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The Last Five Minutes of Jose Canseco
2008-03-26 15:35
by Alex Belth
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Pat Jordan has a funny story about chasing Jose Canseco for a magazine profile over at Deadspin:

I have been pursuing Jose, like the Holy Grail, for three months now, trying to nail him down for a magazine profile he'd agreed to do in January, partly because, as his lawyer/agent had told me, "Jose's on the balls on his ass," and partly because Jose was trying to interest a publisher in his second steroids-tell-all book, which existed only as a two page proposal of typos that had yet to interest any publisher. This second book would be titled "Vindicated," and it would "encompass approximately 300 pages and will require six months to complete."

My pursuit of Jose began in January when I called him in California. His girlfriend, Heidi, answered the phone. I told her that I was writing a magazine story about Jose writing a book. "And a movie," she said. "Jose is writing a book and a movie about himself." I said, "You mean a screenplay?" She paused a beat, then said, "No, a movie." I said, "Of course."

Uh, and nice zinger to end the piece, right? One commentor on Deadspin said you could just skip the entire story and go right to the last line and that pretty much sums it up. Yow.

2008-03-26 16:44:08
1.   yankee23
I couldn't agree with his lawyer more.
2008-03-26 16:44:24
2.   phredbird
it's true. that's a lot to get through to reach the not-so-stunning revelation at the end.
2008-03-26 18:35:22
3.   VinceMig
I thought it was a great piece. Highly entertaining and well crafted.
2008-03-26 19:37:45
4.   Mr OK Jazz TOKYO
Great stuff. also liked this one about the voice of God
2008-03-26 21:18:22
5.   mbtn01
2008-03-27 08:58:06
6.   The Mick 536
Great stuff, Alex. Want to read Pat Jordan's 1973 book and of course the one you be editing.

As for Jose, what a schmuck. Feel bad for A-Rod. Read Juiced. One of the worst baseball books, ever. But, thenagain, I put Babe Ruth's book ghosted by Asteric Frick in that category two. Like the inside dope on Juicy. Maybe, I'll get that, too.

Anyone ever read any Robert Lipsyte?

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