|My new year's resolution is to create books and make
Picture of the Day my avocation. You, yes you,
can make this dream a reality and help stave off the Reaper, for a day or
two, by heeding my advice and buy-buy-buying these books (also available
free at your
library) from the trusted and cherished amazon.com website (by clicking
through the numerous links on this page). I tell you this because I love
you. If I don't, who will? The world is a cold and lonely place and it's
only getting scarier, but books such as these can help you through a troubled
night and make you wake up stronger.
Holy Cow!: The Selected Verse of Phil Rizzuto
Phil "The Scooter" Rizzuto was shortstop during 1950's Yankees dynasty, later
became "Voice of Yankees" on WPIX local NYC radio and TV stations. His was
the fatherliness I never had in the home. This book is broadcast transcripts
broken into linebreaks making true American poetry. Example:
...You know, it might,
It might sound corny.
But we have the most beautiful full moon tonight.
And the crowd,
Enjoying whatever is going on right now.
They say it might sound corny,
But to me it's some kind of a,
Like an omen.
Both the moon and Thurman Munson,
Both ascending up into heaven.
I just can't get it out of my mind.
I just saw that full moon,
And it just reminded me of Thurman.
And that's it.
||August 6, 1979
Baltimore at New York
Ron Guidry pitching to Lee May
Fifth inning, bases empty, no outs
Orioles lead 1-0
William Burroughs: A Report from the Bunker
"The Bunker" was the converted windowless YMCA shower room that was Burroughs's
home when he lived in NYC from 1974 - 1980. This book collects conversations
with his visitors during that time. I'm not the biggest fan of his fiction,
but these interviews contain gobs of illuminating and spooky plainspeaking
wisdom from the grand-daddy of the Beats.
Hello, this is Johnny Cash. I was most intrigued by his mystical experiences:
the escape from suicide in a Tennessee cave, benign ghosts in Jamaica, and
a startling encounter with a retarded Jewish boy in a NYC church. Less apologetic
and born-again than his previous memoir, you're still not supposed to think
he's a bad-ass after reading of his wild drinking, driving, and drugging
exploits--but how could you not?
by Mr. Charles Bukowski
An autobiographical novel by America's best writer detailing the 15 years
or so he spent working for the US Postal Service. Drinking, screwing, and
mail-sorting abound, described in an off-hand yet precise and hilarious style
that makes most other writers read like puke. The description of the
hospital birth of his illegitimate child is tragic in its simple adherence
to the facts of bureaucratized miracles. Goes down quicker than a chiliburger
and stays with you a lot longer. Also contains one of the best last lines
of any novel ever. I also read:
on the Muse
Last Night of the Earth Poems
Matters Most is How Well You Walk Through the Fire
is a Dog from Hell
the Piano Drunk like a Percussion Instrument until...
of No North
All of these are available as gorgeous Black Sparrow paperbacks.
Patagonian Express by Train through the Americas
by Mr. Paul Theroux
Theroux boards a commuter train in Boston, then transfers and switches his
way all the way by passenger rail to southernmost Argentina. An enviable
ride wittily and vividly described. Do you love the train?
The Power Broker
by Mr. Robert Caro
When I was a child at Christmas riding in the back seat across one of New
York's cheerily illuminated bridges I asked my parents why we had to pay
tolls when it seemed likely that the bridge had already been paid for. Why
I remember asking that I don't know, but I'm glad I do because here I am
now 25 years later with the answer: Robert Moses, who for 40+ years almost
singlehandedly shaped the face of New York City for better (nice beaches
and parks) and worse (the LIE). Brilliant and ambitious, Moses's acquisition
of power and the bad things he did with it is unlike anything I've read--except
and Fall of the Third Reich, which details Hitler's backroom powergrabs
and eventual undoing due to hubris, in much the same thoughtful and thorough
A People's History of the United States: 1492 -
Wanna get depressed, indignant, and possibly radicalized? This well-documented
and meticulously researched book replaces with plain facts the lies,
myths, and propaganda that has for hundreds of years constituted "American
history" as it has been recorded and taught in schools. They say history
is written by the winners, and the winners since the time of Columbus's
"discovery" of America have been members of a ruling elite (Columbus's patrons,
British colonial governors, the founding fathers, robber barons, corporation
boards, bootleggers and Bushes) who stole the land, plundered its resources,
committed genocide, enslaved Africans, exploited workers, waged wars for
profit, and kept the majority of the population off-balance, cowed, and
disorganized through unjust laws, political deceit, and deadly force.
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