Joe Queenan's "Closing Time"

Writer Jaime O'Neill says Queenan's memoir is self-serving and overwritten.

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Posted Jun. 11, 2009 | Comments: 0

Roger Clemens' Downfall

On this, the eve of a fresh baseball season, fans of all 30 big-league franchises fill themselves to the brim with the hope that their squad will accomplish what the Phillies did in 2008. But fans of disgraced pitcher Roger Clemens find this to be anything but the season of their content. For the first time since the mid-1980s, Clemens is more likely to face federal perjury charges for allegedly deceiving Congress’ probe of steroids in America’s pastime than to come out of retirement and pitch a perfect game.

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Posted Apr. 1, 2009 | Comments: 1

Spring Books Roundup

This weekend Slate’s editor Jacob Weisberg wrote an ode to his new Kindle, saying its existence “marks a cultural revolution” and “tells us that printed books, the most important artifacts of human civilization, are going to join newspapers and magazines on the road to obsolescence.” Dude. Harsh.

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Posted Mar. 24, 2009 | Comments: 1

Lit Gloss

Are you an outlier? It'd be nice to think so if you understand the title of Malcolm Gladwell's latest book as a term for people who are successful beyond the norm--freaks of nature and economy like B...

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Posted Jan. 28, 2009 | Comments: 0

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Let’s talk about the throwbacks coming to town
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When I was a teenager, I absolutely LOVED “Possum Kingdom.” Does it not rule? It feels kind of like a golden age of rock ‘n roll in hindsight: I was really into Live and Weezer and Green Day, too. It’s on the album Rubberneck from 1994 – yup, 20 years ago. To celebrate and honor [...]

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A few Record Store Day highlights: A.K.A. Music, Creep Records, and Liquid Vinyl Underground
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As you’re probably aware, Record Store Day brings out all kinds of special releases, deals and bands to our great city’s multitude of brick-and-mortar storefronts. There’s a totally dope Record Store Day directory on their bangin’ site, but we thought we’d tweeze out some highlights for you so you don’t have to. For instance, Old [...]

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On the Record: Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks, SOHN, Woods, Ingrid Michaelson, The Afghan Whigs, and Jessica Lea Mayfield
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