Monday, November 30, 2009

Inappropriate Happiness Reviewed by Gold Dust Magazine

One of my favorite authors, Tom Saunders, had his fantastic new novel, Inappropriate Happiness, reviewed by Gold Dust Magazine. And don't miss their interview with the author, too!

Read my review of the book here.

You can order the book directly from the publisher, Reuben Books, or at Amazon UK.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!

As someone who designs and works on Sesame Street books, I find this cartoon especially funny.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Columbine, reviewed

One of the reporters on scene during the tragedy, author Dave Cullen spent ten years researching and writing this book. He does a great job of detailing the crime—before, during, and after the event—and shatters many of the myths and misconceptions that arose. Like, the killers were loners who were bullied by jocks and finally "snapped" and got their ultimate revenge. That is the prevailing myth about Columbine. It is wrong. Cullen explains the psychology behind the methodical planning of psychopath Eric Harris and his partner in crime, Dylan Klebold, and the impact their crime had on the community. Columbine is a fascinating, scary, and insightful read.

Thursday, November 05, 2009

Thuhuhuhuhuh Yankees WIN!

The New York Yankees won their 27th World Series championship last night against the Philadelphia Phillies, and the first one in their spanking new Stadium. They opened this decade with a WS win (against the Mets), and now have closed the decade with a championship.

27 championships. Think about that. The New York franchise came into existence in 1903 (then known as the Highlanders), so in 107 baseball seasons, they have won 27 times. That is over 25% of the time! Incredible.

This got me thinking. The American League East is a beast. Out of the six divisions in baseball, they are far and away the best. Consider this: In this decade, the A.L. East has produced four World Champions and have won seven pennants. Here is the count: Pennants—Yanks 4, Red Sox 2, Rays 1. World Championships—Yanks 2, Red Sox 2.

Congrats, Yanks!!

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Empire State of Mind

Jay Z and Alicia Keys performing "Empire State of Mind" (Derek Jeter's walk-to-the-plate song) before Game 2 of the 2009 World Series at Yankee Stadium. Jeter's expression while Alicia is singing is priceless. Are they dating? Why aren't they dating? They should be!