My apologies...I will remedy that link as soon as I get home.
My sincere apologies for the mis-informed link to the book. I was pulling it off Pierce's blog.
Hey, what about Octavia Books? Maple St is not the only independent bookseller in town!
I've been reading Pierce for years. At one point he was a regular contributor to a blog re the media. He would write a letter every week and start it with a brief tribute to New Orleans. He loves the city and would constantly remind readers of its plight post-Katrina. Idiot America is great, but also read his collection of sports columns -- Sports Guy. His recent comments on the Catholic hierarchy are not to be missed.
I just bought the Eco book from Octavia.
I noticed a while back that many of my favorite political writers were also great sportswriters. I was dragged to some pretentious art thing a while back, and someone who considers himself an artiste was reading his work. I sat there surrounded by throngs of women with bad taste who were all but throwing their underpants at him. My mind wandered, and I was thinking about how the short essays on boxing, baseball, and horse racing by a certain down-to- earth writer I like were about a million times more artful and well constructed, as well as being lively, vital, and a pleasure to read. I fell in love all over again when the person sitting beside me leaned over and whispered: "This is bullshit. Do you want to go get a burger and a beer?"Yes. Yes I did.
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