Date finished: 2004-07-10
Rosenbaum has a gift for writing insightful journalistic essays on everything from phone phreaks ("Secrets of the Little Blue Box") and faith healing ("God's Fillin' Teeth!") to reclusive novelists ("The Catcher in the Driveway" and "Is Thomas Pynchon 'Wanda Tinasky"?). As he observes in his introduction to this book, a common theme of his work is secret connections, hidden knowledge sitting in a safety deposit box or gathering dust on a forgotten library shelf. This book collects essays from the 1970s up to the present day; highlights are:
There are also shorter pieces on Dickens, Keats, life in Long Island, Rosanne Cash, and even cats versus dogs. A fascinating collection.
%T The Secret Parts of Fortune %S Three Decades of Intense Investigations and Edgy Enthusiasms %A Rosenbaum, Ron %G ISBN 0-06-093446-8 %P 799pp %I HarperPerennial %K essays %@ 2004-07-10