Friday, May 29, 2009
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
All of which is just to preface a recommendation: Metcalf hosts the now-weekly Culture Gabfest podcast on Slate, and I stacked up a bunch of episodes on my beloved iPod before coming to Sweden. They're great - almost like being back in class, only with a tighter focus and without the enormous tuition bill or the expectation of intelligent response. And you can rewind. Check them out if you like hearing very smart people talk about the issues of the day and/or Tom Cruise.
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Meanwhile, back at the ranch, I made a cameo appearance in Sunday's New York Times travel piece about Portland, which experts have called "a far cry from frugal" but which I actually thought was pretty good, given the territory and the audience:
(That's right, I sent Matt Gross to a strip club. It's Portland; they're everywhere. Besides, obviously, I favor the oppression of women. In my defense, I also accompanied Matt to an art gallery on First Thursday, and to that Lizard Lounge free-good-beer party, and to Ground Kontrol and Backspace. And I'll have you know I pushed for the Magic Gardens over A-crop; they've got a huge burger there that's even cheaper than the steak. I think Mary's Club is still my favorite, though.)
OK. Back to work! Hoho.
Wednesday, May 06, 2009
Tuesday, May 05, 2009
Monday, May 04, 2009
| Today, during a emotion-filled ceremony at Clinica Mobile in the Jerez paddock, I launched my new book Grand Prix College.|
Many riders came to hold it, stroke it, make it feel welcome, appreciated and loved.
Valentino Rossi, who had helped me write the book preface, looked at the cover and commented, �My brother looks better than me�.
Andrea Dovizioso promised me that he�d read the chapter about him and horses during the night.
Jorge Lorenzo wanted to read his own words about fear, remembering all about that interview, one night when fear was knocking hard on the door of courage.
Loris Capirossi and Ingrid were moved by the mention of their young son Riccardo.
Dani Pedrosa saw his photo in the book and started to read the chapter about him while the Clinica Mobile physiotherapists treated his injured knee.
Roberto Locatelli read the pages about his terrible accident here at Jerez two years ago, telling how he was born to this world a second time.
Nicky Hayden, after celebrating the launch of the book with the other riders, continued treatment at the Clinica after his recent race crashes.
Andrea Iannone, Raffaele de Rosa, Chris Vermeulen, Bradley Smith, Danny Webb, Marc Marquez, Pol Espargaro and all the Rookie Cup �baby� riders smiled to the photographers from the Clinica truck steps to celebrate their book, their hospital and their home.
The book is available in Italian, English and Spanish: I�d like not just the children, but also their parents to read it and understand all that passionate young hearts can do to put the coldness of reason into perspective.
My feelings that came from hidden places inside me and guided me in writing this book can now mix with the feelings and emotions of those who read it.