July 31, 2005
POP CULTURE KILLING YOURSELF TO LIVE: 85% OF A TRUE STORY By Chuck Klosterman. Scribner. 256 pages. Chuck Klosterman is smart enough to recognize the shortcomings in much of the writing of his own generation. It's self-referential, gimmicky and insincere. Too bad Klosterman, 33, can't overcome those weaknesses in his own book, Killing Yourself to Live, an account of his road trip to places where rock musicians died and a history of his own dysfunctional relationships with women. The conceit of the book -- that dying is the best career move a rock star can make -- is nothing new, and Klosterman makes little effort to prove the point, anyway.
October 2, 1991
The Major League Baseball Players Association filed a grievance yesterday in an attempt to block the Houston Astros' 26-game road trip next season caused by the Republican National Convention.The Houston Sports Association, which owns the Astrodome and the Astros, rented the stadium to the Republican National Committee for four weeks. HSA chairman John McMullen did not ask for permission from the National League before renting out the stadium.The Republican convention is scheduled for Aug. 17-20, but organizers say they needed additional time to set up facilities.
April 3, 2004
From the Beat Generation's On the Road to MTV's Road Rules today, it is hard to think of a narrative more basic to American popular culture than the road trip. East to West, ocean to ocean, across the great expanse, it seems as if each generation comes of age using the road trip to test itself - re-enacting in microcosm our national experience of taming the frontier. Coast to Coast, a new Showtime movie starring Judy Davis and Richard Dreyfuss, takes that fundamental storyline and adapts it for an older generation facing a different kind of life passage - a middle-aged couple apparently headed for divorce.
May 11, 1991
The Houston Astros will play all their home games at the Astrodome in 1992, but likely will have a 28-day road trip to accommodate the Republican Party's National Convention.Astros vice president Ted Haracz met with the National League scheduling committee in Chicago on Wednesday.Haracz told the Houston Chronicle the league was against playing any home games in New Orleans or other places while the GOP takes access to the Dome from July 27 to Aug. 24 to set up and tear down the convention.
August 3, 1992
BOSTON -- He was standing to the right side of the mound, one pitch from a certified catastrophe. The home fans were on their feet and shouting at Fenway Park, tingle-toed at the prospect of a ninth-inning win."You have really gotten yourself into one this time," Gregg Olson said to himself, staring at the ball in his right hand and trying to summon the stomach to get back up there and throw a pitch everyone knew was coming.Not his best pitch, either. Not one of the famous Olson curveballs.
May 30, 1994
All things considered, the road trip just concluded by the Orioles was as good as possible. Which, considering the high degree of expectation and the current climate, probably means it wasn't hot enough.When they left town 11 days ago, the Orioles had lost five of their past six games, a stretch they would extend to seven of eight. They were caught in a horrendous batting slump that was causing nervous reactions all over the 75-mile drawing radius.Brady Anderson and Mike Devereaux, the top two hitters in the lineup, had just started to give indications of shaking their doldrums.