* Review: Pull Up a Chair

June 29, 2009 · 8 comments

The American Spectator published this review of Curt Smith’s new book, emblematic of an increasing sentiment.

Upshot:

Unfortunately, Smith gives us a wealth of good information in a pedestrian writing style, clipped and choppy and occasionally incoherent. He sometimes changes subject in the middle of a paragraph. There are quotes where it’s hard to tell who is being quoted. Smith often uses a quirky kind of shorthand, full of words followed by colons, so that the book sometimes has the feel of a Power Point presentation rather than a coherent, flowing narrative. The reader has to work harder than he should have to in order to get the sense of Smith’s presentation. Just the opposite of listening to Scully.

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  • NAN HULME

    I have been a Dodgers fan since the 1940s and a fan of Vin Scully for almost as long. Thanks to XM and mlb.com, I can listen to him still.
    I was so excited when this book was published and ordered a copy immediately. I have been STRUGGLING to read it and make sense of the author’s often twisted and tortured paragraphs. I agree wholeheartedly with the opinions expressed by Mr. Kaplan. Vin Scully deserves so much more!!!

    (P.S. I recently read “Forever Blue” and found it well written and fascinating. Perhaps Mr. D’Antonio could do a bio. of Vin.)

  • NAN HULME

    I have been a Dodgers fan since the 1940s and a fan of Vin Scully for almost as long. Thanks to XM and mlb.com, I can listen to him still.
    I was so excited when this book was published and ordered a copy immediately. I have been STRUGGLING to read it and make sense of the author’s often twisted and tortured paragraphs. I agree wholeheartedly with the opinions expressed by Mr. Kaplan. Vin Scully deserves so much more!!!

    (P.S. I recently read “Forever Blue” and found it well written and fascinating. Perhaps Mr. D’Antonio could do a bio. of Vin.)

  • NAN HULME

    I have been a Dodgers fan since the 1940s and a fan of Vin Scully for almost as long. Thanks to XM and mlb.com, I can listen to him still.
    I was so excited when this book was published and ordered a copy immediately. I have been STRUGGLING to read it and make sense of the author’s often twisted and tortured paragraphs. I agree wholeheartedly with the opinions expressed by Mr. Kaplan. Vin Scully deserves so much more!!!

    (P.S. I recently read “Forever Blue” and found it well written and fascinating. Perhaps Mr. D’Antonio could do a bio. of Vin.)

  • NAN HULME

    I have been a Dodgers fan since the 1940s and a fan of Vin Scully for almost as long. Thanks to XM and mlb.com, I can listen to him still.
    I was so excited when this book was published and ordered a copy immediately. I have been STRUGGLING to read it and make sense of the author’s often twisted and tortured paragraphs. I agree wholeheartedly with the opinions expressed by Mr. Kaplan. Vin Scully deserves so much more!!!

    (P.S. I recently read “Forever Blue” and found it well written and fascinating. Perhaps Mr. D’Antonio could do a bio. of Vin.)

  • NAN HULME

    I have been a Dodgers fan since the 1940s and a fan of Vin Scully for almost as long. Thanks to XM and mlb.com, I can listen to him still.
    I was so excited when this book was published and ordered a copy immediately. I have been STRUGGLING to read it and make sense of the author’s often twisted and tortured paragraphs. I agree wholeheartedly with the opinions expressed by Mr. Kaplan. Vin Scully deserves so much more!!!

    (P.S. I recently read “Forever Blue” and found it well written and fascinating. Perhaps Mr. D’Antonio could do a bio. of Vin.)

  • NAN HULME

    I have been a Dodgers fan since the 1940s and a fan of Vin Scully for almost as long. Thanks to XM and mlb.com, I can listen to him still.
    I was so excited when this book was published and ordered a copy immediately. I have been STRUGGLING to read it and make sense of the author’s often twisted and tortured paragraphs. I agree wholeheartedly with the opinions expressed by Mr. Kaplan. Vin Scully deserves so much more!!!

    (P.S. I recently read “Forever Blue” and found it well written and fascinating. Perhaps Mr. D’Antonio could do a bio. of Vin.)

  • Thanks for your thoughts, Ms. Hulme, but the credit for the review is not mine; it comes from Larry Thornberry in The American Spectator.

  • Thanks for your thoughts, Ms. Hulme, but the credit for the review is not mine; it comes from Larry Thornberry in The American Spectator.

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