Strolled earlier tonight into the Barnes and Noble at 82 Street in Manhattan, where I will tour with The Orphanmaster in June, to find
a) a healthy stack of Fiercely’s on the New Biography display up front, and
b) Jim Abbott, the former Yankees pitcher, giving a talk on his new book, Imperfect: An Improbable Life to a rapt standing-only crowd.
Abbott lacks a hand, and was nonetheless able to make it into the major leagues, pitching with his glove tucked under his arm then quickly whipping it onto his good hand in order to field the ball. I admire his athleticism and perhaps as much his ability to captivate an audience at a bookstore.
When you think you can’t do something, you probably can with some original thinking.