in which the author discusses five books he’d read, if time permitted.
1. The Outsider: A Memoir, by Jimmy Connors I’ve always liked Jimmy Connors because he looks like Pete Rose. That is, he looks like an underdog—-like a guy someone found at a Wawa in Scranton or Wilkes-Barre, Pa., before putting a tennis racket (or a baseball bat) in his hand and telling him to do his best. Right? I mean, Jimmy Connors looks more than a little bit like Pete Rose, don’t you think?
3. The Shining Girls, by Lauren Beukes I’m trying to read more sci-fi (syfy?) these days because I’m trying to imagine a more exciting future for myself and my progeny since, so far, no one has invited us onto a spaceship with a biodome capable of supporting many generations of Moyers as we explore deep space in search of intelligent life.
4. Revolutionary Summer: The Birth of American Independence, by Joseph J. Ellis Does anyone else think it’s weird that America was invented by dudes from Boston, Philadelphia, and second-tier Virginia cities like Charlottesville? I trust these cities to produce insular hardcore scenes. A model of democratic government that will guide the world? Maybe not.
5. Sacred Scripture, Sacred War: The Bible and the American Revolution, by James P. Byrd See what I mean?