that go with it. But just didn't quite have the luck needed to break it.
Reds Fan Since 1971
Not surprisingly, a movie adaptation is in the works.
"I can make all the stadiums rock."
Since over half of the kids I teach seem to be reading it or one of its sequels, I just started The Hunger Games. About what I expected so far. A little bleak for my tastes.
I'm reading "The Hunger Games" now. Seems to be a young adults dystopian vision of the future and a cross between Cormac McCarthy and Stephen King. Seeing there are 2 sequels, I kinda have an idea where the book goes. Reads fast. We have the second book and my wife just got the 3rd out of the library on a 14 day loan so I need to plow through this quickly.
And "Unbroken" is next on my stack. My wife's book club read it and she liked it which is quite unusual. She usually likes fuzzy puppy, unicorns, and rainbows stories or bodice rippers.
The motel of lost companions,
Waits with heated pool and bar
Starting The Litigators Grisham's latest. So far I don't know where it is going.
Glad to hear good things about Unbroken. The book looked like a good read but I was curious as to how good it actually was.
last summer i gave a copy of hillenbrand's "unbroken" to my brother-in-law when he was in the hospital for a heart valve replacement....when we went into his ccu room several hours after the surgery, he was reading away and already deep into it.
Scorecasting: The Hidden Influences Behind How Sports Are Played and Games Are Won
It's written by an economist with help from an SI reporter. Just started it, but it's an interesting read so far. I heard about it when they interviewed the author on HBO Real Sports during a story about a high school football coach who has won three state championships, and he never punts and always onside kicks his kickoffs.
"The players make the manager, it's never the other way." - Sparky Anderson
Finished The Hunger Games. Nice Theseus Myth influence. Ending could have packed a little more punch, but hey, it's the first in a series.
Instead of reading the second, I'm digging in to an author I used to read a lot, but haven't in more than a decade, Phil Rickman.
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