Author Archives: Camden Joy

3. The Strike

3. The Strike

Then a bigger baseball story takes over. The pension agreement between the owners and the Players Association is expiring. Players want cost-of-living increases attached to their fixed retirement benefits and more robust health care coverage. The owners, who expanded the pension in 1967 and 1969, feel they’ve contributed enough. Talks between the two parties open…Continue Reading

2. Vida Blue

2. Vida Blue

In 1971, his first full year in the major leagues, Vida Blue becomes a media sensation, a picture of him standing perched on the mound like a flamingo, knee at his chin, his right leg drawn in tight against his torso, on the cover of national magazines, the ever-present image of him delivering a pitch redeeming for…Continue Reading

1. The Mustache

1. The Mustache

The year is 1972 and in walks Reggie Jackson wearing a mustache. This is how he shows up at spring training, saying he hasn’t shaved all winter. His teammates, who love nothing more than to make fun of Reggie, grow mustaches too. . The idea is to surround Reggie with so many terrible mustaches that he…Continue Reading

Pavement

In all, I’ve written three manifestos and a short story about Pavement, and recorded one podcast. The short story is “Rattled by the Rush” and appeared in the Chicago Reader. The podcast is about “Give it a Day” and appeared as my eighth podcast. The manifestos are reproduced in Lost Joy and went like this:Continue Reading

Bookforum

Bookforum

REALLY well-done piece by my friend Ben about my books. He asks some very good questions. It was a phone interview. To avoid distraction I took the call in the car. To cut down on street noise I rolled up the windows. Don’t ever do this! It was 90-some degrees outside, about 120 inside, and once I’d…Continue Reading

Beatles Don’t Reunite

Beatles Don’t Reunite

Here is one of two posters I wrote to promote Slowness for our local farmers market. This was after I read Carl Honore(!). The whole thing was designed by Mark Lerner of Rag & Bone Shop.   Princeton Record Exchange paid $50 to get their name put on it.Continue Reading

Even Genius Snoozes

Even Genius Snoozes

Here is the other poster I wrote to promote Slowness for our local farmers market. It was designed by Mark Lerner/Rag & Bone Shop. It was printed and mounted with money I got from Princeton Record Exchange.Continue Reading