"He instinctively can find the shining greatness of our American culture and does a good job of highlighting it (although he also does have those rare lapses when he writes about hockey, but that is something caused by impurities in the Eastern waters or something)." Erik Keilholtz
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Mark C. N. Sullivan is an editor at a Massachusetts university. He is married and the father of three children. Email
1. Total Number of Books I've Owned. Heaven knows. I'd say I have 300 or so now, not counting the children's books that have taken over all the shelves.
2. Last Book I Bought:A Certain Justice, by PD James, in tandem with The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, by Muriel Sparks, at the library book sale.
3. Last Book I Read:
Currently I'm reading in hardback The Old Ball Game: How John McGraw, Christy Mathewson, and the New York Giants Created Modern Baseball, by Frank Deford.
But I've been on audio book craze, and I'm currently listening in the car to an abridged version of The Angel of Darkness, by Caleb Carr. Before that came The Hero's Life, by Richard Ben Cramer; The Inimitable Jeeves, by PG Wodehouse; an abridged version of The Alienist, by Caleb Carr; The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of The Oxford English Dictionary, by Simon Winchester, and a spate by Dick Francis.
4. Five Books That Mean A lot to Me:
The Boston Braves, 1871-1953, by Harold Kaese, a recent birthday present from my daughter; a copy of The Strange World of Dinosaurs, by John Ostrom, inscribed to me by the Putnam editors when I was a boy; Dear Dead Days, by Charles Addams, a macabre book of fond memory from my childhood; The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, by William Manchester, biography as it should be written, as I wish I could write it; and a commemorative history of Leavitt & Peirce tobacconists in Harvard Square, inscribed by an old friend with whom I have too long lost touch.
5. Tag five people and have them do this on their blog.