What We’re Reading – the 0516 edition

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Time for an update on what’s on our reading stack (shelf, Kindle, iPad, etc.).

We continue taking a serendipitous approach which makes our “What We’re Reading” look a lot like those cereal variety packs.
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It’s not completely random. There’s a story behind everything on our stack. The fun part is that we aren’t locked in, so we are able to actively practice our #SCMF approach.

What we're reading in May.

What we’re reading in May.

So presently we are bouncing between a new book by NHL goalie Martin Brodeur (Beyond the Crease) which we picked up because we’re curious about the mindset of someone playing that position. It jumped to the top of the queue. We really like Don Cherry’s musings, but this one has more of what we want to learn as the Stanley Cup playoffs progress.

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Since we saw “The Little Prince” movie and embarked on the “Dear Netflix series, our colleague, St. X has been top of mind. We are curious about what’s available that talks about his life and what influenced him. In late March we picked up “The Pilot and the Little Prince: The Life of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry”, which actually appears in the “Kids” section of Amazon. It’s fantastic! Grown-ups CAN (and SHOULD) feel comfortable checking out this book to get a nice overview of St. X’s life in a very visually appealing manner.

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Another one in our rotation is “The Future of Golf in America: How Golf Lost Its Way in the 21st Century (and How to Get It Back)” by Geoff Shackelford. It’s arrival is tied to the AWSI “Cultivating Golf Confidence” series.

And there’s more!

Our reading isn’t limited to physical books (which you probably already know from last time when we mentioned reading Jason Fry’s “Sportswriting in the Digital Age.”

What’s cool about that book is we can read on the Android phone (Kindle Reader) while waiting for an activity to start. His work is short and “snackable.”

The iPad is the device that’s really earning its keep, so to speak.

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Frannie and Dossie couldn’t believe that Krazy Kat was available for download from a site related to Amazon called Comixology (www.comixology.com).

For those unfamiliar, Krazy Kat is an American newspaper comic strip by cartoonist George Herriman (1880–1944), which ran from 1913 to 1944. It first appeared in the New York Evening Journal, whose owner, William Randolph Hearst, was a major booster for the strip throughout its run.

It’s been digitized and can be read in a swell format on the iPad which allows for stretching and shrinking the screen as necessary for the eyes to fully comprehend the “amazingness” of Mr. Herriman.

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Of course, once we started exploring Comixology (perhaps assisted exploration is a better descriptor since they send email pushes pretty much daily), we “discovered” a graphic novel version of the HBO series “Game of Thrones.” Yes, we know the HBO show is an adaptation George R.R. Martin’s best-selling book series. But for someone wanting to quickly get a quick overview of the genesis of the series, its not a bad way to go.

A Comixology push promoting the series-related graphic novels got our attention.

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This pretty full plate of ours also includes two magazines: Sports Illustrated and AdAge.

We find sports writing very entertaining and informative. In fact, we’ve been quite pleased with Sports Illustrated: Fifty Years of Great Writing: 50th Anniversary 1954-2004 which we picked up last August when we read a reference to an essay John Steinbeck wrote for Sports Illustrated in 1965 entitled “Then My Arm Gassed Up.”

We’ve slacked a bit on Lucky Peach. Ran out of time and “brain-width.” A new issue just showed up too. Maybe in June we’ll find a way to work it back into the rotation.

Having a #SCMF approach is fun as long as you have the discipline to keep the “plates spinning” as you bounce from book to kindle to iPad to…

What’s on your reading stack? Please let us know via Facebook, Twitter, or by commenting below.

Speaking of reading, thanks for taking the time to check out our post.

–The Gang


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