By Rob Delaney Spiegel & Grau. 196 pp. $25 - - - At the very top of the list of things that people say are "unimaginable" is the tragedy of one's child dying. People don't mean they can't imagine it, of course, but that they will not; it would be too sad, too much. Not 10 pages into Rob Delaney's "A Heart That Works," a memoir of his son Henry's life and death from brain cancer at age 21/2, he insists that you do imagine it. "If you have more than one child, it's critical you pick one for this exercise," he writes. "If you're reading this, and you have a child, do it now." I did exactly that, because I'm a good listener, and because Delaney's urge to have the world around him gain fluency in his pain is familiar to any griever. How can we express what it means to lose the ones we love, what their lives meant to the people in their orbit? How can we get people not just to acknowledge our pain with platitudes and sympathy cards and flower arrangements, but to feel it? … [Read more...] about Book World: Rob Delaney’s book, about the loss of his son, sings with life
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Invasion: The Inside Story of Russia's Bloody War and Ukraine's Fight for Survival By Luke Harding Vintage. 312 pp. $18 - - - Of all the millions of horrifying, heartbreaking and sometimes inspiring images that have emerged from Ukraine since Russia's invasion nine months ago, one that has stood out for me is a photo of "Wolf_68" graffitied on the wall of a home in Bucha, a city where Russian troops carried out a grisly massacre of Ukrainian civilians in March. Reuters reporters quickly determined that "Wolf_68" was the handle, on several social media networks, of a Russian soldier from the northwestern city of Pskov. Wolf_68 stands out not only because it's unusual for war criminals to sign their work. The moment also exemplifies a war shaped by its participants' use of social media networks - particularly, Twitter, Instagram and the Russian-developed app Telegram. Media technologies often define wars in popular memory, from Mathew Brady's photographs of the Civil War to … [Read more...] about Book World: A new book on the war in Ukraine tries to tell a story in progress
The Twist of a Knife By Anthony Horowitz Harper. 373. $29.99 - - - Anthony Horowitz is toying with us again. In his latest novel, "The Twist of a Knife," the main character - and possibly murderer - is a mystery writer named Anthony Horowitz. This is the fourth in a series in which Horowitz the real-life writer has audaciously and quite effectively inserted himself, or some version of himself, into his novel. (You don't have to have read the others to thoroughly enjoy this one.) Fictional Horowitz's sidekick in the series is the smart-mouthed ex-Metropolitan Police detective Daniel Hawthorne. To keep readers on their toes, Horowitz the character name-drops the TV and book projects his alter ego in the real world has created - "Midsomer Murders" and "Foyle's War" among them. Trust me, it's more fun than confusing. Like "Glass Onion," "The Twist of a Knife" is as much a work of dry humor as it is a murder mystery. The novel is twisty and fast-paced, as Horowitz and … [Read more...] about Book World: Whodunit? In Anthony Horowitz’s new novel, the villain may be the author.
This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 5 FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Without Max Duggan, the fourth-year quarterback who had lost his starting job going into this season, third-ranked TCU might not be undefeated, getting ready for the Big 12 championship game and on the verge of making the College Football Playoff. “It’s just our guys’ undying belief in him, and our guys trying to play their tails off for him because they have so much respect and admiration for what he brings to our football program every day,” first-year TCU coach Sonny Dykes said. “I’d do anything for that guy," sixth-year senior offensive lineman Wes Harris said. “He’s got the heart of a warrior and he’s just a leader." Since taking over in the second half of the season opener, after redshirt freshman starter Chandler Morris sprained his knee, Duggan has been one of the nation’s most efficient passers. He has completed two-thirds of his … [Read more...] about TCU QB Duggan goes from losing job to winning every game
Listen to this article 1. Will Toyota run away at the head of the field? Toyota topping the timesheets at the Prologue test at Paul Ricard last month came as no surprise, although the sheer size of the gap to the privateers - 4.372 seconds, to be exact - was a shock to some. But that figure doesn't quite tell the full story. Given the two TS050 Hybrids will be running this weekend in low-downforce spec, the relevant gap to the third-placed #11 SMP Racing BR Engineering BR1-AER is cut to 2.883s. And, remember, both Toyotas ran outside of the Equivalence of Technology rules at the Prologue for its best times, and then lapped slower than the leading privateer cars once they returned within the regulations. It's against that backdrop that the WEC's rulemakers decided to reduce the energy available per lap for the non-hybrids, from 1.69x compared to the Toyotas at Paul Ricard to 1.38x at Spa. The privateers have also been hit with a fuel decrease, going from 54kg to 47.1kg per … [Read more...] about Ten things to watch for in the Spa WEC opener