Let me preface this review by stating that during my youth, I was obsessed with baseball cards. I understand. I am part of the fraternity.
Needless toLet me preface this review by stating that during my youth, I was obsessed with baseball cards. I understand. I am part of the fraternity.
Needless to say, when I stumbled upon this book (after reading a Ben Tanzer review on Goodreads) I was excited. The reviews were outstanding. And then I opened the book.
This book is little more than a gimmick, and like all gimmicks, it wore thin quickly. When the novelty has expired, there needs to be something more. While Josh's writing is peppered with angst and depression, it is lacking something substantial.
Unremarkable people have no business writing unremarkable memoirs about their unremarkable lives. I believe that one of the motivating forces preventing me from pitching this into the fire was the expectation that something was bound to happen. Surely, no one would have published the adolescent ramblings of a moderately well adjusted child from a typical American broken home. They did.
I gave this book two stars. Two or three of the ancedotes from Josh's later years were entertaining. I particularly enjoyed his musings on Doc Ellis' acid laced no hitter. When given something to write about, Josh executes. My belief is that he would probably be a gifted sports writer. Unfortunately, his life [thus far] is not worthy of 200+ pages.
This is a coffee table book. It is enjoyable to flip through. You can read most of the "chapters" in under 5 minutes. ...more
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sem·i·nal /ˈsɛmənl/ Show Spelled[sem-uh-nl] adjective 1. pertaining to, containing, or consisting of semen. 2. Botany . of or pertaining to seed. 3. having possibilities of future development. 4. highly original and influencing the development of future events: a seminal artist; seminal ideas.
My favorite book of short stories. A book that I find myself compelled to pick up repeatedly. The writing is brilliant. Two Men changed the way I read short fiction. ...more