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Book Recommendation(s)

May 6, 2008 · No Comments

This isn’t a book review proper as he hasn’t released anything new, but I just wanted to take the time to highly recommend the work of British journalist Andrew Jennings. He specializes in shining the light on the dirty, dirty work of the IOC and FIFA. (more…)

Categories: Books · Olympics · Politics · Soccer · Sports

New Book Review - The Driver by Alex Roy

April 24, 2008 · No Comments

I finished up a new book last night, The Driver: My Dangerous Pursuit of Speed and Truth in the Outlaw Racing World by Alex Roy. (more…)

Categories: Books · Racing · cars

Win a free copy of Winning at All Costs

April 6, 2008 · No Comments

Don’t forget that you can win a free copy of John Foot’s history of Italian soccer by clicking here and taking part in Fighting Talker’s little contest.

Categories: Blogging · Books · Soccer

Win Free Copies of Winning At All Costs

April 4, 2008 · 1 Comment

Thanks to my friends at Nation Books, I have five copies of John Foot’s Winning at All Costs: A Scandalous History of Italian Soccer to give away for FREE. (more…)

Categories: Books · Contests · Soccer

New book review: Winning at All Costs by John Foot

March 28, 2008 · 1 Comment

Winning at All Costs: A Scandalous History of Italian Soccer by John Foot

This, and God Save the Fan, have been my two favorite recent reads and I recommend both highly. I am not a serious fan of Serie A or Italian soccer in general. But thanks to the funny tales of James Richardson (a former Serie A TV host) on Guardian Football Weekly my interest in the game there was piqued. This book, available locally in many “big box” bookstores provides an engrossing overview of the history and culture of Italian soccer. (more…)

Categories: Books · International Soccer · Soccer

The First Ever Book Review

March 9, 2008 · 4 Comments

A first here on Fighting Talker, a book review. It’s just like the New York Review of Books except that I’m not from New York and I can hardly spell intellectual. So here it goes. (more…)

Categories: Books · Sports

I don’t understand kids these days

January 2, 2007 · No Comments

I am confused… So kids in New Jersey are racing to the library after-school to use as a social center?

Every afternoon at Maplewood Middle School’s final bell, dozens of students pour across Baker Street to the public library. Some study quietly.

Others, library officials say, fight, urinate on the bathroom floor, scrawl graffiti on the walls, talk back to librarians or refuse to leave when asked. One recently threatened to burn down the branch library. Librarians call the police, sometimes twice a day.

Librarians and other experts say the growing conflicts are the result of an increase in the number of latchkey children, a decrease in civility among young people and a dearth of “third places” — neither home nor school — where kids can be kids.


“We don’t consider the world as safe a place as it used to be, and we don’t encourage children to run around, hang around and be free,” said Judy Nelson, president of the Young Adult Library Services Association, part of the American Library Association. “So you have parents telling their kids that the library is a good place to go.”

Rowland Bennett, who served as the director of the Maplewood Memorial Library for 30 years and is now president of the local school board, said libraries had become “the child care center by necessity.”

With parents telling kids that nowhere is safe from predators, where are kids left to go where they can just be kids?

Categories: Books · Kids

Watching my favorite TV Show

January 2, 2007 · No Comments

So I am sitting here watching my man Anthony Bourdain and the beginning of the new season of his show No Reservations. If you have any interest in travel or food, this show is undoubtedly for you. He is viciously funny and the most daring traveler and eater I’ve ever seen. (Even I won’t eat Bee Larvae… maybe) Also, his three books, Kitchen Confidential, Cook’s Tour and The Nasty Bits are spectacular. He does more to dispel the “Idiot, Unadventurous, American Tourist” stereotype than anyone else.

I hate unadventurous travelers. I had the misfortune of traveling to Israel some years back with many of them and they made our lives miserable. Always scared of new foods, new cultures, anything that stretches their comfortable little Walmart, McDonalds, Outback, Abercrombie-rotted minds - they were ever negative stereotype of both Americans and Jews. Needless to say, I came home feeling pretty down about the state of my fellow youth after dealing with those folks.

Next time you travel, or even just travel into one of more ethnic corners of Fairfax County (like mine perhaps) try the ethnic joint with the packed tables. Trust me it’ll be worth it.

If you live in the DC area and are up for some Bourdain-like food exploration, Tyler Cowen’s ethnic food guide is a must-read. He is a renowned economics professor at George Mason, who also happens to be an amateur food reviewer of local restaurants. If Tyler likes it, odds on is that the restaurant is good.

Categories: Books · Food · Television · Travel