— Dr. Bertram S. Brown, on Rosemary Kennedy
BOOK REPORT: JEWBALL BY NEAL POLLACK
The legendary Neal Pollack has had one of the most unique careers in modern letters; after bursting like a meteor into the humorist sky with the McSweeney’s published, Neal Pollack Anthology of American Literature, which remains in my mind the funniest book of the past decade or so. The past decade has taken him to places we of the 90’s could have never imagined - to Yoga and to dad-writing for starters. This latest opus however, takes us into yet another fantastical world beyond our imagination; the world of Jewish basketball leagues of the 1930’s.
I have heard from my father the tales of the days when Jews were actually tough and feared, with mobsters of their own. But little is said of the time when my people were actually better than average athletes.
Neal Pollack has the thrilling tale of how the Jews invented basketball while fighting American Nazis in a completely enjoyable, thrilling thriller in the classic hardboiled style. I don’t actually care at all about basketball, but the scenes on the court had me on the edge of my seat nonetheless. So if you do care anything about basketball, you probably need to read this immediate. Extremely fun book now available on Amazon. You can thank me later.
— John Derbyshire, April 5, 2012… Two Thousand Frigging Twelve. This is his advice to white and asian kids on how to approach black people, in the wake of the Trayvon Martin murder.
Piano Sonata No.2, 3rd movement.
Here is the translated contents of this recording:
A. Rubinstein: What a wonderful thing [the phonograph].
J. Block: Finally.
E. Lawrowskaja: A disgusting…how he dares slyly to name me.
W. Safonov : (Sings a scale incorrectly).
P. Tchaikovsky: This trill could be better.
E. Lawrowskaja: (sings).
P. Tchaikovsky: Block is good, but Edison is even better.
E. Lawrowskaja: (sings) A-o, a-o.
W. Safonow: (In German) Peter Jurgenson in Moskau.
P. Tchaikovsky: Who just spoke? It seems to have been Safonow. (Whistles
There is a great Man living in this Country – a composer. He has solved the problem how to preserve one’s self-esteem and to learn. He responds to negligence by contempt. He is not forced to accept praise or blame. His name is Ives.
-Arnold Schoenberg regarding Charles Ives in a note found posthumously.
— Anton Friedrich Justus Thibaut in Purity in Music 1825