Monday, January 22, 2018

Book Review: Charles Dickens's Six Cities Trilogy

By James J. Hamilton
Just finished reading Charles Dickens’s classic Six Cities trilogy. Before I came across these three books at a thrift store, I didn't even know there was a trilogy. My take: The first one was great, the second was a tad predictable, and the third was very repetitive. I’m no literary expert but I think he should’ve stopped at one. That first book said it all, there was no need for a sequel. It’s like Hollywood churning out remakes on top of reboots: Rocky 6, Fast & Furious 8. That’s Dickens, cashing in on the success of the first Two Cities and doing basically the same thing over again for a big payday. Shameful.

Monday, January 8, 2018

League Commissioners Agree To Eliminate Fighting From Hockey, Move It To Baseball

By James J. Hamilton
NEW YORK—In a joint press conference today, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred announced that their leagues had reached an agreement to eliminate fighting from hockey and move it to baseball. Bettman said outlawing fighting would make hockey safer and more exciting, while Manfred said legalizing fighting in baseball would liven up the leisurely-paced sport with some much-needed violence. Baseball purists and soon-to-be-out-of-work hockey goons denounced the move, saying they would beat the crap out of Bettman and Manfred if only the government hadn't outlawed fighting in real life.