Tuesday, March 27, 2007

i am loathe

(so very, very loathe) to replace the Calvert DeForest remembrance at the top of the blog.

and yet.

I guess we're getting close to baseball season (yes, I know we're getting close to baseball season. less than a week. I do own a calendar) as that's the only reason I can think of which would cause all three of my titles in the Baseball Behind The Seams series - The Catcher, The Starting Pitcher and The Shortstop - to reside in the top 130,000 of Amazon's current sales ranking. hell, The Catcher's in the top 30,000. go figure.

but while we're on the topic of The Catcher, sadly it's come to my attention that Ed Bailey, one of the book's more resonant voices, passed away from throat cancer last Friday.
Bailey, a lifelong resident of Tennessee, played parts of 14 major league seasons, was a five-time National League All-Star selection and caught the only no-hitter ever thrown by Hall of Fame pitcher Juan Marichal (against Houston on June 6, 1963), something we discussed at some length when I was working on the book.
though we only talked over the phone, Ed Bailey, to my experience, was a gracious and generous man and I remain greatly appreciative of the time he gave me.
r.i.p. Mr. Bailey.

in other news:
about a week ago the newest forthcoming batch in the 33 1/3 series was announced and I was fortunate enough to be selected to scribble on Fleetwood Mac's Tusk.
the excitement lasted about forty-five seconds. then the worried machinations of my mind took over and I don't expect the excitement back anytime soon. but I am sure it'll be an interesting, worthwhile experience.

a short interview with The Silos' Walter Salas-Humara popped at Riverfront Times last week. it'll be a while before any other periodical writing appears, so read slowly.

last movie viewed: Krzysztof Kieslowski's Blue
the one before that: Krzysztof Kieslowski's White
the one before that: Krzysztof Kieslowski's Red

currently reading: The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 by Lawrence Wright

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