Thursday, October 09, 2008

Atlanta Culture Watch


I always loved reading the restroom walls as a kid, to the chagrin of my parents, and apparently some vestige of that remains.

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#42 -- "Fury: Inside the Life of Theoren Fleury" by Andrew Malcolm

I'm trying to clear off my bookshelves a bit, so I finally read this -- I was sent a review copy back in the late 1990s, about the time Theo was traded to the Avalanche.

The narrative's pretty familiar to anyone who was watching hockey in the 1990s -- Fleury the small guy who overcame all sorts of obstacles to make good. This suffers a bit thanks to something that's not at all the author's fault -- Fleury's rather public self-destruction later on revealed demons that really aren't apparent here.

It's decent. I don't really read a lot of sports books any more, and this is in the camp of "not bad, but I wouldn't seek it out if it hadn't been languishing on my bookshelf for a decade." Some of it's kind of entertainingly dated, especially references to the NHL being a sport on the rise and making inroads in the U.S. It can be really choppy, too. It jumps around by necessity, but sometimes obviously significant references are made and then not followed up for a while.

Ok, about time to give "Mason & Dixon" another stab.

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