Archive for February, 2011

Review: Bad Day for the Home Team

Icon Written by Alex on February 21, 2011 – 8:12 pm

The first review for Bad Day for the Home Team is posted on The reviewer,, gave the book five out of five stars and I’m most thrilled that the reviewer said, “You could not help liking Sam.” For me that’s the ultimate compliment because Sam is a man who killed forty people. I’m hopeful this review will help boost readership for this challenging but rewarding novel about a man who shoots a bunch of people in Arizona (hmmmm) and how society tries to figure out why he did it. (Again, hmmmmm.).

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Dwight Garner on Bruce Chatwin’s Letters: Great Writing (meaning the review)

Icon Written by Alex on February 18, 2011 – 11:06 am

Review worth reading (as is nearly everything else written by) Dwight Garner: “…Now there, you think, in these two combined versions, is Bruce Chatwin: free spirit, sexy beast, possessor of a double life, serial prevaricator. Throughout his career he’d combat charges that he ginned things up, or shaded the truth, in his nonfiction — charges that his biographer Nicholas Shakespeare here dismisses by suavely declaring, “He tells not a half-truth but a truth and a half…”

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Samuel L. Jackson, Cormac McCarthy, and Tommy Lee Jones Hang Out and Talk. What?!!?

Icon Written by Alex on February 11, 2011 – 11:26 am

…Mr. Jones and Mr. Jackson, along with Mr. McCarthy, who rarely does interviews, agreed to meet at the offices of HBO in New York to talk about the film (which has its premiere on Saturday), the play and working with one another. The three collaborators had lunch and after the dishes were cleared away, David Carr hosted a chat that veered into philosophy and some very big themes but had laughs too, not unlike the movie itself. Excerpts of that conversation follow…

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J. Paul Getty III: Your Family Problems are Nothing

Icon Written by Alex on February 8, 2011 – 11:52 am

“…Three months after the abduction, the kidnappers, who turned out to be Calabrian bandits with a possible connection to organized crime, cut off Mr. Getty’s ear and mailed it, along with a lock of his hair, to a Roman newspaper … the eldest Mr. Getty paid $2.2 million, the maximum that his accountants said would be tax deductible. The boy’s father paid the rest, though he had borrow it from his father — at 4 percent interest…”

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