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29 January 2007 @ 10:44 pm
To A Haggis  
Took the B train midtown to St. Andrews on West 44th St. last Thursday night to celebrate Robert Burns' 246th birthday; whiskey, haggis, and bagpipes abounded: http://www.standrewsnyc.com/

Here's a smattering of what was served up on the B while on the way there:

1. September Child: The Story of Jean Dalrymple- Jean Dalrymple.

I believe Dalrymple is/was a Broadway producer. My Internet search yielded little information. Anyone with knowledge of who this person is/was please comment on this entry. Your insights will be greatly appreciated.

2. Beth Israel Employee Handbook

3. Executive Power- Vince Flynn

4. Wing It: Delectable Recipes for Everyone's Favorite Bar Snack- Christopher O'Hara

I was surprised to see a cookbook because, a.) reading such a book for leisure on the subway struck me as odd and b.) to cook for one's self in Manhattan is odder still. Perhaps that's why it was a cookbook on how to prepare "bar snacks."

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Since Manhattan is a major publishing city, it wasn't surprising to see a hipster, "I'm not getting paid, but this internship will look killer on my journalism resume," college aged woman reading an advanced copy of this:

5. Little Pink Slips- Sally Koslow (Street Date: April 19th, 2007)

Now, I do admit, I read the "Entertainment" section of CNN.com. But, I was never one for "dishing dirt" or gossiping. And quite frankly, I've turned a blind eye (and a deaf ear or at have at least tried) when it comes to Rosie O'Donnell.

Seems like everyone is picking on "Rosie" these days. First it was Donald Trump. Now, it's Sally Koslow.

Koslow is the former Editor in Chief of McCall's before it was "reinvented" as the ill-fated "Rosie" magazine. "Rosie" was supposed to be tailored in the style of Oprah's magazine, "O." For whatever reason, Koslow was let go from her position at "Rosie." "Little Pink Slips" is apparently Koslow's fictionalized account of Rosie's alledged editorial board coup.

See for yourself. I'm staying out of it:

http://www.radaronline.com/exclusives/2006/12/axed-editor-takes-revenge-on-rosie.php

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Here's the rest from today's A Train commute:


6. Children Playing By a Statue of Hercules: A Collection of Short Stories- David Sedaris

This looks like a pretty solid collection. It includes Amy Hempel's "In the Cemetery Where Al Jolson Is Buried." I remember reading Hempel as an English major while an undergrad at Rutgers.


7. Housekeeping: A Novel- Marilynne Robinson


8. 90 Minutes in Heaven: A True Story of Life and Death- Don Piper and Cecil Murphy

And I swear I'm not making this up. This was the next book I spotted after "90 Minutes..."


9. Life on the Other Side: A Psychic's Tour of the Afterlife- Sylvia Browne and Lyndsay Harrison.

Kinda creepy, eh?