Saturday, August 31, 2013

Jake by Alfred Slote

Taking a break from reading the third volume of A Life of Picasso, I read Jake by Alfred Slote. This book and author were featured in one of the first 30 for 30 Shorts.

Jake is a kid's baseball book that was written in 1971. The protagonist is a eleven year old boy who lives with his uncle. Jake's uncle is a musician who is gone rehearsing and playing music most nights and sleeps until noon. The book follows Jake as he struggles in school and tries to keep his Michigan little league baseball team from being disbanded.

It is not a great book for adults. It is interesting in the context of Bill Simmons, Grantland and the ESPN 30 for 30 shorts. Bill wrote a article about what the author and the book meant to him when the short film was published. His article, the first two chapters of book and the short film are here on Grantland.

Just as a footnote, I am really struggling with third volume of the life of Picasso. I had forgot how much of a burden it was to get through the second volume. It has been more than 20 years since I started reading something and then gave up. The third volume of the life of Picasso could be the first one.

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