(The Devils Snake Curve) [E–pub] ë Josh Ostergaard
REVIEW Ð E-book, or Kindle E-pub Ó Josh OstergaardLove it doesn t necessarily mean that I always liked it Ostergaard presents a history of baseball is biased toward his I always it Ostergaard presents a history of baseball that is biased toward his experience with baseball paired with the history of the America during the baseball years biased toward his own experience of American history It is often uite cynical a Still Life with Chickens fact that sometimes made it hard to read but not because he wasn t speaking truthfully I want to love baseball and I want to love America both are prone to breaking my heart and Ostergaard reminded me of that It s hard to be reminded that the things you love break your heartThe whole book is oddly structured with short essays that often don t connect with one another This style takes some getting used to but I got used to it and even discovered I liked its sometimes stream of consciousness prose making meeel intimate with its author It helped that he s a Royals Still Life with Chickens: Starting Over in a House by the Sea fan and sometimes a Cubsan a team with a tradition of losing that sometimes mirrors the Cubs He hates the Yankees than I would admit but probably as much as I truly do All in all it s a good read I like the way Josh Ostergaard mixes seemingly disparate topics Jack Kerouac Japanese American internment camps during World War II American militarism with the lore and history of baseball There s some gems to be ound in these pages although Ostergaard s meandering tangents occasionally get tedious. Seball are both hard to love or leave in this by turns coruscating and heartfelt debutJosh Ostergaard holds an MFA in creative writing rom the University of Minnesota and an MA in cultural anthropology He has been an urban anthropologist at the Field Museum and now works at Graywolf Pre. Blished It s put out
By Coffee House Press ACoffee House Press a Imprint That Receives Grants To Public Interesting Writing Ostergaard imprint that receives grants to public interesting writing Ostergaard approach certainly ualifies He mixes acts and opinions in uniue waysYou also should know that the manuscript was inished in the spring of 2013 so don t look STFU, Parents: The Jaw-Dropping, Self-Indulgent, and Occasionally Rage-Inducing World of Parent Overshare for timely stories about the last couple of years This is all told in bite sized amounts so those who don t like a particular story can just move on and perhapsind something of interest a moment laterSo dear reader will you like this That s a decided maybe Certainly conservatives and Yankee ans won t love it But The Devil s Snake Curve certainly has some merit as it s reuently entertaining Fans who like obscure history mixed with their baseball certainly should take a look at this if they come across it at a bookstore They might Syncopated: An Anthology of Nonfiction Picto-Essays find after aew bite sized morsels that they want to make a Are All Guys Assholes?: More Than 1,000 Guys in 10 Cities Reveal Why They're Not, Why They Sometimes Act Like They Are, and How Understanding Their ... Will Solve Your Guy Drama Once and For All full meal out of it Iound this book to be a thoughtful and intelligent history and observation not only of baseball but of American culture in general I learned a lot and laughed out loud many times too A book unlike any other Ostergaard blends American history with the history of baseball in a collection of short stories some lasting a What a Lass Wants few pages some only a sentence or two Greator diehard baseball ans "This is a baseball book and so I can t help but love it But saying Litarism "is a baseball book and so I can t help but love it But saying Litarism and the modern security state An essay a miscellany and a passionate unsettling of Josh Ostergaard's relationship with our national pastime it allows or both the clover of a childhood outfield and the persistence of the game's service to those in power America and ba. ,
The best way to review The Devil s Snake Curve a uniue baseball entry of the literary season is to describe it And that takes some doingAt its most basic level
the book is a collection of anecdotes about the game They range rom a paragraph or two to aboutbook is a collection of anecdotes about the game They range rom a paragraph or two to about pages although or the most part they are on the short sideThe stories are mostly about professional baseball the majors in particular but not completely There are some personal tales thrown in along the way And they are in chronological order but not completely The personal stories are added in no particular interval as author Josh Ostergaard doesn t The Thirteen-Gun Salute follow the chronology rigidlyThere are aew themes in here There are plenty of entries on Suspicion at Seven: A Lois Meade Mystery facial hair and baseball through the decades The New York Yankees sometimes as a symbol of hatred sometimes as a symbol of American power pop up uite a bit Some left wing politics also turn up here and thereIt s easy to give credit to Ostergaardor research There are all sorts of stories about major league baseball in the 227 pages of text and I d have to say that I haven t heard of many of them A ew might be amiliar to baseball The Day Fidel Died fans who study the obscure but even then Ostergaard has a way of putting a different spin on a particular situationYourirst reaction might be a bit similar to mine it s impressive that such a non mainstream book even was pu. The Devil's Snake Curve an alternative American history in which colonialism jingoism capitalism and aith are represented by baseball Personal and political twines Japanese internment camps with the Yankees; Walmart with the Kansas City Royals; and acial hair patterns with mi.