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Late Sunday Notebook

By admin Published: December 13, 2009

It has been another weekend of scrambling to get things done. About the only recreation was watching the U of Akron men's soccer team on Friday night and Sunday afternoon on TV; they ended up NCAA runner-up, losing the final on penalty kicks. A noble effort, though, and a fine season, not that you would have known that from listening to the ESPNU/ESPN2 announcers, who endlessly talked up the ACC and dogged Akron. After listening to their swill in the early going of the final, we turned off the audio and put on the radio broadcast of the game. Not perfect, but better than what we had been enduring.

From Sunday's paper:
Malcolm X Abram and I talk about Christmas music, as we do every year. This year we focused on recordings with local connections.

I talk with Akron native Walter Kirn, author of the novel "Up in the Air," now an acclaimed movie starring George Clooney. A very, very good movie, in fact. I saw it last Thursday and it opens locally this coming Friday. (Update: Or Not. The local premiere date has been moved a bunch of times, and as of Monday afternoon it appeared to have been moved again -- to Christmas Day.) Besides my interest in Kirn as a writer and as someone with affection for Akron, the talk was enjoyable because he and I have some overlapping background: we both went to Princeton (me about 10 years before him), belonged to the same eating club (a raffish place in my day and, apparently his), and have had some of the same reactions to it.

Then there's today's DVD column.

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