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Life Stories by David Remnick
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May 11, 2011

really liked it
Read in April, 2011

I did not read this whole book BUT: there are two profiles in it that are utterly brilliant and
unforgettable.
The most amazing one is on Ricky Jay, the magician, scholar, and unclassifiable entertainer.
I recall reading it in the New Yorker years ago and being blown away by it. Jay is probably
a true genius and might possibly be able to do real magic, if the stories told here about him
are true. You have to read it to believe it. Plus, the article serves as a sort of introduction into
the world of serious adult magic...yes, I just wrote that. The schools of thought, rivalries, egos,
attempts to keep and/or trade secrets...it boggles the mind.
Finally, worth the price of the book is the description of Jay's forced interaction with his magician
doggleganger.

The other wonderful profile is on Hemingway and it's a chilling portrait of Papa near the end

(My wife read the one on two mathematicians who work with 'pi' and she loved it, even
copied it for her high school Calculus class).
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message 1: by David (new)

David I'm still laughing at this sentence:
"...the article serves as a sort of introduction into the world of SERIOUS ADULT MAGIC...yes, I just wrote that."

That was fantastic!


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