Doubleheader: Two books at once
A favorite vacation pastime is book reading. Go the mountains, lounge in the cool Colorado air and read some stuff I don’t have time for while wearing a sportcoat.
A funny thing happened this week. I ended up reading two books at the same time. Which is not really the recommended method. It’s sort of like dating two girls at the same time; it can jumble your thoughts and lead to confusion.
But that’s what I had this week. I brought John Grisham’s An Innocent Man and I had Bill Simmons’ The Book of Basketball on my Kindle, which is that electronic reading device that stores books and newspapers.
I started in on The Book of Basketball, which basically is an irrevent account of NBA history. Simmons ranks players and stages debates and tries to put different eras into historical context. All the kind of stuff I love.
This is exactly what Bill James did with his baseball books, only better, because no one ever wrote about anything better than James wrote about baseball.
Anyway, I was zipping through the basketball book when my Kindle had some kind of malfunction, and the book was gone. I wanted to cuss technology, except I figure I hit a wrong button and either hid the book somewhere deep in the catacombs of the Kindle or sent it soaring back to the satellite/cell tower from whence it came.
Total bummer. Here I am in Colorado, with my feet up, and nothing to read. Except the other book I brought. So I started in on An Innocent Man. This is a Grisham non-fiction; the true story of Ron Williamson, a former Byng/Asher baseball star who was wrongfully convicted of murder in 1988 and spent almost a decade on death row, coming within five days of execution.
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