Reading List

Our bedside reading list, though populated with some of the expected sabermetric claptrap, also veers towards the avant-garde.  And since someone on the talented side of my family is "in the business", we occasionally get tipped off to the latest literary gem.  This time, we were pointed to a piece in ‘Esquire’ by Michael Martone, director of the Creative Writing Program at the University of Alabama, entitled "The Death of Derek Jeter".  Despite a title which will surely put the fear of God into our YF readership, we suggest you click through.  The writing is fluid, elegant, and richly comic.   It’s well worth the surf.

4 comments… add one

  • Menand gave the new Pynchon a bad review in The New Yorker. Any other opinions? Is it worth the 900 pages?

    Nick-YF November 29, 2006, 8:29 pm
  • Dunno. On my 125th month of trying to finish “Gravity’s Rainbow”.

    SF November 29, 2006, 8:31 pm
  • SF: There’s no way I read something with that title. But forget me. Gotta wonder if DJ reads Esquire. What do you think when you pick up a magazine and see that on the contents page. Nevermind the literary quality of the piece, it’s not hard to figure out why the guy keeps the press at arms length…
    Pynchon: too much.
    Looking forward to the new William Boyd though.

    YF November 30, 2006, 9:12 am
  • Michiko K. pretty much panned it in the Times as well, Nick. Saying that it was basically ‘stillborn.’ Ouch. She seems to have loved “Mason & Dixon,” though, so maybe it’s just that her personal expectations weren’t met. Who knows. Haven’t had a chance to peek at it myself.

    Spidey November 30, 2006, 3:06 pm

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