Thursday, March 19, 2015

Has Paul Auster Lost His Marbles (And/Or His Fastball)?


Don't get be wrong.

I consider Mr. Auster to be a literary genius.

And 'Auggie Wren's Christmas Story', despite it's lack of a tree and/or a Santa, is one of my, and my kids', favourites.

But this thing about how he wants to turn America's National pastime into a bastardized version of 50 overs cricket is just plain crazy:

As the 2015 season approaches, the Atlantic League is set to try a more extreme way of speeding up the game.

According to Fox Sports, a batter will be called out if he hits a foul ball with two strikes and will be given a walk for three balls instead of four. These changes will be tested when theLong Island Ducks host the Bridgeport Bluefish for an exhibition game on April 18.

The league said the changes for the exhibition game were proposed by a 68-year-old author and baseball fan named Paul Auster. The league also said the changes were not under consideration for regular season games and are to serve as an experiment for ways to improve the pace of games....

I mean, what's next, a complete and total ban on human rain delays?

That Christmas Story also plays a significant part of the Auster/Wayne Wang cinematic collaboration brought to life by non other than the good Mr. Keitel.


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