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Wednesday reading — conspiracies and other theories

What I've been reading

I read The Pine Tar Game: The Kansas City Royals, the New York Yankees, and Baseball's Most Absurd and Entertaining Controversy. I did not really properly realize how lengthy, serious and bitter the Royals-Yankees rivalry was back in the day. It was intense and yes, very entertaining. I also did not know that much about George Brett back when he was a player and that was interesting.

I read Numero Zero, Umberto Eco's latest work of fiction. It was pretty disappointing. The premise sounds like something along the lines of Foucault's Pendulum, but in practice it feels like a pretty thin excuse to corral a few oddball characters, a Mussolini conspiracy theory, and some snark about Italian journalism into less than two hundred pages, although it seemed longer. But not in the good way.

I read The Bullpen Gospels: A Non-Prospect's Pursuit of the Major Leagues and the Meaning of Life. I was hoping for colorful minor league shenanigans and it delivered, and was also pretty funny.

I read Landline, which was the only one of Rainbow Rowell's books that I hadn't gotten around to reading yet. It was fun and funny and if I recall correctly I enjoyed it a lot more than Attatchments, her other adult novel.

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