Read Everything That Dunks Must Converge

Read Everything That Dunks Must Converge
by Bryan Harvey

Truth & lies in Pixar's 'The Good Dinosaur'

Truth & lies in Pixar's 'The Good Dinosaur'
by Bryan Harvey

A world of child soldiers & cowboys

A world of child soldiers & cowboys
by Bryan Harvey

To their own devices: Pablo Larrain's 'The Club'

To their own devices: Pablo Larrain's 'The Club'
by Bryan Harvey

Fries & Ketchup: Mini-Review of Galaviz-Budziszewski's 'Painted Cities' & Some Ballin' Links

July 26, 2014

A book suggestion, some basketball links, and some literary thoughts from elsewhere:

In the story "Childhood" from Alexai Galaviz-Budziszeski's collection Painted Cities, which reads as much like a novella as it does a story collection, is the following description of sunsets in Chicago:

"And to the west was the sunset, that's all I ever knew about the west, when evening would come and the sun would hit that point at the horizon where it flared up the long neon glass corridor of Eighteenth Street as if each panaderia, taco joint, and tavern had caught fire. Then, minutes later, the miracle would disappear, and up and down Eighteenth Street the kids who lined up for blocks were left to wonder if the sun's sole purpose was to torture them with a paradise they would never reach." (50)

 Place matters greatly in the lives of  Galaviz-Budziszeski's characters. Between the shores of Lake Michigan and the painful "miracles" of the western sunset is a magical kingdom, Chicago. But these lives, while sometimes tragic, cannot be characterized merely by their painful experiences. For, ultimately, they are flashes of magic and imagination surrounded by the concrete of the city. Between the front and back walls of the book Painted Cities' cover is an urban freshness that moves beyond the cliches of hoodrats and gangbanging or the always in vogue doses of New York neuroticism. For once, elements of fantasy and adventure are not the sole properties of the upper and middle classes--they are the living stuff of everyone.

From the crew at ESPN's TrueHoop Affiliate, BallerBall:

"Joel Embid, Comedian" by Travis Parker

Visions of #Johanna
-You may think of Joel Embid as just a future Greg Oden, or maybe even an underachieving Sam Bowie, or perhaps as the next Hakeem, if Hakeem played every season at the age he is today. But, even if Embid's body rusts over and crumbles into the sea like bad song lyrics, he will always be so much more in our hears, because he gave us: #Johanna. The 76ers will never be the same. The League will be forever altered. Twitter is now so much more. Travis Parker's analysis will convince you of this. After reading, you will follow Embid not just on Twitter but through entire deserts, or at least one viewing of Lawrence of Arabia. After all, that's what Philly's rebuilding feels like: one long march after another over hot, burning sand. Who wouldn't want to stand under an umbrella?

"Tim Duncan: I'm Using Chrome" by Jason Gallagher

-This parody of LeBron James' Sports Illustrated essay is about two weeks old, but it's still funny and still NOT REAL.

"Delusional Pacers Fan is Ecstatic about 'His' Team's Offseason" by Josh Spilker

-The Pacers fan in this report will make you question the healthiness of unrelenting optimism. Seriously, reality isn't always a bad thing; in fact, it can be quite healthy. Being a Pacer fan right now, after the mystifying play at the end of the season, the near first and second round Playoff losses, Lance blowing in LeBron's ear, Lance leaving, and all the endless rumors, must feel like this:

"Kobe Recruits: An Inside Look" by Andrew Tobolowsky

-Like any secret, the truth was bound to surface. Deep down, though, didn't we always know?

"Catfishing with All the Kevin Loves" by Bryan Harvey 

-Yeah, it's weird to link myself in third person. If you already read my Kevin Love bit, then check out John Sabine's.

"The Uncanny X-Heat: Days of Future Past" by Bryan Harvey

-As a Spurs fan, I rooted for the Sentinels as I wrote this parody.

Around the League:

"James Harden is Right about Chandler Parsons" by Tom Ziller

-This article cuts to the core about what Parsons should and shouldn't be concerned about as he ends his tenure with the Rockets and becomes a Mav. Spoiler: He need to worry less about Harden and more about his own game. Ziller cuts Parsons to the quick with comparisons to 'role players' from around the League.

"Chandler Parsons, James Harden, and the Human Element" by Jason Concepcion

-Another take on the Parsons-Harden dynamic. Concepcion's take implicitly calls to mind themes similar to Dave Eggers' The Circle: what happens when workplace relationships that are essentially human can be defined by the statistics that feel rather inhuman?


"Lucidity, Faith, & Generations: A Review of Scott Cheshire's High as the Horses' Bridles by Matthew Dadonna 

-I enjoyed this review.

"CRAFT THOUGHTS: Why You Should Edit as You Write" by Lincoln Michel

-Some great advice on editing as you go as opposed to draft by draft. To me, Michel's advice reads like common sense. Editing draft by draft seems more apt if everyone were still writing by hand or typewriter perhaps, but chances are most of us are no longer writing primarily by hand or on a typewriter. The process of writing on a computer, in my mind, makes editing a constant, almost fluid, part of the writing process.

Bryan Harvey can be followed on Twitter @LawnChairBoys.


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