books 17-19

Book #17
Dream Season by E. Dee Merriken

This is a book I picked up at the book fair and I happened to meet the Author E.Dee Merriken, who as I remember is a very tall very plain Gates McFadden . But I digress. The book is the story of Walter Settle a pitching phenomenon of the turn of the century, as told by his grand daughter.

Settle became a great pitcher in his hometown of Norwalk California, despite the best efforts of his mother and minister grandfather. Through a turn of events he pitched in an exhibition game for the California Angels. And he impressed a National league manager who was in attendance. But Settle’s loyalty to his family and town, he turned down pitching in Brooklyn or Baltimore and became a feared mercenary pitcher in southern California. Barnstorming for whom ever needed a pitcher.

The book climaxed with a classic battle between Settle and Walter Johnson. The book is mostly true, with some elements added for clarity and to make the story move. It was an ok book.

Book #18
Imperial Ambitions-Conversations on the Post 9/11 World by Noam Chomsky

I’ve known the name Noam Chomsky for many years but never though about picking up one of his books. But I was in the Strand and was listening to Franco Un-American by NOFX, and Fat Mike was singing about him and saw one of his books in paperback. How could I not pick it up?

Chomsky who is interviewed by David Barsamian in the book give historical context to how the game is played and how it has always been played this way.

All the way back in US history US presidents have over extended their power and authority, which is wrong no matter which party they represent. But presidents today and in the future have to deal with a 24-hour media news cycle that points out that they are doing it. What makes Bay of Pigs any different than Iraq 2003, there was no CNN, MSNBC, FOX NEWS, or internet, you only got your news from the government and what they told you- you believed.

It was a really quick read and very enjoyable.

Book #19
The Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons

A few weeks ago I was reading Entertainment weekly while on the toilet. I feel it helps digestion. And I read this really great story about the comic The Watchmen. I had seen this book in the comic stores I have been to over the years, but I had no idea. When I went to the library I picked it up and wow was I blown away.

The Watchmen is what The Tick was a parody of. The superheroes were flawed and tried to live regular lives. And some who believed they were only the hero, and their indentity was the fake them.

Similarly it is like The Incredibles, superheroness has been outlawed, but the superheroes show why they are heroes as they come out to get to the bottom of a mystery. Unlike most comics there were some really dense portions of this book. Which is why it is considered on of the great pieces of comic book literature along with The Dark Knight returns.

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