Friday, October 12, 2007

We interrupt Edmund Wilson Week with this Important Update from Fenway Park

{Photo by rocketlass.}

Early in tonight's Red Sox-Indians game at Fenway Park, the dreadful Fox TV cameras spotted lifelong Sox fan Stephen King reading in the stands. Now, as I've admitted before, I read at the ballpark--but only when I'm alone, and only between innings. King, on the other hand, was reading during the game.

He fully redeemed himself later, though. When sideline reporter Chris Myers sat next to him and asked him about being caught reading, King responded:
The great thing about baseball is that you can get eighteen pages read just in the inning breaks. And now that Fox is doing the games, you can read twenty-seven pages because the commercial breaks are longer!

In honor of King's performance, I may finally have to act on my vague, long-standing, inexplicable urge to read Salems Lot. It's the right time of year for vampire stories, after all.

Too bad the Red Sox weren't playing the Yankees--Stephen King could probably have written a whole novel about their zombie problem.

{Animated gif of Zombie Shelley Duncan by rocketlass.}


  1. Anonymous8:17 AM

    What book did he say he was reading? I thought he said something like, "The Ghost," but I now I wonder if it was Philip Roth's new book, "Exit Ghost"... I don't have it recorded so can't check. Did you hear it? FYI "Exit Ghost" has been favorably reviewed in the last New Yorker.

  2. Anonymous11:16 AM

    OK, I was wrong... another blogger points out that it WAS "The Ghost."

    Sorry to bother you.

  3. Maybe he was reading Alan Lightman's GHOST....or THE NEW-YORK GHOST?

    'Salem's Lot is good!

  4. Surely you mean "the cameras of dreadful Fox TV." The cameras themselves are just fine; it's what the director orders them pointed at, and what Tim McCarver says while they're being pointed there, that are the real problems.