Thursday, February 07, 2008
What a Pulitzer Prize Winning Author Reads on the Train
I have the strange ability to recognize faces, especially of people who interest me, whether famous or not. I often see actors taking public transportation to and from the upper west side. This morning, I spotted Frank McCourt. I liked Angela's Ashes, but I loved 'Tis. I read it just after I moved to New York City. It's a humerous and self-deprecating memoir of Frank's own New York City experience, but it's also a history of the city itself. I still find myself being reminded of things and places that I read about in 'Tis. Hardly a soul on the train is without a book or newspaper to pass their commute time (but not me - it's only five stops and I'm usually too busy staring at faces). So what was a Pulitzer Prize Winner reading? He was reading Saxons, Vikings, and Celts: The Genetic Roots of Britain and Ireland by Sykes. He wears bright blue framed reading glasses.
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Oh wow, that so cool! I love Frank McCourt. I think Angela's Ashes is my favorite. But I read 'Tis before I started going to New York regularly, so I'd probably get more out of it now.
I've never been able to bring myself to watch the movie version of Angela's Ashes. I just figure it would be incredibly difficult. It's one thing to read about that kind of debilitating poverty, but another thing to see it on screen.
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