April 06, 2004
15 Down, 37 To Go

Jane Leavy's biography of Sandy Koufax, A Lefty's Legacy, was a surprisingly light read, given the subject matter. Sandy Koufax was the premier pitcher in the mid-1960's, and Leavy examines his career in parallel with the changes in society and baseball during that time. I expected a more detailed view of the great pitcher's life, but the book mostly delves into Koufax's youth, on-field accomplishments and the arm problems that forced an early retirement. If you're looking for a Kitty Kelley tell-all, pass on this biography. This book is entertaining spring reading, the story of a reluctant hero in a time of change.

My next book, Jenny and the Jaws Of Life: Short Stories by Jincy Willett was recommended by a good friend. I have been a lifelong fan of short fiction, from fairy tales to Flannery O'Connor, Chekhov to Cheever, so I have high hopes for this book.

Posted by david on April 06, 2004
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Willett is my last name. I wonder if we're related. huh.

Posted by: another mark on April 6, 2004 01:00 PM

I set a much lower bar for a reading goal but I'm working through nicely.

I just finished 'How Soon Is Never' by Marc Spitz. Here's a link to my blog entry about it:

http://www.falfa.com/mt/archives/000304.html

Posted by: Michael on April 8, 2004 12:05 PM
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