A fictional list of baseball fiction?

October 28, 2013

Can’t figure out the maze of links for this one.

The Campaign for the American Reader posted this item posted by¬†Marshal Zeringue on “Five top works of baseball fiction,” according to Leigh Montville, the author of two wonderful biographies on Babe Ruth and Ted Williams.¬† The initial offering is The Brothers K by David James Duncan. To find out the other four, you either have to click this link — “One of five enduring works of baseball fiction he tagged for the Wall Street Journal” — or this one: “Read about another entry on Montville’s list.” Both links takes the viewer to the “Lit Lists” blog where the reader discovers Bang the Drum Slowly, by Mark Harris. To find out the other three, you’re supposed to click a link on that page titled “Read about the other entries on Montville’s list.” That one brings you to a July Wall Street Journal piece hidden behind a paywall. So unless you subscribe to the WSJ, you’ll never learn the identity of the other three titles.

Seems like such a roundabout waste of time.

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