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About meI'm John Beck. is my little corner of the web to explore my thoughts about books, baseball, food, and other things I love.

I wrote for 5 seasons for Pinstripe Alley (a Yankees blog), for The Hometown Fan (now defunct) in its startup season, and my first poetry chapbook was published by Turtle Ink Press.

You can also find me on Twitter @jscape2000

About my libraryI'm addicted to my Yankees, to fiction, to graphic novels, and to all forms of meta-fiction. I'm prone to run on sentences (particularly comma splices) and to parenthetical statements. I love thinking about other people's writing and why it reaches me.



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I think I owe you an apology. Through my home page I can access a list of about a dozen books newly acquired by connections; because most of them have similar libraries, the books showing on it are often ones I'd be interested in reading. In looking around for a way to eliminate someone from my similar libraries--because that list is getting flooded with his purchase of many many old blues albums--I found that there's a place to see many many pages of connections' recently-added books (where those albums are a drop in the bucket). I didn't know this when I replied to you; it was the very short list, both yours & mine, that I worried might be crowded with stuff the other wouldn't be interested in, but it might well have sounded as if I were offering an implausible excuse for not accepting your invitation straightaway. I'm very sorry, for that and for this terribly boring explanation. . .
No connection--good to find you're not so obssessed w/the team that you knew who he was. And Clete Boyer might have been too well-known to throw at you . . . Had a look at your (good) blog & rather wish I hadn't; what that loathsome wanker Card has done to 'Hamlet' makes the Goblin Valley incident look like a master class in aesthetics.

Your request is a compliment for which I thank you. I don't know, & perhaps you'd want to reconsider for only one reason: As I understand, friends are considered connections & thus all their activity here shows in the list of activity for members with similar/interesting libraries. Given how surprisingly few books we have in common, I wonder if more appealing listings might be driven away by on one hand baseball books & current US fiction and on the other by obscure remaindered anthologies of current design, domestic anthropology and confusing Croatian novels . . . Perhaps this isn't the way it works? In any case, let me know what you think and cheers again.
Just to thank you for a truly excellent review of Asterios Polyp (which may have me reading it again), you gave just the right amount of information about the story, it's refreshing to find a review of a comic that actually discusses the art (intelligently), I can't help wondering whether you're so deep in fandom that you know who Dooley (Horace) Womack was.

(I'm given to parenthetical remarks as well, though I don't at all like comma splices--but hey, I'm a guest on this page . . . )
Please check your review of Maus II -- you may have inadvertently posted a review of Portnoy's Complaint instead.
John! I forgot this:


Outstanding review of "Black Swan Green"! You named "The Monsters of Templeton" and "Let the Great World Spin" as other really great books, and I couldn't agree more. (I did not have the pleasure of "The Girl Who Fell from the Sky.") I'm currently reading the latest by Lauren Groff, "Arcadia," which so far is simply brilliant.

The best book I read in '12 was "Sacred Hearts" by Sarah Dunant, and "Wild Life" by Molly Gloss is Great Book # 1A.

BTW, I myself am a big time Yankee fan, and have been since the mid '60s (when they were putrid).
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