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Author Archive: "Pat Walsh"

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Until recently, I was bewildered at the reason why people would buy DVD box sets when they can get TiVo and have their shows for free. I think now that people want collections in order to have them on hand to show unfamiliar guests or even lend the discs to others in hopes of gaining compatriots. DVD sets are an evangelical tool.

At my reading last night, my wife and I got to talking with Brendan, who was introducing me. We got on the subject of television shows and he raved about The Wire, saying that it was better than The Sopranos in many ways. I promised to have a look and I made him vow to start watching House.

It was odd sitting in a bookstore discussing television, but for both of us I'm sure it was a welcome respite from talking about books. This kind of chat is the only way that I trust to find restaurants, movies, TV shows, and — most important — books.

Books have always been this way. When I fall in love with a book, I'll often buy multiple copies — usually used — because I know I'll be ...

A Little Piece of Me Dies

I read The Da Vinci Code. I kinda had to, after all this time. In the past, I had been a big advocate of the book — but not for its literary merits. I worked in the publishing industry for years and I admired the fact that Dan Brown's publishing house took a book by a previously mid-list author and pumped a lot of money into the marketing campaign. This doesn't happen too often anymore. Publishing is good at one thing: shamelessly copying the success of others. If one house pumped money into a mid-list author, other houses would follow suit.

Presently, you can debut big with your first book or disappear. Building the career of an author is an old fashioned notion that no longer works. For one thing, editors aren't stationary long enough to see an author through several books. They jump from house to house or become agents. This is not their fault. You can't get a raise or even a promotion very often in publishing unless you go across the street. Worse yet is that authors jump around too much, moving from house to house for a few dollars more.

Anyway, Dan Brown wrote ...

Sharing Is Bad

Yesterday was supposed to be my first reading and my second blog entry. Instead, I spent the day being sick. The hardest thing about being sick might be dealing with people who aren't sick. They have no idea how good they have it. My loved ones quickly lose their tolerance for hearing me blather on about the colorful details of my symptoms.

I ended up canceling my own reading, which was a tough decision, but the right one. I have no idea how many people might have showed up, but I probably would have regaled them all with sordid details of my flu instead of reading from my book.

Just as sick people like to talk about their maladies, in poker everyone loves to tell their bad beat stories. These tales of woe usually begin with something like, "I got dealt a pair of Jacks in the cut-off seat…" I have a million of them and can recite them at will, as can any regular player. If you ever get between two poker players trying to one up each other's bad beat stories, it's best just to leave the scene without a word or you might be suckered in ...


I suppose I should talk about poker here, but I don't want to. Poker is already shoved down everyone's throat. Almost every electronic device a person owns can be somehow linked to poker: computer, television, cell phone, and the ipod. Pretty soon I'm sure my ice maker will offer spread limit Omaha. People who enjoy reading poker blogs have many options to choose from — all of which have more knowledge and advice than I could ever offer. Besides, my book will only make you a better poker player the way watching a car accident will make you a better driver.

What I'd really like to talk about is some topics that have not been discussed on the web yet: the World Cup, Bush administration deficiencies, and Snakes on a Plane.

Late night talk show hosts were making their jokes about Americans not caring about soccer or the World Cup. Every other country gets beyond excited at the prospect of taking on the world, but for us, it's old hat. We've been doing that for at least six years — and we can use our hands.

I care about the World Cup, if for no other reason, ...

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