Category Archives: Trainjotting Reader

The Trainjotting Reader: THE TENDER BAR

If you haven’t read J.R. Moehringer’s memoir The Tender Bar, I suggest you do so. It’s funny and heartfelt and exceedingly well written. It’s the story of a boy who is raised as much in a Long Island pub as … Continue reading

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THE TRAINJOTTING READER: Chunkin’ Punkins

OK, this really has nothing to do with trains. I could make some feeble train connection, like, you could trek down to Delaware on Amtrak to check out the flying pumpkins this weekend, but I won’t. And Bridgeville, Delaware isn’t … Continue reading

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The Trainjotting Reader: RUSSELL WILEY IS OUT TO LUNCH

Today’s book excerpt comes from Russell Wiley is Out to Lunch, a workplace satire novel about a guy working at a fictional dying newspaper called the Daily Business Chronicle. It’s written by Richard Hine, a Brit and a veteran of the Wall … Continue reading

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THE TRAINJOTTING READER: Super Sad True Love Story

We’re reading the fairly fun Super Sad True Love Story, by the usually quite clever Gary Shteyngart, a Russian-born young author who’s been in New York for several years. Shteyngart imagines a USA in the not that far off future, … Continue reading

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THE TRAINJOTTING READER: The Big Bam

Seeing as I live about a mile from the Sultan of Swat’s grave, I just finished reading the Babe Ruth biography, The Big Bam. The book, by Leigh Montville, is almost as much about riding trains as it is about baseball. … Continue reading

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THE TRAINJOTTING READER: The Works of Jonathan Lethem

I’ve found myself reading a bit of Jonathan Lethem lately. Lethem is a terrific writer, and has found his niche writing about Brooklyn boys with no mothers. If you think I’m lying about that, the guy even wrote a book … Continue reading

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THE TRAINJOTTING READER: The Given Day

We shared an earlier passage of Dennis Lehane’s The Given Day a few months back–which also had Babe Ruth drinking heavily on a train. It’s a big ol’ 700-pager, but it’s interesting. Lehane of course does those Boston-based crime novels that … Continue reading

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