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Tosches, Strauss, and Vonnegut (not Amber Frey)

What I'm not reading: Amber Frey's (who ever she is) book Anything about Brad and Jen Curtis Sittenfield's Prep The Boston Globe Boston Magazine Boston Herald What I am reading: Nick Tosches in Bookforum on "blurbs" Steve Rodrick at Slate on Sportswriters A Reuters feature on Gore Vidal Valley of Bones by Michael Gruber The […]

The Divine Husband

I am reading the book "The Divine Husband" by Francisco Goldman. I love this book. During a search for "Francisco Goldman," I was led to "Identity Theory" and the wonderful interview with Robert Birnbaum. My mother is a Guatemalan and my dad found her when he ventured into Guatemala in the early 60's. The book

Mark Rothko and Willa Cather

This weekend I read Willa Cather's A Lost Lady, which someone I knew back in Nebraska used to say was as good as if not better than The Great Gatsby (the "Great American Novel" of the same time period). I wish I could remember who used to say that, because I would like to give

The Sportswriter

I'm in the middle of R. Ford's "The Sportswriter"; long overdue, but what can you do. Anyway, the back-cover copy says it's the story of a "goodhearted man" yada yada. Granted, I'm not at the end of the book yet, but "goodhearted" is not what I'd call Frank Bascombe. I'm not saying I don't like

August 26, 2004: Four More Years

Four years is the time we set aside for high school, undergraduate degrees and presidential terms. It happens also to be the length of time that Identitytheory dot com has been broadbanding across the Internet firmament. This anniversary probably requires some (few) words to mark it and its progress, if not for its readers, certainly

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