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Monday, June 20, 2016

The Writer's Life 6/20 - Money to Burn

All right, fashionistas, pony up. The hottest pants going right now are Fear of God Jeans, priced at $895. Here's what you get:

How would they look on one of those jokers who wears his pants halfway down his butt?

Speaking of big bucks, someone paid Stub Hub $116,000 for two tickets to last night's game seven of the NBA finals in Oakland. God bless America.

When Golden State won game four to take a 3-1 series lead, know-it-alls in the press immediately produced articles comparing them to the greatest teams of all-time. Sometimes it's as if they've never seen a game. They often demonstrate a complete lack of the understanding of sport. The Warriors must have read the clippings, as they seemed completely full of themselves. The Cavaliers ignored them and have given Cleveland its first championship since 1965 when the Browns embarrassed the Colts, favored by seven on the road, for the NFL title, 27-0. Kudos.

The rules of golf are often maddening. Yesterday the gutless officials at the final round of the U.S. Open made fools of themselves by waiting until after the event was completed to assess Dustin Johnson a one-shot penalty. His ball moved a fraction of an inch as he was addressing his putt on the fifth hole. It did not appear he did anything to cause the movement, but that's irrelevant. It was his bad luck and, given the finicky rules of the game as presently constituted, he should have been penalized, even though he gained no advantage. By not making an immediate decision, the officials might have compromised the outcome had not Johnson's excellence saved them further embarrassment. DJ, 31, finally conquered the putting bugaboo that plagued him in the past. Not only did he win a coveted major, he pocketed $1.8 million in the process. And now that he has the proverbial monkey off his back, it would not be surprising to see him add other major titles to his resume.

The floating book shop had only one sale today, but the session was still worthwhile. My thanks to the woman who purchased Kate Chopin's The Awakening, one of the first feminist novels, and to the woman who donated a handful of books. Among them was a 944 page novel, Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts. It's said to be autobiographical, about a man who escapes an Australian prisoner only two years into a 19-year sentence and who becomes involved in the Bombay underworld. Later, a woman in her 60's approached and asked about my books. Elena Frank has self-published her own book to Kindle: How To Finally Eliminate Toenail Fungus Easily and Effectively. It's only seven pages and she claims to have sold hundreds, chiefly in Japan. Its price is $2.99. Five of my books, those I control, the shortest of which is 248 pages, list at a buck, and I doubt a hundred have sold between them. Well done, madam. At no cost to herself, she raked in some cash.
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