Tuesday, July 31, 2012

My Summer of Springsteen


This photo accompanied both Springsteen-related articles from The New Yorker.  The first, a long feature, is discussed below.  The other is a shorter recap of Springsteen's career.  Both were written by David Remnick.

With one week of summer vacation left, I've been looking back at what I did with my time off.  I spent a large portion of it at my dining room table, listening to Bruce Springsteen records on my turntable. 

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Raise the Jolly Roger!



It's time for me to talk about the 2012 Pittsburgh Pirates.

Monday, July 23, 2012

A Response to "We Real Cool"


Alas.  Sixty-six years after "We Real Cool," white America gets the chance to respond.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Saying Goodbye to Lee Patterson


Today is the memorial for Lee Patterson, who taught me for six weeks during my seminar at Yale University.  He passed away in June at the age of 72.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

My Son's First Big-League Game: A Photo Essay




Ever since I learned I was going to be the father to a son, I've been looking forward to the day that I got to take him to his first major league baseball game.  That day turned out to be Thursday, July 5th, when the Marlins visited the Brewers at Miller Park in Milwaukee.  

Thursday, July 5, 2012

True Confessions from a Guy Who Has Never Read "Pride and Prejudice"


After reading Crime and Punishment, I have this nagging sense that I need to make a confession.  So here's a confession: I've never read Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.  I'm baring my soul over here.