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Thursday, January 13, 2005

Bookodds&ends


I finished Tom Wolfe's big shit novel Bonfire of the Vanities this afternoon. Believe the hype. It's a lot of fun.

I also finished a couple others recently that I've neglected to mention. There was an awesome collection of essays by Daniel Boorstin and Jane Leavy's Sandy Koufax biography.

They're both great. And if you're in Chicago you can pick up a copy of the Koufax book at the Powell's on Lincoln for five bucks. It's ace stuff. Much like Remnick's Ali book, it's about more than just athletic achievements. It's all in the context, kids.

One thing that's interesting to me about Koufax is that while he's been such a hugely resonant figure for millions of Jewish-Americans most kids in the Heartland today are probably clueless about the guy.

You couldn't say the same thing about Ali. Or could you?

What's the halflife on celebrity?

Charles Lindbergh was maybe the most famous person on Earth between the two world wars. Today, I doubt 1 out of a 100 school children could tell you the first thing about him.